I recently did a group project for my English class on the romantic poets and we had to find a modern-day romantic and my group did Walt Disney and we had to include biographical info, etc...
The day after I presented the mother of a handicapped student who goes to school with her daughter who is in my class brought an article in The San Ramon Valley Times on a one-page spread feature called "Hispanic Heritage" it looks somewhat like a weird advertisement for something, but I don't know. At thr bottom of the page it has a "Newspapers in Education" logo and a Contra Costa Times (contracostatimes.com) logo.
The article stated Walt Disney was ADOPTED by Elias and Flora Disney and was actually originally named Juan Luis Guirao and was borin in Mojacar, Span and his mom was unwed and his father was a Spanish doctor (the alleged parents names were not given).
The article says, "Walt Disney did not know about his past until he sought his birth certificate from the Cook County (Chicago) clerk's office when he wanted to enlist in the army. Given the morals of the time concerning the circumstances of his birth, and the prejudice againt hispanics, it is no surprise that Walt kept his story to himself."
It goes on to say that Walt was awarded the "Hispanic in the Closet Award" by Hispanic Magazine in 1993, (even though Walt wasn't alive?).
Anyway... My point is that this is the only time I have EVER heard this. Even in biographies that I've read/seen of Walt that were not released by Disney do not say anything about him being adopted.
Does anybody have any info on this or have any of you ever heard this before??