Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 6, 2013: Mr. Reagan, you're President of the United States. What are you going to do now?

Our Quick Recall team finally had the opportunity to compete in Regional competition last night after several delays. Our kids had the best performance of any team in the history of LMS. We played four rounds of Quick Recall and finished fourth over all. Awesome. Tonight they compete in Written Tests with the Regional Awards ceremony immediately after testing is completed. We are so proud of our students.

February 6,1859 is a date that changed our lives in numerous ways. Elias Disney is born to Kepple Disney II and Mary Richardson in Bluevale, Ontario, Canada. Elias eventually settled in Ellis, Kansas and in 1893 worked in the construction of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Elias continued to work as a general contractor and opened his first office in 1895. I am sure he inspired his son, Walter Elias Disney, and he is honored with a Main Street window at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom that reads: Elias Disney, Contractor, Est. 1895. Visit the Magic Kingdom, take your time, look up and look for that window.

"Right down the middle of Main Street, USA."

One of my true-life heroes was born on this day in 1911. Ronald Wilson Reagan, actor, personal friend of Walt Disney, Governor of California and the 40th President of the United States of America. In 1955, Reagan took part in Disneyland’s opening day television show. As Governor of California, in 1966, Reagan promoted the creation of a commemorative Walt Disney stamp. As president, Reagan visited EPCOT and the American Adventure, which he visited again in May 1985 after his second inauguration. So you need to do what he did, and visit the American Adventure, which features two more of my heroes, Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain.

February 6, 1914: Thurl Ravenscroft is born in Norfolk, Nebraska. He is the voice behind many of Disney's animated characters such as Kirby in The Brave Little Toaster, the Knight in The Sword in the Stone, the Captain in One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Billy Bass in The Aristocats. Ravenscroft's voice can be heard on countless Disney television shows, films, records and theme park attractions (such as the Haunted Mansion and Country Bear Jamboree). He also took part in Disneyland's opening day, with Ronald Reagan, as an announcer for many of the events. (You may recognize Ravenscroft's deep voice on "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from the TV special How The Grinch Stole Christmas! and as the voice of Kellogg's Tony the Tiger in more than 500 television commercials.) Go anywhere you wish in WDW, you’ll find something from Thurl almost everywhere.

In the queue for The Haunted Mansion

Finally, don’t ask Rick Astley to borrow a Pixar movie featuring a dog named Dug, because even though it is his birthday, He’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting on your dreams to come true.

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