Eighty years ago today, on November 18, 1928 audiences were treated to the first performance of the film Steamboat Willie starring a young mouse named Mickey. In the nine decades since he has grown to be one of the most iconic figures in Americana. Tens of millions of us grew up singing the Mickey Mouse theme song (and some of you have it running through your head right now).
For millions of children and adults worldwide one of the most special memories is our first (or fiftieth) visit to one of the Disney Theme Parks.
While there are certainly many reasons we could be critical of the way the Disney company has behaved over the years, the fact remains that this little mouse and the magic he created has brought smiles to all of us.
So take a moment to share your memories and wish Mickey a happy 80th.
As Walt Disney was fond of saying.............. It all started with a little mouse.