Article from AP available at - 7/17/05
First Disneyland Paying Guest Marks 50th
SALT LAKE CITY - Dave MacPherson may have been the first paying guest at Disneyland when the theme park opened its gates 50 years ago, but he didn't even have time for one ride.

In a hurry to get back to campus for a college class, he instead visited a restroom after spending hours in line and left without as much as a souvenir.

Still, the honor of being the first paid admission came with a special perk: a lifetime pass for four to Disneyland and other Disney parks as they opened.

"I was the most popular guy at the college," said MacPherson, now 72, a retired journalist living in Monticello, Utah, about 240 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

He's taken full advantage of it scores of times, especially when he lived in California. Usage dwindled after he moved to Kansas City, Mo., to work for newspapers and radio.

But being closer to California has made it more useful, and he last made the trip a year ago with his wife, Wanda. He receives a VIP renewal every January.