Don't know how many of you know that former Disney CEO Card Walker passed away at age 89 yesterday. Heck, I don't know how many of you even know who he was.
But as one of the oldtimers, Walker was instrumental in guiding the company after the passing of the Disney Bros and growing it as a business. He understood what the Disney Legacy meant, and was a leading force behind the creation of EPCOT Center, Tokyo Disneyland and the Disney Channel to name just a few 'small' things!
I, personally, just remember how he tossed aside worries about the late 70s energy crisis and recession to build the billion-dollar wonder that was EPCOT Center. His pride at groundbreaking in 1979 and on a beautiful Opening Day three years later. At the time, EC was the largest private construction project on the planet and Disney was a relatively tiny company when compared to the media behemoth it is today.
And, despite what now seems like a no-brainer, TDL wasn't something that was, before opening, thought to become the overnight sensation that it was.
He had the guts to do things that most execs, then and now, wouldn't.
He wasn't Walt or Roy ... or Michael or Frank ...
Like a lot of great men and women at Disney, it's easy to forget guys like Card.
No one should.