The window, in my opinion is beyond cool. A perfect tribute, IMHO. And probably my favorite window on Main Street now.
How fitting! I'm sure Trekkie Dad and I can appreciate this.
I just hope those white tires on the bike don't turn yellow too soon.
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WOW!! What a great window and an extra bit too!!! 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...
A fitting tribute to a true Disney legend. I love the bike and the fact that it blends so well thematically with the rest of the street. I really don't think they could have done a better job with this. Bob must be very pleased.
Thanks for being so quick with the shots of this, MG!
I met Bob for the first time at Disneyland during the 50th anniversary. I was then fortunate enough to attend an NFFC event in 2006 that featured Bob as the guest speaker. I arrived early and Bob was already there, having his nightly martini...
He signed my Monorail...
and took a pic with me...
In 2007, I attended the same NFFC fundraiser and Bob was in attendance again, same martini glass and all...
Bob invited me to sit at his table, which was like a dream come true for this Disneyland history buff...
During the dinner, Bob started doodling on the plastic tablecloth...
...which I subsequently won (for the princely sum of $100) at the benefit auction. Bob then personalized it to me...
In the subsequent months I thought about writing Disney to see if they would consider giving Bob a window on Main Street USA. Here is the letter I wrote to John Lassiter in January of this year.
Originally Posted by letter to John Lassiter
Mr. John Lasseter Principle Creative Advisor Walt Disney Imagineering
Dear Mr. Lasseter, January 5, 2008
My name is ******* ******. You don't know me but I am a huge fan of Disneyland, and all things historical about Disneyland and Walt Disney. The reason I'm writing you today is because of something that has been troubling me for some time.
Having read everything about Disneyland that I could get my hands on, I have a tremendous appreciation for what the original Imagineers did in helping Walt build Disneyland. One of the biggest contributors to early Disneyland is Bob Gurr.
As I am sure you already know, Bob is responsible for so many of the attraction vehicles designs at Disneyland, including: The Autopia vehicle(s), the Omnibus, the Motorboat Cruise vehicle, the Viewliner train, the Monorail vehicle, all of the Main Street vehicles, the Mine Train cars, the Freight Train conversion, the Alice In Wonderland cars, the Teacup vehicles, the Matterhorn Bobsled vehicles (and track design), the Astrojet vehicle, the Omnimover system used in the Haunted Mansion and Adventures Thru Inner Space, the Flying Saucers ride vehicle, the Skyway car, the Peoplemover vehicle... the list goes on and on.
But that's only the ride vehicles. Bob Gurr also helped bring us Mr. Lincoln, the Enchanted Tiki Room, the dancing natives in the Jungle Cruise, the Submarine Voyage, the Carousel of Progress, the Natures Wonderland animatronic animals, the Frontierland Shooting Gallery, Rocket To The Moon, the Sleeping Beauty walk-thru, and much, much more. His fingerprints can be found virtually everywhere in Disneyland! Like many of his fellow early Imagineers, Bob has been a wonderful Imagineering ambassador for many years, making himself available to so many Disneyland fans who share a deep and abiding love for Disneyland.Yet, despite all of his contributions to Disneyland Park, Bob Gurr has never received the ultimate honor bestowed upon so many of Walt's early Imagineers... a Window on Main Street.
How this travesty has gone on for so long, I cannot understand. I can't think of any good reason why Bob Gurr hasn't received this honor considering his tremendous contribution to the place that literally millions of people have come to love... Disneyland Park. Today, I am asking you, while he is still with us, would you please give serious consideration to honoring Bob Gurr with a Window on Main Street U.S.A.? He certainly deserves it, and the accolades that accompany such an honor.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Sincerely, ____________________ ******* *. ******
Not knowing that Disney had already planned to give him a window, I emailed Bob a copy of this letter on March 5th.
He sent me a reply today...
Originally Posted by email from Bob Gurr
Guesss what? Disneyland did a wonderful Bob Gurr Window on MAin Street Ceremony last Friday. I think there were quite a few folks pestering Disney to finally do up a window. So I guess the campaign worked.
I didn't even have a clue about any of this stuff. I'm so happy that he was finally honored. If there was ever an Imagineer who truly deserved some recognition for his contributions to the Park, it is Bob Gurr.