Friday, August 23, 2013

August 24, 2013: Pluto, Otis and The Tower of Terror.

On this day in 2006, Pluto was demoted from its former status as a planet to its new status as a dwarf planet. Walt loved space and he was so fascinated with the discovery of Pluto that he named Mickey’s loyal companion after the planet. So let’s take a moment to recall what I tell my eighth grade science students, “Pluto may no longer be a planet but he’s still a dog.”

Hal Smith was born on this day in 1916 in Petoskey, Michigan. Hal is probably most famous for his turn as Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show but he has a nice resume’ providing voices for Disney projects and others. Smith has played: Goofy, Phillipe the horse in Beauty and the Beast, Owl, Barney Rubble and Saint Peter in Darkwing Duck. Let me suggest Goofy’s Barnstormer at The Magic Kingdom.

Steve Guttenberg was born in New York in 1958. While Guttenberg has starred in a number of movies, the one we want to focus on is Tower of Terror. Tower of Terror was the first Disney movie based on a park attraction, The Tower of Terror at Disney-MGM Studios. So let’s take that supernatural elevator ride into the Twilight Zone.

On this date in 1934, Kenny Baker was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. At three feet, eight inches in height, Baker is particularly known as the actor inside R2D2. So get in line for Star Tours, make some beepity boopy noises and may the Force be with you.

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

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