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?