Our first excuse for the day is based on one of my favorite actors, Giancarlo Esposito, who was born on this day in 1958. Giancarlo played the awesomely villainous Gus Fring on Breaking Bad and Tom Neville on Revolution. He had played in dozens of films and shows and even has a Disney connection playing Sidney Glass (The Magic Mirror) on Once Upon A Time. Let’s honor Giancarlo by playing Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. Mirror, mirror, on the wall…
On this date in 1916, Vic Perrin, the “control voice” in the original Outer Limits, was born in Wisconsin. I always loved The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone and we had a couple of stations that played both frequently. To honor Vic, let’s go to EPCOT and enjoy the attraction that he narrated at one time, Spaceship Earth.
Character actor Denis O’Dea was born on this date in 1905 in Dublin, Ireland. O’Dea was a specialist in strong-willed Irish police officers and priests. For Disney he played Father Murphy in Darby O’Gill and the Little People and Dr. Livesy in Treasure Island. Let’s ride Pirates of the Caribbean in his honor.
1564: William Shakespeare was born. Visit the British Pavilion at EPCOT.
1900: Charles Richter was born. Richter invented the scale used to measure earthquakes. Let’s go watch Mulch, Sweat and Shears at Hollywood Studios and shake it like an Earthquake.
1906: Gracie Allen, wife of George Burns was born. “Say, goodnight Gracie.” “Goodnight Gracie.” Make sure you take sunscreen to Walt Disney World. We don’t want any burns. (Hey, it’s free.)
1933: Carol Burnett. I love Carol Burnett and watched her show a great deal and loved her 2005 version of Once Upon a Mattress. My son played Prince Dauntless in Louisa Middle School’s production of the musical and we watched the 2005 version to get the feel for the show. Of course this version aired on The Wonderful World of Disney and was released by Disney on DVD.
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.