Long was born in Seattle and studied journalism at the University of Washington. (Long was three years younger than Ken Anderson, who earned a BA in Architecture from UW '34, and the same age as Van France, who was also born in Seattle, but raised in San Diego. Welton Becket graduated UW '27.)
|Long (left) in 1937|
After Pearl Harbor, Long enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Lieutenant Commander Long shot 16mm film aboard several aircraft carriers in the Pacific. He happened to film the crash landing of a Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter aboard the Yorktown, footage that has been spliced into countless Hollywood movies since. Long's Kodachrome footage of the Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 1944) formed the basis of the 20th Century-Fox film The Fighting Lady, released later that year.
We don't know when Walt Disney met Dwight Long, but Walt knew several people who were out and about with cameras—Elma and Alfred Milotte, who would film Seal Island and other True-Life Adventures for Walt; and Edgar Queeny, a hobbyist who produced serious nature films of Canadian salmon and lost tribes of Africa, for example. Queeny also happened to be the CEO of Monsanto Chemical Works. Dr. McGinnity of Cal Tech's Marine Biology lab produced footage that Walt wanted to use in an underwater True-Life.
|Dwight Long in 1953 with an artifact from Tanga-Tika. (Photo: Saltwater People Historical Society)|
|Jewelry (112) and Tobacconist (104, 106) flank the Cinema. (Photo: 2003 by Alastair Dallas/Inventing Disneyland)|
Disneyland took over the Tobacconist in 1960, and Long left the park in 1966. Long continued to operate specialty stores all over Southern California at the Queen Mary and Ports O'Call Village. Mr. Long died at the age of 89 in Santa Monica in 2001.
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