Skip to main content

Southern California March 13-17, 2019

A lot of folks have asked how they could have their copy of Inventing Disneyland signed, and I would be glad to do it, but I'm based in Seattle. I'll be in the Los Angeles area next week and I'll visit these spots to meet folks--feel free to drop by with questions and/or books to sign.

Wednesday, March 13 11am
Orange County Archives
Old Orange County Courthouse  (basement, east end)
211 W. Santa Ana Boulevard, Santa Ana

We'll be in San Diego that afternoon. If you'd like to meet, please suggest a location in the comments or by email at: inventingdisneyland@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 14 1pm
New Starbucks
Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs

Sunday, March 17 11am-3pm
Walt's Barn - The Carolwood Foundation
5202 Zoo Drive, LA 90027
Between Travel Town and the Victory Blvd. bridge, just east of the LA Live Steamers.

I highly recommend both the Orange County Archives and Walt's Barn--if you haven't visited, this would be a good opportunity. If you make it to Walt's Barn, the Tam O'Shanter Inn, one of Walt's favorites, is not far away at 2980 Los Feliz Blvd. (323) 664-0228 but I can't promise it won't be mobbed on St. Patrick's Day.

I'm looking forward to meeting online-only friends, reconnecting with folks, and meeting new people. Hope you can make it.

/alastair/


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Time Nat Winecoff Invented Disneyland

Walt Disney's creative vision and dogged determination made Disneyland a reality. The park embodies his dreams and ideals, but the hard fact is that he needed a lot of help to coax his ideas into tangible reality. Many assume that Walt turned to his world-class staff of artists to develop his park, but they formed the reserves. In fact, Walt formed a cadre of white men mostly in their forties from outside the studio to invent Disneyland.

September 1952 was a pivotal time at the Disney lot, five months before the release of Peter Pan. Walt had built himself a party house farther from the studio, was distracted by his backyard train and other hobbies, and had begun spending weeks at a time in Europe. He returned from his fourth summer in Europe to find that his brother, Roy, had apparently foiled Walt's plan for a Mickey Mouse Park on studio property in Burbank with a whisper campaign among city politicians and money men.

Walt was as restless as his brother Roy was conservative…

Bruce Bushman, Disney Legend

Original imagineer Bruce Bushman has not been recognized by the Walt Disney Company as a "Legend," and that's an omission—he had a tremendous influence on the design of Disneyland.

Bruce was born in New Jersey on April 20, 1911, the son of film star Francis X. Bushman and his first wife, Josephine Fladune. He and his brothers and sisters were raised in Baltimore by their mother. Josephine moved to Santa Monica, California in the late 1920s and Bruce followed around 1931. He attended UCLA and the Chouinard Art Institute and made his living as an artist before joining Walt Disney Productions in the late 1930s.

Bruce was a layout artist on Pinocchio (1940), co-art directed the Nutcracker Suite sequence in Fantasia (1940), and laid out many short cartoons. His first screen credit was on the short First Aiders (1944), and he contributed to the classic short Pigs is Pigs (1954).

Bushman became a sketch artist for the live action film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in late 1953, …

Want to Invest in Disneyland? Read this Prospectus.

What's a Disneyland? you ask. It's late September of 1954, and you would be forgiven for not knowing the slightest thing about it. Disney had been approaching General Motors, General Foods, General Mills, General Electric, but that list doesn't include your company.

Television insiders were surprised six months before when Variety and other papers said that Walt Disney had agreed to join dozens of other celebrities to host a television show, but it wouldn't debut until the week of Halloween. At the time, there was mention of a kiddieland, but you ignored that as just ballyhoo for the new variety show. It's show biz, not your biz.

You run a company like Sunnyview Farms, makers of jams, jellies, and sugary candies. Maybe you're Anne Cole, designer of swimwear, or the Bekins brothers, leaders in the moving and storage trade. You could be in charge of advertising for the Pen Corporation of America, or the Shoe Corporation of America, for that matter. Maybe you are …