In Service of the Red Cross: Walt Disney’s Early Adventures

In Service of the Red Cross: Walt Disney’s Early Adventures by David Lesjack

What could be so fascinating about Walt’s time in France serving in the Red Cross?

I started reading about Walt Disney and the Disney Company more than 25 years ago. I never imagined that a book covering two years of Walt’s life would be so intriguing.

David Lesjack is a renowned Disney historian who focuses on the early years of Walt’s life, with a specific interest in the World War I and World War II years. Lesjack has written two other titles that look at the Disney Studios and their contribution to the war effort during World War II. In Service of the Red Cross is a 2015 release and was on my To Read list for a few years.

Why Should I Care About Walt Disney in 1918 and 1919?

People talk about formative years, especially in someone who has been cultural touchstone; with a person as influential and revered as Walt Disney, you’re going to have researchers, biographers and critics looking for anything that will help shed light on Walt. Biographers always point to Walt’s time in Marceline and Kansas City with being the most influential periods of his life.

Lesjack is an intrepid researcher with a deep knowledge of Disney history. When you try to piece Walt’s life together to understand where his creative genius came from, you have to look at his whole life. With scant mention of what Walt Disney during World War I, you wonder how that experienced changed the young adult Walt Disney. As we all know, after the war, Walt pursued animation and filmmaking, where most of the biographies focus.

Lesjack takes us back in time to see Walt at three different periods of his life that define the man that helped define modern film and outdoor entertainment. We also get the rare treat of learning about Walt’s friendship with Alice Howell, an educator who ran a commissary during World War I. She was known as the Doughnut Queen and fostered a lifelong relationship with Walt. In Lesjack’s book, Alice plays the friend and fan of Walt Disney, as many of us wish we could have. We get to experience a time in Walt’s life, from Alice’s perspective, that shows Walt quickly become a revered name across the globe.

Image courtesy of Phil Sears

In Service of the Cross shares Walt’s desire to be part of something larger. We also learn about his need to make the world a better place. Lesjack sprinkles quotes from letters sent to and from Walt throughout the book. There are also several never-before-published photos that have been collected and curated by Paul Sears and Eric Queen.

Why Should I Read In Service of the Cross?

The book is more than just a glimpse into Walt’s life during the war. Lesjack shares information about the current events of the time and how they related to Walt. This gives the reader a deeper insight into the popular culture of the time. We also get a glimpse of Walt as a person and not a studio head. We follow along Walt’s journey to being a Red Cross driver in France and all of the other duties that enabled, including a court martial!

Lesjack leaves us with a decent look at Walt’s life during the World War I years that foreshadow his choices later in life. The insight provided tells us about Walt’s thoughts before, during and after the war. In a few cases, Walt shows a preternatural positivity that would last throughout his life, even against hardships and loss.

What Other Disney Biographies Should I Read?

My two favorite Walt biographies are The Animated Man by Michael Barrier and Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas. Both books are well-researched and provide a different look at Walt Disney.

You can also check out my bibliography of Walt biographies!

What’s Your Favorite Walt Disney Biography?

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I Am Walt Disney by Brad Meltzer

I Am Walt Disney by Brad Meltzer

“Who is that old man holding Mickey Mouse’s hand in front of the castle?”

How many times have you had to answer that question on family trips to Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom about the Partners Statue?

Are you looking for a way to introduce Walt Disney to a child in your life? Or better yet: your kids don’t believe that Walt Disney was a real person!

Have I got a book for you!

Check out my video preview of a new book called I Am Walt Disney by Brad Meltzer:

I received a review request for I Am Walt Disney, which is part of a larger I Am… series by Brad Meltzer. The book series consists of more than 30 titles about people that changed and shaped our world.

This Walt Disney children’s biography is full of extremely charming illustrations by Christopher Eliopoulos. Throughout the book, Walt is portrayed as a child-like adult, but with a larger-than-average-sized head, like a cartoon character. There were obvious tributes to Calvin and Hobbes throughout the illustrations, adding immeasurable playfulness to the book. Brad did a great job of condensing Walt’s life to the bare necessities and shares highlights that will lead young readers to want to learn more about Walt.

I Am Walt Disney is a great title for an elementary-aged child and a great book to read to younger children!

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Meet the Disney Brothers by Aaron H. Goldberg

Meet the Disney Brothers by Aaron H. Goldberg, a book review

Are you looking for a great biography of Walt and Roy Disney?

Aaron Goldberg, author of The Disney Story and The Wonders of Walt Disney World, just published a new biography, called Meet the Disney Brothers, focusing on the relationship between the Disney brothers. Aaron sent me a review copy and I was surprised and excited to see that Aaron wrote the book for a younger audience. I field a lot of questions about biographies about Walt and I recommend the Bob Thomas and Michael Barrier books. Bob Thomas also wrote a wonderful biography of Roy Disney. Beyond that, there aren’t many books that offer a straightforward look at either Disney brother, let alone their relationship.

Meet the Disney Brothers

The book is a slim work, coming in at 89 pages, including a bibliography. It is a children’s biography, but adults that want a quick and authoritative look at Walt and Roy will enjoy the book. There are twelve chapters and a few extras that make the balance of the title.

Table of contents for Meet the Disney Brothers by Aaron H. Goldberg

As expected, Aaron hits the highlights of Walt’s life as Walt works through hardships and setbacks to create one of the most revered entertainment companies in the world. Throughout the biography, Aaron explores the relationship between Walt and Roy through their interactions and projects. Aaron takes care to not focus on myths and urban legends; he pulls information from authoritative sources.

This title is a great read for young students that want to learn more about Walt Disney. OR for adults that are looking for a quick refresher on the subject.

I would be remiss if I forgot to mention the contributions of illustrator extraordinaire, Rob Yeo. Rob is a Disney fan who has created artwork for other Disney-related titles (like the Wonders of Walt Disney World) and he brings a special spin to each work. With Meet the Disney Brothers, Rob designed the cover and the multitude of illustrations throughout the book. Like thumbnail sketches, Rob’s illustrations are like Disney story board artists signatures drawings. Bringing the story of Walt and Roy to life are over 80 small sketches.

An illustration by Rob Yeo of Walt Disney sitting on the bench watching his daughters ride the merry-go-round at Griffith Park

Should I Buy this Book about Walt and Roy?

If you’re a fan of Walt Disney and want to learn more about his life without reading a 400 page book, then, yes. Aaron offers a quick read that hits all of the highlights of the Disney brothers in an accessible format. I highly recommend this book for younger fans that are enamored with the park and want to learn more about the guys in the statues at the Magic Kingdom. This is a great book for public libraries and school media centers.

So, grab a copy and learn more about the trials and tribulations of the Disney brothers!

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The Sorcerer’s Brother: Roy O. Disney

The Sorcerer’s Brother: How Roy O. Disney Made Walt’s Magic Possible, a book review

I’m a huge fan of Roy Disney, Walt’s older brother and partner. He’s often the un-sung hero who gets credit for helping to achieve Walt’s vision but isn’t really mentioned as anything more.

One of my favorite Disney-related books is Bob Thomas’s biography on Roy. It’s a great book to read for anyone that loves Walt Disney World, or wants a different perspective on Walt or the Disney Company. But there’s not been much covering Roy O. Disney

When Scott Madden contacted be about his new book about Roy, I was a little dubious, simply because I couldn’t see how anyone could surpass Thomas’ original work.

Was I surprised!

Madden has woven a deft and enjoyable narrative about Roy’s life in the pages of The Sorcerer’s Brother: How Roy O. Disney Made Walt’s Magic Possible. In addition to referencing Thomas’s work, Madden also digs into other sources that have been released or recently discovered.

Madden sets the tone of the book by looking at the dedication day of Walt Disney World, arguably Roy’s greatest tribute to his brother and possibly Roy’s greatest achievement. Madden goes deep into the day to even discuss how Roy might have been feeling during the events of the day. From there, we jump into a more chronological look at Roy’s life.

Through anecdotes, interviews, articles and other research, Madden shares an open view of Roy. We hear from family members, employees, industry professionals, critics and competitors. What I truly enjoyed about Madden’s work was that it felt more like a narrative instead of a typical biography. Madden was careful to present Roy and his thoughts in a manner that feels correct. I know that’s a hard concept to pin down, but it never feels like there a leap or a supposition made about Roy. Madden has read and thought a lot about Roy, which gives him a very unique view.

Madden does use ample endnotes (although I prefer footnotes for the reader’s sake) and includes a comprehensive bibliography. With the amount of time and research invested, Disney historians are going to find themselves rethinking the relationship between Roy and Walt, as well as Roy’s relationship with the company. The only negative I can find with the book relates to a very small number of sources cited that lack a certain level of credibility. It’s just a few sources out of the whole, but it challenged me to think about the reading and the anecdotes. I don’t mind a good story, but when it’s in print, it becomes truth. Still, it’s not a very big negative at all.

The Sorcerer’s Brother is a highly enjoyable read that is going to satisfy the casual fans just learning about Roy and Disney historians. It’s got a great pace and Madden is good at relating Roy on many levels. The unsung hero of the Disney story deserves many more accolades and I’m glad to add Madden’s book to that list!

TITLE: The Sorcerer’s Brother: How Roy O. Disney Made Walt’s Magic Possible
Author: Scott M. Madden
ISBN: 978-1683900719
Release Date: July 2, 2017

Are you going to check out The Sorcerer’s Brother: How Roy O. Disney Made Walt’s Magic Possible?

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Inside the Whimsy Works by Jimmy Johnson

I pre-ordered a copy of Inside the Whimsy Works: My Life with Walt Disney Productions by Jimmy Johnson (Edited by Greg Ehrbar and Didier Ghez). 2014. 196 pages.

A full review will be coming soon to Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online Show) and the Disney Review at Mice Chat.

I’m a huge fan of Mouse Tracks (by Tim Hollis and Ehrbar)  and the Walt’s People series (by Didier Ghez) but I wasn’t sure what to expect from Jimmy Johnson’s biography.

Inside the Whimsy Works

The book is based on the diaries that Jimmy kept and gave to the Disney Archives. Greg and Didier did a bit of editing magic on it and present this amazing Disney resource to us. Jimmy had a pretty amazing career and, at times, seemed to be in the right place at the right time. He really pushed the music publishing for Disney and was instrumental in helping to shape the company.

What truly is spectacular about Inside the Whimsy Works is that you get a really good sense for what it was like to work at the Disney Studios, but not in animation. Most of the memoirs that we see deal with animation; very few step outside and look at other areas of the company. We’re fortunate that Jimmy’s memoir has been released. You get a great feel for how Jimmy was able to grow the fledgling part of the company and turn it into a money-making arm.

I definitely recommend this Inside The Whimsy Works as a purchase, even though I’m not more than two-thirds through it. Besides getting a great book about the history of the company, you’re helping to support more independent Disney-related research and publishing!

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Sherman Brothers Book Walt’s Time, a Review

Walt’s Time – From Before to Beyond by Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman. 1998, 252 pages.

I originally posted this review in 2008. With the passing of Robert Sherman on Monday, March 5, 2012, I felt like it was appropriate to revisit this phenomenal title. It is out of print and, as can be expected, I assume that the price is going to increase over the next several days. It truly is a fantastic title.

The Sherman Brothers need little introduction to Disney fans. Prolific composers of music for films and theme park attractions, they have written some of the most memorable songs in Disney history, not to mention film history and theme park history in general..

This book, which looks at their long career, finally saw the light of day after the Sherman Brothers met Bruce Gordon and Dave Mumford. Just like The Nickel Tour, publishers felt that there was no commercial appeal in this book. Bruce and David had self-published The Nickel Tour and thought that they could do the same with Walt’s Time. The Sherman Brothers, after shopping the book around since 1981, had worked with Jeff Kurtti to write the majority of the text. Bruce and Dave met with Jeff and they agreed to self-publish. The Sherman Brothers were thrilled to work with Bruce, David and Jeff.

The book was created to resemble a scrapbook of their career. It starts with their first day on the Disney lot where they land the title song for the Parent Trap while auditioning a song for the Horsemasters. It then launches through the highlights of a majority of their works written and published at the Disney Studios. The middle section is dedicated to their father, Al and looks at everything that he published and his successes. During the section on their father, they look at their family history and how Al Sherman influenced his children. It is obvious from Walt’s Time that the Sherman Brothers were profoundly influenced by their father and Walt Disney. When the brothers speak of either man, the text is filled with love, gratitude and wonder.

The third section details more of their work with the Disney Company, before and after Walt’s passing. It also looks at the body of work they have done since leaving the company. Stage productions, theatrical work and animated films make up the bulk of their work in the ’70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

The Brothers spend a lot of time discussing their interactions with Walt Disney and how Walt was an amazing and optimistic person. The song There’s a Great, Big Beautiful Tomorrow was inspired by Walt Disney. Their proudest moments include It’s a Small World and Mary Poppins. They wrote the songs for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang after receiving Walt’s blessings to work on the outside project. Albert Broccoli (producer of the James Bond movies) also owned the rights to Fleming’s children’s novel about the car. Broccoli brought the idea to Walt, who declined saying he had too much on his plate and wanted more creative control. After the success of Mary Poppins, Broccoli gathered most of the creative team that had worked on Mary Poppins. The Brothers were also involved with two of the biggest animated films of the 60’s as well: The Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.

Obviously, the Sherman Brothers’ influence has been felt greatly in the theme parks. The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, Magic Highways, Magic Journeys, Makin’ Memories, Astuter Computer Review, the Best Time of Your Life and Miracles From Molecules are songs that have resonated with fans for years and will continue to inspire us and make us sing.

I had the opportunity to see Richard Sherman perform at the D23 Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary Celebration. It was an absolutely enchanting and heartwarming moment.

Disney Legend and Academy Award® winner Richard M. Sherman charms audiences with a lively performance of some of the film and attraction song hits from the Sherman Brothers’ Disney songbook. © Disney

There’s not much one can say about seeing Richard Sherman perform the songs that he wrote with his brother. He played more than 15 songs and each one brought back a specific memory from a film, theme park or time of my life (Now is the time, now is the best time!). Tim O’Day did a marvelous job acting as the emcee and he helped Richard tell the stories behind the songs. Probably the biggest surprise of the evening was when the original Dreamfinder, Ron Schneider, joined Richard Sherman to sing One Little Spark. The whole crowd rose to their feet and sang along.

Looking at everything the Sherman Brothers have done is a tad bit overwhelming!

Bottom Line: I enjoyed this book and was completely astounded by how prolific the Sherman Brothers actually are. The book is designed beautifully and features awards, personal recollections and photos from every period of their career (just like a scrapbook!). This is book is clearly for music fans, fans of the Sherman Brothers and fans of Disney films from the 1960’s.

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In Service to the Mouse, a Book Review

We are fortunate to have a profusion in recording the histories of the Disney company. Thanks to Didier Ghez’s Walt’s People series we have access to over 11 volumes of transcribed interviews with artists, animators, imagineers and many others that worked directly with Walt Disney. In the realm of Disney history we have our own rockstars, pioneers and elder statesman; for every Ryman, Hench, Sklar and Davis, we also have hundreds of people that made the Disney parks a reality through ignominious and daily work. Sometimes the person in question can reach a specific level and affect a specific part of the company in a greater way. Hopefully, that person will set down their thoughts and reminiscences in a memoir. Memoirs are one of my favorite types of Disney-related books because you often get the gritty stories that official publications can’t relate. As with any personal recollection you have to be smart when you read. Not every conversation or anecdote happened as reported. That said, In Service to the Mouse is a good read and Lindquist relates many stories that have not been shared before.

Lindquist takes us on a chronological journey of his career working at Disney. Like other memoirs about Disney artists and cast members, the book shines when you read about the events that seem to have a larger role in the company’s history. You get a feel for how organic Disneyland was and how everything grew based on need, trial and error.  Lindquist started as an advertising manager and ended his career as the very first president of Disneyland. Lindquist takes the opportunity to dispel a few myths and seems to revel in the time he spent orchestrating Disneyland and many of the local programs like grad night and civic days.

Lindquist was on the team sent to get approval and funding for EPCOT Center’s World Showcase pavilions. The stories he relates really show that no one had ever taken on such a large project that worked with so many disparate countries. In some cases, the team spent weeks waiting to speak to a dignitary or royal family member to show them the concept artwork and models. Most of the book does focus on Disneyland and you get a sense that Linquist did have some struggles promoting Disneyland the way he wanted after Walt passed away. The memoir is bittersweet in many ways, but he never shies away from speaking his mind–even if it appears contrarian or not quite in the Disney spirit. Lindquist always wanted what was best for Disneyland, though, and that shows in the stories.

It is an enjoyable read and it is ideal for Disneyland fans and historians looking for any information about Disneyland.

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Books About Walt Disney, a Bibliography

Walt Disney Biographies and other Books, a bibliography

Looking for some Disney biographies? I’ve prepared a bibliography of books about Walt Disney. A bibliography is a list of books or other works about a specific subject. I am posting this bibliography of books about Walt Disney in honor of his birthday on December 5.

This list is not complete, but it is every major book about Walt Disney that I own. There are a few others that cover a more general look at Walt’s work, but the following are mostly centered on the man.

Walt Disney BiographiesThe following titles are works about his life. For the most part, they are complete biographies, but a few of the titles focus heavily on a short period of his career rather than everything.

Walt Disney Books: Anecdotes and Miscellaneous

The next lis is full of titles that are a little more miscellaneous. There are some great quote books and a few titles dedicated to other people’s thoughts and stories about Walt.

 Walt Disney Biographies for Children

Elementary school-aged children will love these titles. They all offer lots of photographs and text that highlight the major points of Walt’s life. You won’t find anything controversial or anything outside of the corporate version of his life.

Do you have a favorite from these Walt Disney biographies?

Book Review: Walt Disney’s Missouri

Walt Disney’s Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Genius by Brian Burnes, Robert W. Butler and Dan Viets. 194 pages. 2002.

Walt Disney’s Missouri chronicles the time that Walt spent in Marceline (1905-1910) and in Kansas City (1911-1923). The authors all have a local tie to Missouri: Burnes and Butler both worked for the Kansas City Star and have published other books; Viets is a lawyer, author and Disney historian.

In reading on Disney’s life, I have found that the majority of work on Disney focuses on the periods starting after Steamboat Willie. A lot of sources mention the Kansas City Film Ad Company and Laugh-O-Grams, but they rarely get into the details of Disney’s time in Missouri. Anyone with a passing interest in the formative years of Disney needs to own this book.

Throughout the book, we are introduced to people and places that were influential in Walt’s life. During the Marceline years, we meet Walt’s family members, a favorite teacher and Marceline landmarks. The authors share family anecdotes related to the years in Marceline to paint a portrait of an artist as a child developing a love for mid-western life, animals and family.

The sections on Walt’s time in Kansas City are very detailed and offer many insights. Again, the authors introduce us to people and places that would be influential in developing his talents and views. Various business owners are profiled and how they helped Walt gain insight or shared new techniques. Landmarks are included and one that surprised me was Electric Park; the authors surmise that Electric Park was an influence on Walt’s thoughts for Disneyland–looking at the photos, you can see the correlations.

A Year at Laugh-O-gram and Animation and Animator’s in Disney’s Times chapters were both very enjoyable sections that take an in-depth look at the fledgling studio and its productions. The artists are profiled and the roster reads like a litany of animation greatness: Ub Iwerks, Carl Stalling, Isadore Freling, Hugh Harman, Rudolph Ising and Joseph Benson “Bugs” Hardaway. A picture is presented of a young, talented and monetarily strapped group of artists that were creating art, developing new techniques and having a great time.

The final sections look at Disney’s plans for revitalizing St. Louis with a themed riverfront area and the many times Walt and Roy returned to Kansas City and Marceline for functions, awards and dedications. The proposed floor plans for the St. Louis project are very exciting and wistful. Had the project succeeded, Walt Disney World would probably not exist as we know it. But would this have sent Walt Disney Productions into the urban re-development and re-vitalization industry?

My sole complaint about the book lies in the author’s attempt to make it accessible to the lay reader through fabrication of events from a typical day in order to shed light on what Walt’s life might have been like. The author’s predicate those segments with the statement that they are making an assumption based on a multitude of facts. In creating a book that can be used as a reference work, I would like to see the author’s present facts and not an actualized account of Walt’s life. That being said, the book is very accessible while weaving an academic study of Walt’s early years.

When I stack this title against other works, I really appreciate the unique approach that the authors took. The detail that is shared about the daily life in Marceline and Kansas City is impressive and you are left with a very vivid picture of the birth of an entertainment company. This is a valuable resource for Disney enthusiasts and researchers, especially those interested in Walt’s formative years. The photographs and maps that are gathered and presented are astounding. Many are from the private collections of the authors and won’t be found anywhere else. Overall, the design is well-thought and attractive. This is a book that you will be reaching for often and will enjoy re-visiting.

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Book Review: Harriet Burns, Walt Disney’s First Lady of Imagineering

Walt Disney’s First Lady of Imagineering: Harriet Burns by Pam Burns-Clair and Don Peri. 2010

Harriet Burns. Her name is synonymous with Imagineering and the creation of early Disneyland. Not only was she one of Walt’s first Imagineers, but she was the first woman in Imagineering, hence her title, the First Lady of Imagineering. She worked on the development of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair and countless other rides, attractions and resorts. Harriet retired in 1986 after 31 years of creating magic for the Walt Disney Company.

Joanne Campbell wrote about a trip to Walt Disney World with Harriet Burns in the early 1990s:

The following morning Harriet had made reservations at a park restaurant she knew served the famous Mickey Mouse pancakes. She insisted on paying the bill because she said that her Disney card would entitle her to a discount. Of course we thanked her, but we didn’t think too much of it. When she presented her card to the waiter, she said she hoped it was alright, because this card was actually from California. The waiter disappeared for some time, and suddenly the manager appeared. He was quite perplexed and said, “Mrs. Burns, was everything satisfactory? Michael [Eisner] usually alerts us when you’re on the property!” With that, OUR eyes popped open in amazement, and we began to realize that the term Imagineer (and her #7 on the credit card) was something extraordinary.

Because Harriet was retired at this point, she herself had not seen MGM, which had just opened in Orlando. We hopped on a double-decker English bus with the throngs, and hadn’t gone too far before Harriet said, “Look, boys, there is the old airplane that Bill and I rode to New York with Walt in for the World’s Fair!” My husband and I exchanged looks, and sure enough, the tour guide then said, “and THIS is the plane that Walt took to the World’s Fair.”
–p. 42, Walt Disney’s First Lady of Imagineering

The book is replete with stories that will touch your heart. It is so much more than a tribute book to Harriet, it is also a look at how special and amazing it was to be one of Walt’s Imagineers. This book is perfect for anyone interested in Imagineering, Walt or the amazing people that were fortunate enough to meet Harriet. She was an inspiring woman!

Pam Burns-Chair, Harriet’s daughter, worked with author and Disney Historian Don Peri to create and compile this list of eulogies and tributes by family, friends and Disney employees. 67 essays, ranging in size from a few paragraphs to several pages help tell the story of how Harriet touched so many people’s lives. The book is filled with over 200 photographs that span Harriet’s life and her career at Disney.

After reading  this marvelous title, I felt like I had the opportunity to meet Harriet through the eyes of her family and friends. She was well-loved, respected and admired. Some of the best anecdotes were supplied by former Imagineers that had developed a special relationship with Harriet. She was known for having an off-color sense of humor that seemed to be in opposition to her native Texan drawl. Many of the Imagineers wrote that Harriet was personable and never forgot anyone she met.

Chelsea Clair, the daughter of Pam and the granddaughter of Harriet, designed the book. She did a wonderful job of laying out the pages and integrating the photographs into the text. Pam, Don and Chelsea should be very proud of the book they put together in honor of Harriet. Their love and the love of Harriet’s friends and family.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention Scott Wolf, Disney Historian and owner of MouseClub House Scott helped with the project and created the website for the book at Imagineer Harriet.

You can also be come a Fan of Imagineer Harriet on Facebook.

This is a sentimental and beautiful look at Harriet Burns and her life in and outside of Disney. Look at Walt Disney’s First Lady of Imagineering: Harriet Burns as more than a tribute; Pam and Don have compiled stories that give you an intimate look at what it was like to work for the Walt Disney Company with Walt and the heralded Imagineers.

The book provided was a review copy from the publisher.

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