Thursday, August 14, 2014

Temporary shutdown

There are days when trying to preserve Disney History is really not fun. Unfortunately the last two months have been full on those on my end. It looks as if I need a break. The blog will be closed until August 25 to allow me to regain faith and stamina Disney-history-wise.
Two web sites which are definitely each worth several visits:

- Passport to Dreams Old and New about Disney live-action movies (Thanks to Andrew Toffoli for the link).

- Alberto Becattini's fantastic blog

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I had a chance to start reading Bobby Burgess' autobiography, released recently by Theme Park Press. I loved the two chapters about Bobby's career as a Mouseketeer. The other sections of the book are of less interest to me, but you will thoroughly enjoy them if you are also interested in  Bobby's non-Disney career which is quite fascinating in itself.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I had the pleasure of making a very cool discovery last week which involves Disney and Dr. Seuss. I do not believe anyone knew about this and I therefore decided to write a small essay about it for the Disney History Institute. Enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Interesting photo uncovered online recently while looking for something else. The caption seems to be:

[February 13, 1942. Walt Disney and others posing at the head table of a South Central Business Association luncheon at the Blue Bird Cafeteria. The individuals are, from left to right: Homer L. Blackwell of the National Screen Service Corp.; Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald Duck; Mrs. Lillian Bounds Disney, Walt Disney's wife; Kansas City Mayor John B. Gage; Walt Disney; SCBA President Edwin J. Barnes, Sr.; Frank S. Land, founder of the Grand Council of DeMolay; Mrs. Joseph C. Wirthman; Keith Martin, Director of the Kansas City Art Institute; and three of Disney's classmates from Benton School--George L. Williams, Louis G. Lower, and Donald Monroe.]

[UPDATE: I had a nagging feeling that I had already seen this photo somewhere. David Lesjak reminds me that it was in one of his posts :-)]

Friday, August 08, 2014

An other very intriguing book just released by Theme Park Press. I have a feeling this one will be excellent. More in a few weeks when I get a copy.

http://themeparkpress.com/books/haunted-mansion.htm
http://blog.themeparkpress.com/author-jeff-baham-on-the-haunted-mansion

Thursday, August 07, 2014

This documentary about Marceline seems to be quite interesting. I have not yet seen it but have just ordered the DVD.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This wonderful photo of Walt with George McManus was recently unearthed by Are Myklebust. Pure delight.