Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 10, 2013: Not McQueen, just lightning.

Matt’s tennis team are region champs for the fourth year in a row.  Next week they travel to Lexington to participate in the Kentucky State High School Tennis Tournament. Matt get’s to play for the first time, after six years of play. Keep moving forward.

On this date in 1922, Nancy Walker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nancy played Rosie, the coffee counter waitress who was forever cleaning up messes with Bounty paper towels. In 1973, Walker appeared as Mrs. Petersen in The World’s Greatest Athlete. So let’s visit the All-Star Sports Resort and remember: Bounty is the quicker picker upper.

Rosie the waitress for Bounty.

I would have paid a huge amount of cash to have the voice of Gary Owens. I always thought of his voice as the perfect announcers voice. As the announcer of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, he was forever broadcasting from “Beautiful Downtown Burbank.” Owens was the voice of World of Motion at EPCOT Center and a host of other Disney projects: The Love Bug, Return from Witch Mountain, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and Wizards of Waverly Place. In 1980, Gary received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame right beside Walt. Gary was born on this day in 1936; celebrate his birthday on the Buzz Lightyear ride at The Magic Kingdom.

A short clip from Laugh-In

Paige O’Hara was born on this date in 1956 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If she had never done anything else, one role ensured her spot as a Disney Legend. Paige is the voice of Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She has also played Belle in Belle’s Magical World, Beauty and the World of Music and Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. Get to Hollywood Studios and watch the stage version of Beauty and the Beast. The show opened at the Studios on the same day the movie opened in theatres and it has run ever since.

Finally, on this day in 1752, Benjamin Franklin first tested the lightning rod. Orlando is lightning central and every building has a, if not multiple, lightning rods. Just look around, you’ll see them everywhere. They are crucial, two years ago, while we were eating at Le Cellier in EPCOT, the building we were in was hit by lightning… it’s scary even with the lightning rods.

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

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