Article from the Orlando Sentinel- February 25, 2006
Disney manager hangs up his broom
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by Scott Powers
True story, insisted Wayne Culver: The day before the brand-new Haunted Mansion opened at Walt Disney World in 1971, the first custodial crew cleaned out all the cobwebs.
"The Imagineers had to go back in and reapply all the cobwebs," recalled Culver, one of Disney World's original custodial managers, who just retired after 39 years in Orlando and Anaheim, Calif.
In 1971, at age 21, he was one of two custodians brought east to train Florida custodians in the Disney ways. Since then Culver has mostly been in or helped manage Disney's armies of workers -- the ones who sweep up cigarette butts, ascend scaffolding to wax monorails and rappel down Spaceship Earth to wash the 18-story-tall dome.