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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bob Gurr

Disney Legend, Bob Gurr, shares the fantastic stories of his life.

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.29: Parallel Genius – Walt Disney and Kelly Johnson

Today's Wheel of Years stopped at 2014, so here we go. While folding newspapers for my Studio City California Hollywood Citizens-News paper route in 1944, a screaming roar approached me. A jet plane, the...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.4, 2009 – Galapagos Islands

Of all the spectacular natural locations on planet earth, the Galapagos Islands are the most fascinating, mysterious, and educational. In May 2009 I enjoyed a week of exploring sea, land, and air filled with...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.28 – 1956 Disneyland Animals Before Animatronics

Today's Wheel of Years stopped at 1956, so here we go. In the years before Disneyland's attractions were able to use Audio-Animatronic figures, both human and animal, animations were very rudimentary. A few still exist along...

Design: Those Were The Times No. 25 – Garner Holt Student Enrichment

Today's Wheel of Years has stopped at 2014, so here we go. The DESIGN: Those Were The Times story No. 25 published in MiceChat January 8, 2014 told of the transition of Disney's themed manufacturing operation...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures – No.2 2009 Alaska

From time to time, Bob Gurr shares a past adventure with us. The destination and the year is up to fate. Today's Wheel of Adventures has stopped at 2009 in Alaska . . ....

DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.26 1937 School Days – Then and Now

Beloved Disney Legend, Bob Gurr, shares his memories of school days past and compares them to today. We think you'll agree, this story is priceless.   Today's Wheel of Years has stopped at 1937, and off...

Bob’s True-Life Adventures No.1 – 2013 Catalina Island

We have something really exciting for you today from Disney legend Bob Gurr. He's starting a new series of articles for you which focus on his amazing travels. You knew Bob was a brilliant...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.25 – 1954 Disney Manufacturing 58 Creative Years

Esteemed Disney Legend, Bob Gurr, shares his recollections and pictures of what it was like in the dream factory known as the Walt Disney Studios Machine Shop.  Roger Broggie Sr. managed the place at...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.24 1943 Movie Stars and Paper Routes

Today's Wheel of Years has stopped at 1943, so here we go. In the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, tries to convince author P.L.Travers to allow Disney to make...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.23 1955 Arrow Development – Ed...

Today's Wheel of Years has stopped at 1955. Most Disneyland fans typically assume that all Disneyland attractions have always been designed by Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), and also manufactured and installed by Disney's own...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.22 – Disney Fantasy Secret Tour

Today's Wheel of Years has stopped at 2013, so here we go. MiceChat and Fairy Godmother Travel hosted a recent Caribbean Cruise on Disney Cruise Lines fabulous cruise ship, Fantasy. By far the most...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.21 – Bob Spaced Out with Virgin Galactic

Up, up, and away! Bob visits Virgin Galactic and learns what it's like to reach for the stars.  He gets the royal treatment and tours their top secret facility. Today's Wheel of Years stopped at...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No. 20 – 1950 Sports Car Racing

Bob Gurr, race car fanatic?  That's right.  This Disney Legend was a speed racer way back in the day.  In fact today we set our time machine to 1950 and try to keep up...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.19 – 1954 Cars, Clubs and Concours

Today's Wheel of Years stopped at 1954, so here we go. Starting in 1951 I wrote and illustrated a few books with Dan Post, a close friend of Walt Disney's zany animator Ward Kimball. Both were...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.18 1946 Futuristic Cars Arrive

Bob Gurr was hired by Walt Disney to design the Autopia. It remains a Disney classic to this very day. We have a special treat today as Disney Legend, Bob Gurr, shares the story...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.17 1961 Soaring With the Birds

We have a treat for you today as Disney Imagineering Legend, Bob Gurr, takes to the clouds. Who says man can't fly, Bob can! Today's Wheel of Years stopped at 1961, so here we go....

DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.16 1955 Early Disneyland Managers

Let's go back to early Disneyland history with Imagineering legend Bob Gurr as he takes us on a journey to the inaugural year of Walt's original Magic Kingdom. There are many unsung heroes responsible for...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times – No.15 Catastrophe Canyon EFX

Let's go way back in time with Disney Legend Bob Gurr as he takes us to that time of great music and terrible hair, 1987.  Disney was in the midst of creating their answer...

DESIGN: Those Were The Times No.14 – 1959 Modern Air Travel

Let's go up, up and away with Disney Legend Bob Gurr as he takes us back to the Golden Age of Air Travel. Yes, there really was a time when folks dressed up to...

Design: Those were the Times No. 13 – 1955 Surviving Toxic Living

Disney legend, Bob Gurr, proves the point that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Or does it? Journey back to the toxic 1950's with a survivor of better living through chemistry. Today's Wheel of...