Join host Keith Michael Mahne for a wonderful conversation with Disney Legend Jack Lindquist. Jack talks about his childhood, joining the Walt Disney Company, meeting Walt Disney, working with Card Walker and Michael Eisner, becoming Disneyland’s very first president and so much more.

Jack Lindquist was hired by Walt Disney as Disneyland’s first advertising manager, and eventually played a key role in making the Park a world-famous tourist attraction. From marketing the original “E tickets” to lobbying for Disneyland’s millennial expansion, Jack was involved in nearly every aspect of the theme park.

Known for his relatively hands-off management style, Jack was among the most beloved of Park executives. As Disneyland’s former executive vice president Ron Dominquez once said, “Jack is Jack, no matter where he is or what he is doing. He respects people. He goes out of his way not to be set up on a pedestal.”

In 1955, while working for a Los Angeles advertising firm, Jack acted as a consultant to one of Disneyland’s original corporate participants. During a meeting at the Park prior to its opening, Jack “fell in love with the place.” One month later, he was working there.

During his 38 years with the company, he spearheaded several Disney projects, including Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom Club, Disney Dollars, the Disneyland Pigskin Classic, the Ambassador Program, and Grad Nites. He also lobbied for expansion of Disneyland, and the development of a second theme park for Disneyland Resort.

Jack Lindquist retired on Mickey Mouse’s 65th birthday, November 18, 1993. A month later, he was honored with a window on Main Street, which reads, “J.B. Lindquist, Honorary Mayor of Disneyland.” Jack published his memoir, In Service to the Mouse, in 2010. We are extremely excited and honored to have such a living legend join us for another amazing episode of the Disney Avenue Podcast.

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