Last year PLAZAINN1 mentioned Disneyland's famous "Arthur" in a "Old Disneylander" thread that's now locked. In it I wrote:
>>>I have a color photo of him at Disneyland from a Los Angeles Times story they did on him. But finding that old newspaper clipping is another matter. So I can't help you out right now, at least.
I don't think any of us knew Arthur's last name and I'm not sure it was even in the LA Times story. He passed away around 1991-92 I think.
Here's my previous post on Arthur from another Disney bulletin board:
Anyone remember Arthur? I sure miss him. What a sweet gentle man. An older man with a mental handicap. An 8 year old trapped in a older man's body. He sure loved Disneyland!
He was one of only 3 people that Main Gate Cast Members were taught to let into Disneyland with no ticket, no Annual Pass...nothing. Just "Hello Arthur...How are you today" and they'd swing open the stroller gate and admit him.
At the end of the day he would walk over to the Harbor Cast Parking Gate (Harbor House) and just stand there. Usually within 2 minutes some Cast Member would pull over and say "Hi Arthur...need a ride home?" Just like that. He visited almost every day.
If I had a penny for every time Arthur asked me, "You off today?"...I'd have an extra dollar in my wallet. He'd often bring a small square pillow with him as well that he's sit on for the parades, that was autographed by characters. Arthur and his bag full of stuff. I can still picture the way he'd smile, nod several times and bring his hand up for a single wave...when you greeted him.
The Los Angeles Times did a whole color spread on him once, and another nice piece when he passed away.
Yep. Sure miss seeing Arthur around.<<<
Now fast forward to today and the Opus Archives finally coughed up the above mentioned newspaper story...only it wasn't from the LA Times, it was from the Orange County Register...dated January 3, 1983. Here it is, dedicated to PLAZAINN1:
Really love the end of that story.
In later years that blanket was replaced by the small pillow I mentioned up above.
Arthur really was as much a part of Disneyland as anybody that worked there. Both Cast and regular Guests knew and loved this special man of Disneyland very much.
Anybody like him out there today?