Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 14, 2013: Walt, Mickey and DeMolay

Today is the installation of officers at River Cities DeMolay and my son is being installed as the Master Councilor. Walt Disney was a DeMolay member, in fact the 107th member of the original DeMolay Chapter in Kansas City, Missouri. Walt was proud of his time in DeMolay and attributed many of his successes to the principles he learned in DeMolay. Walt gave his okay for Mickey Mouse to be a DeMolay and for several years Mickey appeared in comic strips intended for publication in DeMolay newsletters. DeMolay is the only organization that can claim Mickey Mouse as a member. I am including a Mickey Mouse DeMolay comic strip below. Best wishes for a successful term for the River Cities DeMolay.

From the Disney History Institute

Kenneth Mars was born on this date in 1935. Kenneth had many, many acting roles. Mars was a regular in Mel Brooks’ movies playing the insane Nazi playwright in The Producers and the unstoppable inspector in Young Frankenstein but he has a Disney pedigree as well. Kenneth was the voice of King Triton in The Little Mermaid and The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, he played Marshal Woolly Bill Hitchcock in The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, and he had appearances, or provided voices for: Hannah Montana, Darkwing Duck and Tale Spin. Since it’s new to Fantasyland, let’s go to The Magic Kingdom and ride the Voyage of the Little Mermaid in honor of her father… Kenneth Mars.

Brad Garrett was born on this day in 1960, and while he is best known as Robert Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, he has a great Disney resume’. Garrett was the voice of Auguste Gusteau in Ratatouille, Bloat in Finding Nemo, Fred in The Country Bears, A Bug’s Life, 101 Dalmations: The Series, Tarzan II, Kim Possible, An Extremely Goofy Movie and Tangled. Go to the France Pavilion at EPCOT and look for the many references to Ratatouille.

On a sad note, something we try to avoid, Walt Disney won his last Oscar on this date in 1969. Walt was nominated for more Oscars (59) and won more Oscars (26) than any other person. The award was for Winnie The Pooh and the Blustery Day and was awarded to Walt posthumously since the film was in production prior to Walt’s death in 1966. Let’s ride the Pooh attraction at The Magic Kingdom since it features many elements from that blustery day.

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

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