Saturday, May 11, 2013

May 12, 2013: Willy, nilly, silly old bear.

Today is Mothers’ Day. I am thankful for my mother, my wife and my mother-in-law. Unfortunately all of our grandmothers have passed away. Love your mother, let her know you love her and appreciate her while you have her: Happy Mothers’ Day.

On this date in 1934, Winnie the Bear passed away at the London Zoo, aged 20 years. Winnie lived at the zoo from 1915 until her death. Winnie was a favorite of author A. A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, and the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh. Go to The Magic Kingdom and ride the Pooh ride where Fantasyland meets Tomorrowland.

One of my favorite words is stuff. Of course, you need a place for your stuff and no one knew this better than George Carlin. Carlin had a routine called “A place for my stuff.” Carlin was born on this date in 1936 and he became famous for his routine on the seven words you can’t say on television. Unfortunately most of them are now perfectly acceptable. Carlin’s career morphed throughout the years and at the end of his career he did some great work for Disney: in Cars, he was Filmore and in Tarzan II he was Zugor. So let’s go to Art of Animation where a quarter of the resort is devoted to the characters of Cars.


1939: Ron Ziegler was born in Covington, Kentucky. Ziegler was President Nixon’s press secretary but before that he was a Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland. So go to Adventureland and enjoy a Jungle Cruise.

1950: Bruce Boxleitner was born in Elgin, Illinois. Boxleitner starred in both Tron movies. Go to EPCOT and ride Tron Track, you know it; it’s the attraction where Test Track once was. Visit Inside the Magic for more information on how to do that.

Hug Your Cat Day. Go to The Animal Kingdom but resist the urge to hug the big cats there.

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

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