Thursday, July 25, 2013

July 26, 2013: Talk in an elevator day.

Today is National Talk in An Elevator Day. We all know how awkward it is when a total stranger starts to talk to you in an elevator. In fact, most of us will stare at the little numbers rather than risk eye contact and a conversation. So how does one celebrate Talk in An Elevator Day? The Tower of Terror, where you cannot only talk but scream in your elevator.

Jean Shepherd was born on this day in 1921 in Chicago, Illinois. Shepherd is famous for his series of stories that led to the classic A Christmas Story movie. Not only did Shepherd write the stories but he was also the narrator of the movie speaking as Ralphie, all grown up, telling his story. Shepherd is also the voice of the Father in Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at The Magic Kingdom. So, go enjoy the attraction and remember, “There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow.”

Kevin Spacey was born on this day in 1959 in South Orange, New Jersey. Spacey has a number of interesting roles: Lex Luthor in Superman Returns, an alien / mental patient in K-Pax, and Hopper in A Bug’s Life. Honor Mr. Spacey with a visit to the Animal Kingdom and a few moments enjoying It’s Tough to be A Bug.

Stanley Kubrick was born on this date in 1928 in the Bronx. Kubrick was one of the truly great directors of our time. A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove (or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb), 2001: A Space Odyssey are all great films in the cinema pantheon. It’s hard to think of two men with visions as different as Kubrick and Walt Disney but both men were definitely visionaries. Enjoy Walt’s vision at One Man’s Dream at Hollywood Studios.

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

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