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

When is a castle not a castle?

A castle is a fortress meant to protect the regent. The king and queen’s living and entertaining spaces are surrounded by a walled city, which is, in turn, surrounded by battlements and defensive constructions, such as moats and walls which taper out (called a battered wall) to make scaling with ladders more difficult. Bridges across the moat can be retracted or raised, and strategic points often feature a series of obstacles--“defense in depth” as it’s known. A drawbridge typically has a strengthened gate (a portcullis, literally “sliding door”) behind it, and paths toward the central “keep” are more maze-like than linear. Defensive aspects can turn offensive--hot tar can be poured from the parapets, the moving edge of the portcullis often had sharpened spikes, and crenelations (the up and down along the parapet) were meant to shield archers.

Because many fairy tales involve royalty, castles figure in stories from Snow White to Cinderella. As a rule, the military aspects don’t matte…

Walt Wants a Pretzel

Walt Disney was fascinated by the mixture of terror and joy on children's faces as their electric vehicles crashed through the exit doors of the Haunted Castle at Dave Bradley's kiddieland.

"I had a little dark ride," Bradley explained to me. "It was all very dark and I had thrown up a black light and things would pop up and scare the hell out of the kids. It was just as scary as I could make it. Kids are born, brought up to believe in scary. At night, they go to bed, there's a boogeyman right there. They see all this stuff. They believe it."

The electric dark ride was called a Pretzel, after the company that invented the ride: the Pretzel Amusement Ride Company of Bridgeton, New Jersey (45 miles west of Atlantic City). The founder, Leon Cassidy, patented the concept in 1928. At the time, many parks had a Mill Ride, in which boats traveled in a flume, propelled by the moving water. Cassidy's goal was to create a Mill Ride that did not require the p…

Where Chemistry Works Wonders For You

Chemistry leads to the future. A future filled with rocket ships, submarines capable of sailing under the polar ice caps, new medicines, fast food, and plastics. No surprise, then, that the entrance to Tomorrowland includes the portal of the Hall of Chemistry.

A bridge over an architectural pool led through the beckoning doorway. Inside, the hall was dominated by a revolving display of eight test tubes—the Chemitron. Each test tube contained one of the "eight basic materials found in nature from which countless chemicals and plastics can be made."

Salt, Sulfur, Oil, Coal, Air, Phosphate rock, Limestone, and Water. You were expecting more periodic table? "Did you know that from coal it is possible to make over a quarter of a million different substances? From plastics to perfumes, from drugs to disinfectants—hundred of the things you use today...and will use tomorrow...are derived chemically—from coal. And thousands more will be found tomorrow."

The Chemitron (spel…