Monday, April 15, 2013

To say that 2013 is a busy year on my side would be the understatement of the decade. On the Disney history side, I recently completed the manuscript of Walt's People - Volume 13, am hard at work on Volume 14, and am finalizing a fascinating (from my point of view) monograph about Walt's trip to Europe in 1935. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Some projects take more time than others: Greg Ehrbar and I have spent close to 5 years working on the autobiography of Jimmy Johnson. Inside the Whimsy Works was written by the Disneyland Records President in 1975. Jimmy passed away shortly afterwards and the manuscript gathered dust for more than 30 years until Greg and I decided to approach Jimmy's family to release it. It will finally be published in February of next year. For all of you interested in the business side of the company this will be a "must-have."

Note: My good friend Jim Marks was an instrumental part of the project from day one and although his really great layout design was not used in the final book (since University of Mississippi Press decided to use their own designers) the project would not have been able to happen without him.

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