Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June 19, 2013: Greeeeeeen Acres is the place to be...

Today is Mr. Haney’s birthday. If you’re my age you probably remember Mr. Haney on Green Acres and Petticoat Junction. Mr. Haney was a salesman / low level con man that worked the community around Hooterville. He was a funny guy. Pat Buttram was born on this day in 1915 in Addison, Alabama. Buttram also had several Disney connections. Pat provided the voice of Chief in The Fox and the Hound, Luke in Rescuers, The Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood and Possum Park Emcee in A Goofy Movie. Let’s search out Goofy and Max in favor of Pat’s last role.

On this date in 1965, Sean Marshall who played Pete in Pete’s Dragon was born in Canoga Park, California. Check out the parade and look for Pete and his dragon.

My favorite place to visit in The Magic Kingdom is not Cinderella Castle but is located in front of the castle. The Partners Statue featuring Walt and Mickey looking down Main Street, U.S.A. really sums up what The Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World is all about, a man, a mouse and a vision. Walt is pointing and telling Mickey to, “Look at all the happy people.” This Sunday I will be happy, very happy.

Heart are a special group for me. I have seen them live several times and the first time I saw Heart was also my brother Bob’s first concert. He was twelve and Ann and Nancy Wilson flirted with him all night long, as he was the only twelve-year-old on the front row in a festival seating show. Nancy came out at the end of the show and gave him a thumb pick that we still have. Today is Ann Wilson’s birthday and we’ll not throw numbers around because we’re all older and life goes on. There’s live music at EPCOT all summer, check it out and think of Ann while you rock out.

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

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