Friday, June 7, 2013

June 8, 2013: Frank Lloyd Wright

This is the 159th day of the year. We are closing in on the mid-point of the year and the first day of summer (June 21 at 1:04 AM in the Northern Hemisphere). I love summer, heat doesn’t bother me and I love the longer days. We have had very moderate, warm (not hot) weather this spring. This is probably the most normal spring weather we have had in years. I am accustomed to things being very hot, very quickly as we go from winter to five minutes of spring, straight into summer. I have been geocaching with my students in the 21st Century program and it has been awesome. You can geocache in Walt Disney World. A few years ago Disney removed all the physical caches but there are several virtual caches that one may claim on property. If you are interested contact me at

On this date in 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright was born. Wright established the prairie home; he designed the Guggenheim and built what is probably one of the most famous homes in the world, Running Waters, in Pennsylvania. Running Waters has the added feature that it was built on a rock that it was supposed to be built near. The family that commissioned the home loved to picnic on the rock and wanted a home built nearby. Surprise, surprise!
Just before he turned 70, Frank Lloyd Wright was brought in to speak to the artists at Disney’s studios. Jim Korkis has an excellent account of this event writing under his pen name of Wade Sampson. You can find it here:

Visit the Contemporary Resort, a piece of architecture that I think Wright would have appreciated.

On this date in 1917, Walt Disney graduates from Benton Grammar School in Kansas City, Missouri. Walt never graduates from High School as he volunteers to be a Red Cross ambulance driver during World War I and travels to France.
Let’s go to the France Pavilion at EPCOT and enjoy the movie they have on France and her people.

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

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