Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 8, 2013: Give me Liberty (or at least the bell).

On this date in 1776, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was one of many bells rung to summon citizens for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. In Walt Disney World's Liberty Square there is a replica of the Liberty Bell. The replica was cast from the mold of the actual Liberty Bell! In 1976,
50 replicas were cast and molded in honor of the 200th birthday of the USA.
Each state received one and placed it in a spot of their choice. As Pennsylvania now had two Liberty Bells, Disney asked if they could acquire the replica for their Liberty Square. I’ve used the following picture a couple of times; it includes myself and my kids (at a much earlier age) posing with the bell. Go see it.

In 2009, John Lasseter dug up the first square of soil that would become Cars Land. During the ceremony, Lasseter takes a can of spray paint and tags the pavement with a Lightning McQueen. Lasseter also drew a lightning McQueen that was added to the decoration of the Art of Animation resort. My daughter took the picture you see below in 2012 when we visited A of A and noted that the autograph is exactly like the one he did on her 8 X 10 of Woody and Buzz. The rumors are buzzing that Disney will add a Cars Land to Hollywood Studios. Let’s hope they do.


1800: Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse gives the first cowpox vaccination to his son to prevent smallpox. Check out medical techniques from the future at Project Tomorrow, sponsored by Siemens, at EPCOT.

1933: Marty Feldman was born. Marty, of the crazy eyes and manic demeanor, that endeared him to fans all over the world. As well as working with various members of Monty Python and Mel Brooks, Feldman also appeared on The Muppet Show in 1981. Go to Muppet 3-D and enjoy it in his honor. I think He would have enjoyed it very much.

1958: Kevin Bacon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The parlor game says that everyone on Earth is connected to Kevin Bacon by way of six or fewer people. So, how close is Walt Disney connected to Kevin Bacon? One degree, The Air Up There, a basketball movie, was directed by Paul Michael Glaser and released by Disney. The movie starred Kevin Bacon. Everything is better with bacon.

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

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