Ruth Buzzi was born in Westerly, Rhode Island on this date in 1936. I will always think of Buzzi on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, dressed as a frumpy old lady with her hair in a prominent net, hitting Arte Johnson with her purse as he made, slightly, improper propositions to her. An accomplished comedienne, Buzzi has done a considerable body of work for Disney: Darkwing Duck, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The North Avenue Irregulars, It’s Tough to be a Bird, The Aristocrats and Freaky Friday. We’ve seen Marie from The Aristocats at The Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, which made Leslie very happy and it will make you happy too.
My favorite singer is Ian Hunter and, in the late 70’s / early 80’s, Hunter was on an ABC show called Fridays. Fridays was like Saturday Night Live’s weird cousin and it featured a very strange improve actor named Michael Richards. Richards was born on this day in 1949 in Los Angeles, California. Richards went on to become famous as Cosmo Kramer on Seinfeld but Richards also appeared on the 1994 television special The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic. For our WDW interests, Richards also appears as a caveman in Ellen’s Energy Adventure. So ride with Ellen and remember; it’s the best nap at Walt Disney World.
Wonder Woman! Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, was born on this date in 1951 at Phoenix, Arizona. Carter also played Principal Powers in Sky High, one of my favorite live action Disney movies. In fact, I would love to see a Sky High 2. There could be an entirely new story line but including a new crop of students. Wonder Woman has an invisible plane and when you ride Soarin’ it is like riding an invisible plane so let’s do that (you can be Wonder Woman or Superman, which ever you prefer).
Kristin Chenoweth was born in Oklahoma on this date in 1968. My kids are huge fans of musical theater and Chenoweth is a Tony Award winning actress in the field having portrayed Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Glinda in Wicked. Chenoweth has also worked in television starring in: The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, and Glee. Chenoweth sang, “That’s How You Know” From Enchanted and voiced Rosetta, the garden fairy in Tinkerbell. Let’s enjoy some Pixie Hollow fun and look for Tinkerbell around the parks. Sometimes she just magically appears.
July 24: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Pioneer Day. This celebrates Brigham Young’s arrival in the Salt Lake Valley. Utah, some surrounding areas, as well as LDS Churches celebrate this holiday. Enjoy Frontierland at The Magic Kingdom as a commitment to keep moving forward.
Today is Cousins Day. Cousins are your first, and in some cases, closest friends. My cousins went to WDW when it first opened and really was pretty much The Magic Kingdom. We have been trying to get my kids’ cousin Ben to raise enough money to go to Walt Disney World with us; he would be the fourth person outside our immediate family who we have taken to WDW for the first time.
1942: Chris Sarandon was born in Beckley, West Virginia. Sarandon’s credits include Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas and related properties, Prince Humperdink in The Princess Bride, and parts in both versions of Fright Night. You can find all kinds of Jack Skellington related merchandise at WDW, especially at the Villains’ Store at Hollywood Studios.
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.