Sunday, March 10, 2013

March 11, 2013: Tall Tales.

Today is Johnny Appleseed Day. John Chapman travelled about the United States preaching the Gospel and planting apple tree nurseries. The image of Johnny Appleseed travelling in tattered clothes with his cooking pot on his head and randomly spreading apple seeds is more the work of legend. Johnny and his half-brother lived a nomad lifestyle on the American frontier travelling and planting their apple trees. John Chapman lived to see his legend grow and, like many of the tall tales of the American frontier, did great things that became even greater in the retelling. Another of the great legends of the American frontier was Pecos Bill. So let’s go to Frontierland, get a meal at Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale CafĂ© and honor all the great men who become even greater in legend.

In 1956, Rob Paulsen was born in Detroit, Michigan. Paulsen has been is scores of animated movies, television shows and video games. As bad as I feel at the moment (dang virus), I cannot begin to give a comprehensive list of Paulsen’s role but here are a few: Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, Little Mermaid III, Fox and the Hound II, Kingdom Hearts II, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, Mulan II, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, Teacher’s Pet, Stitch! The Movie, and Cinderella II: Dreams Come True. This is only a swipe across the surface of Paulsen’s career, trust me, there is so much more. In fact, just go any where in Walt Disney World, there is something he was involved in everywhere.

1892 – The first public basketball game is played in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1956 – This season is the first where American League batters are required to wear batting helmets.

1986 – The National Football League institutes instant replay.

Three big events in American sports, one way to visit Walt Disney World and honor them all, the All Star Sports Resort; A tribute to sports and those who play them. You can stay in areas themed to all the major American sports and have easy access to everything Disney.

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

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