It's Walt Disney's Birthday
When people hear or read "DISNEY" they think of the theme parks, movies, and Mickey Mouse. Lately, I realized that I wanted to know more about the actual guy who was WALT DISNEY. He was a visionary and dreamer. I've read how he is both revered and criticized. I have learned about Walt Disney as a husband, brother and father. He remains an inspiration to many.
Here are two books that I am in the middle of reading. Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas is the definitive biography to read if you really want to know who he was. What makes this one so good is that the author had unlimited access to Disney family members, private papers and letters. Thomas was able to get first hand accounts and went through original materials in the years that followed Disney's death in 1966. Thomas had the the full cooperation of the Disney family to write a biography that is not all pixie dust, too.
The other book is The Story of Walt Disney by Diane Disney Miler (as told by Pete Martin). I learned that there was a series of interviews of Disney gave to his daughter, Diane, that were released as a series of articles in the Saturday Evening Post in 1956. It eventually was complied together in this very hard to find book. With some patience and searching, I managed to get a reasonable paperback copy. The 1956 copy marked at $0.35 just makes me smile.
Finally, for some great short anecdotes, check out The Vault of Walt by Jim Korkis. There are currently 3 volumes that are available. They are filled with short stories about behind the scenes regarding Walt Disney, the theme parks and more. It's a great gift for any Disney fan.
There are many interesting posts today in celebration of Disney's birthday. Here are just a few that I found worth reading: