Is an introduction to Dave Smith really necessary?
The recently retired Chief Archivist Emeritus of the Walt Disney Archives has been the happy, helpful and cheerful face of the Archives since its inception on June 22, 1970. Dave worked tirelessly to acquire material for the Archives and helped researchers, authors, enthusiasts and fans research the Disney Company.
Dave is also famous for his “Ask Dave” column that appears on the D23 website and, previously, on the Disney Insider website. Dave started answering trivia-related questions back in July 1983 in the Disney Channel Magazine. Back then it was called “Exploring the Archives.” When the Disney Magazine started in 1994, he began the “Ask Dave” column. According to Dave, he has answered well over 1,100 questions.
D23 has published a book collecting almost all of the questions and answers that Dave has done over the past 20 years. Titled Disney Trivia from the Vault: Secrets Revealed and Questions Answered, it is 262 pages of Disney trivia goodness.
This is a strange title to try and review. Frankly, all you really need to say is that is close to 1,100 questions and answers about Disney. If you like Disney trivia, then you are going to like this book.
Kind of simple.
The book is divided into major sections: Animated Features; Animated Shorts; Disneyland; Live-Action Films; Publications; Television; Walt Disney World; and Walt Disney. The biggest sections are the ones dedicated to the animated films and shorts, obviously, since they have been a major part of the Company since the beginning.
There is no index to the book, which, really, would have been nearly impossible, so you are just as likely to find something by flipping through the book. In the library world, we call that serendipity. And that is how you will approach this book, serendipitously. You’ll pick it up, read a few questions and put it back. A friend mentioned that it would make a great bathroom book.
I do recommend the book; I just think it would work better if there was a way to search for specific terms so you could see all of the entries. Of course, it is available as a Kindle ebook. Should you buy it? You should, especially if you’re a fan of the “Ask Dave” columns or really like bite-sized Disney trivia. Especially trivia that comes from the master, himself.
Are you looking for one of the best books about the Disney Company for researchers, fans and enthusiasts?
- The Disney Encyclopedia: A to Z by Dave Smith is a must have for anyone with an interest in the Company. It has over 6500 entries!
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book and received a review copy from Disney Publishing.
By George Taylor
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COMMUNICORE WEEKLY 38TH WEEKAVERSARY
EPCOT 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
Come celebrate EPCOT’s 30th Anniversary in style with a live taping of MiceChat’s Communicore Weekly! Join co-hosts Jeff Heimbuch & George Taylor, along with MiceChat’s Dusty Sage, Kevin Yee, and the Communicore Weekly Orchestra, for a fun-filled night of fandom and frivolity as they tape a special hour long episode of the hit show, Communicore Weekly.
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Your ticket includes:
- Admission into the live taping of CW in the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT (note: admission into the park is NOT included)!
- Meet special guest, Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder!
- Decadent dessert reception!
- Short scavenger hunt hosted by Kevin Yee before the show will be available to those who would like to participate (prizes will be awarded)!
- Prizes, giveaways and more!
- The chance to be a part of EPCOT and Communicore Weekly history!
- Endless Five Legged Goats and perhaps even a real life Bathroom Break!
- Exclusive late night ride after park closing on a selected EPCOT attraction to cap off the evening!