Like most ventriloquists of the day, Jay Johnson corresponded with W.S. Berger in the late 60’s… by letter; and like most other ventriloquists became a fan of Vent Haven. A decade later Jay was hired to play the part of ventriloquist Chuck Campbell on the television show “SOAP”. As Jay continued his ventriloqual career he was honored with a position on the Vent Haven Museum board of Advisors. In 2007 his autobiographical Broadway stage show, “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only”, about his life and art as a ventriloquist, won the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Award® for “Best Special Theatrical Event”. He became the first ventriloquist ever to be given a Tony Award.