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    Exclamation A little DLR nostalgia...

    My late father wrote in to the OC Register when they were doing an article on "Cast Member Memories" for DLR's 45th anniversary. I just stumbled upon his little paragraph and I figured you guys would appreciate it...


    (My dad's name), merchandising executive, 1962:

    It was July, and I got a call from a person who identified himself as
    Walt Disney. Since I'd never met Mr. Disney or spoken to him on the phone, I was more than a little skeptical.

    In those days, it was common for your co-workers to pretend to be someone they weren't, usually one of the Disney
    characters or Walt himself. It was all I could do to avoid making a sarcastic remark.

    As it turned out, it was Walt. He asked me to come over to his apartment, located above the Firehouse on Main Street,
    and bring my merchandise catalog and a price list. I was surprised to see Walt greet me in person. He told me he
    always did his Christmas shopping in July, and I would need to accompany him to the various Disneyland stores so he
    could complete his gift list.

    I ended up spending the day with this man. It was an experience I'll always remember fondly.


    How cool would that be?


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    Re: A little DLR nostalgia...

    simply- wow!

    what a wonderful memory for your father. thank you for sharing that!

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    Re: A little DLR nostalgia...

    Nazz...thanls for sharing such a great memory...WOW.
    (BTW, do I understand from that letter that Walt paid, at least in one way or another, for merchandise that was already being sold in his own Park?)
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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    Re: A little DLR nostalgia...

    awesome!
    Good morning, son
    In twenty years from now
    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
    And I can tell you 'bout today
    And how I picked you up and everything changed
    It was pain
    Sunny days and rain
    I knew you'd feel the same things...





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    Re: A little DLR nostalgia...

    Quote Originally Posted by Radiobarry
    Nazz...thanls for sharing such a great memory...WOW.
    (BTW, do I understand from that letter that Walt paid, at least in one way or another, for merchandise that was already being sold in his own Park?)
    You know, I'm not sure. Seems that way, huh... Unfortunately, I can't exactly ask my dad anymore!
    Last edited by Nazz Nomad; 02-09-2006 at 03:56 PM.

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    Re: A little DLR nostalgia...

    You'll treasure that article for many years to come....thanks for sharing with all of us!
    Mom, remember, it's not what a person is like on the outside that counts,
    it's what they are like in their HEART!


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    Re: A little DLR nostalgia...

    Thanks for sharing that; how wonderful! Did your father ever tell you what his day with Walt was actually like?

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    Re: A little DLR nostalgia...

    Quote Originally Posted by speederscout
    Thanks for sharing that; how wonderful! Did your father ever tell you what his day with Walt was actually like?
    Well, to be fair, it wasn't like a 1-on-1 day with Walt... He had some other people with him. But he did say that he was very gracious and appreciative and also very businesslike at the same time. They talked about the future of The Emporium, and my dad gave his input to Walt, which Walt seemed to appreciate. That's about all I remember.

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