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  • Blog Post: A chat with Jim Henson

    So ... for once in my life, the Long Island Railroad's ineptitude delivers me a real sweet deal. Thanks to my train's major delay, I missed my intern meeting with Jim Henson. The stars were apparently aligned in my favor though. Once I finally arrived at the townhouse headquarters of Jim Henson Productions...
  • Blog Post: Is This The Last Round-Up for Travelers?

    Untitled Document I don’t know how things are in your neck of the woods, but in most places the cost of a tank of gas for the family sedan has been taking a bigger bite of out our wallets week by week this year. Take for example, downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, August 13th. Unleaded Regular at...
  • Blog Post: A Fond Look Back at Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Celebration: Part IV

    It's 3:15 a.m. When a normal person would usually be asleep. But I am NOT a normal person. I am a hardcore Disneyana fan. Which is why I am standing in line outside of Disney's California Adventure. Waiting to get into this theme park, so that -- later this morning -- I can then be among the first to...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney remembers his studio's "Growing Pains"

    The following is an excerpt from an article entitled "Growing Pains." In which Walt Disney (circa December of 1940) recalls what it took to make his tiny little studio into the Hollywood powerhouse that WDS was just prior to the start of WWII: Advertisement My business has been a thrilling adventure...
  • Blog Post: A fond look back at Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration: Part II

    "When you wish upon a star ..." The Walt Disney Company actually wished on quite a few stars these past few months. With the hope that these entertainers would help create some additional hype for Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration. During the official kick-off of the "Happiest Homecoming on Earth...
  • Blog Post: How Walt Disney himself helped to usher in the age of Technicolor

    Last week, I was talking about some of the new obscure Disney books that are coming out and forgot to mention that "Time to Rewind: A Guide to Collecting Disneyana Ingersoll Wrist Watches 1932-1939" is only available at this website . "Time to Rewind" is the most complete reference guide ever published...
  • Blog Post: How the Muggles at Disney missed out on "Harry Potter"

    Jim Hill here. And -- Boy -- have I got a great story for you folks today! This has been one of those urban legends that has been circulating around the Web for years now. About how some unnamed executive on the publishing side of The Walt Disney Company had had the chance to acquire the rights to J...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Fred Joerger (1913 - 2005)

    Fred Joerger was a rock. Mind you, I'm not just saying because Fred's specialization at WED was rockwork. But -- rather -- because the late Mr. Joerger really was one of the "rocks" upon which Walt Disney built his theme park organization. After all, Fred was one of the very first people that Walt hired...
  • Blog Post: A fond look back at Disneyland's 50th Anniversary celebration: Part I

    Okay. I know. The Walt Disney Company wants to keep this " Happiest Homecoming on Earth " thing going through September of 2006. But let's be honest here, folks. For even the most diehard of Disney fan, the unofficial end of Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration is this coming weekend. AKA Labor...
  • Blog Post: Why For do those raccoons have such big ...

    First up, Michael F. writes in to ask: Jim -- Do you know if the Walt Disney Company ever has plans to release the Oswald the Lucky rabbit shorts on DVD? As a Disney history buff, I'd love to be able to take a look at Walt's pre-Mickey work. See of there are any hints of the greatness yet to come. Have...
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