The International Ventriloquists Association honored Willie Tyler & Lester at its annual convention in Las Vegas last weekend, according to AP. "It all started when I was 10 years old," Tyler told the crowd as he reminisced about his 40-year career. "Coming home from school everyday and I would gaze into the window of this thrift shop just down the street from where I lived. In the middle of all the dusty articles on display sat a very unusual ventriloquist's character that would stare down at me."