I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: "A Walt Disney Christmas" 1982
that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.
December 15, 1966
Walt Disney dies. Born on a Missouri farm, Walt Disney sold his first
sketches to neighbors when he was just seven, and he attended the Kansas City
Art Institute at night while he was in high school. At age 16, during World War
I, Disney went overseas with the Red Cross and drove an ambulance that he decorated
with cartoon characters.
in Kansas City, Disney started working as an advertising cartoonist. He founded
a company called Laugh-O-Gram with his older brother, Roy, but the company went
bankrupt and the brothers left Kansas City for Hollywood with $40 and some art
supplies. The brothers built a camera stand in their uncle's garage and started
their company in the back of a Hollywood real estate office.
Disney began making a series of animated short films called Alice in
Cartoonland and began developing various animated characters. In 1928, he
introduced Mickey Mouse in two silent movies. Mickey debuted on the big screen
in Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon ever
made. Walt Disney provided Mickey's squeaky voice himself. The company went on
to produce a series of sound cartoons, such as the "Silly Symphony"
series, which included The Three Little Pigs (1933) and introduced
characters like Donald Duck and Goofy. Meanwhile, the company developed
increasingly sophisticated animation technology.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1937, it was the first
fully animated movie to date and grossed $8 million, an incredible success
during the Depression. During World War II, Disney devoted most of his company's
resources to the production of training and propaganda films for the military.
In 1965, he designed the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT),
which he envisioned as an aid toward improving the quality of life in American
cities. He also helped establish the California Institute of the Arts in 1961.
His 43-year career earned him nearly 1,000 honors and citations from throughout
the world, including 48 Academy Awards and seven Emmys. Harvard, Yale, the
University of Southern California, and UCLA all bestowed him with honorary
degrees. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, France's Legion of
Honor and Officer d'Academie decorations, Thailand's Order of the Crown,
Brazil's Order of the Southern Cross, Mexico's Order of the Aztec Eagle, and
the Showman of the World Award from the National Association of Theatre Owners.
In addition to his films, his legend lives on through Disneyland, Walt Disney
World, and EPCOT Center, and generations of children have experienced the joy
and magic of The Happiest Place on Earth. Walt Disney was 65 years old when he