On this date in 1921, Richard Deacon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Deacon starred as Mel Cooley on The Dick Van Dyke Show and as Lumpy’s dad on Leave It To Beaver. Deacon’s Disney Pedigree includes: Blackbeard’s Ghost, Lt. Robin Crusoe, U. S. N., and That Darn Cat. Of course, Dick Van Dyke also starred in Mary Poppins, which is featured on The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios.
On this date in 1944, in a state, far, far away, (California), George Lucas was born. George made American Graffiti, which inspired the Happy Days craze, but it was his next movie that changed the worldwide movie landscape. I was 15 when I first saw Star Wars and I’ve been on that ride for over 35 years now. Then he was a huge part of the team that brought us Indiana Jones. Lucas worked out deals to feature his creations in Disney parks, he had a little division of Lucasfilm called the Graphics Group that went on to become Pixar and in 2012 he sold the rights to all of it, including Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound to Disney. Also, I think it’s cool that his last name is Lucas and his big hero’s name is Luke. You cannot have a Disney blog and deny George Lucas. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “Everything that I love has a Disney connection.”
Today is National Chicken Dance Day. So go to the parks and dance, dance, dance. No one will care.
1936: Bobby Darin was born. I walk around singing “Mack the Knife” all the time but I sing it with the hand motion of a shark that Steve Martin added years after Bobby Darin sang the song. I thought Bobby Darin was the coolest guy on Earth (although that was probably Frank Sinatra) he was right up there and died way too young. When you’ve got that much heart sometimes it just gives out on you. So sing the song, make the hand motion and go to the Seas at EPCOT and take your picture inside a real shark’s mouth (okay it’s fake but it looks cool).
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.