I’m sad to post that legendary Hollywood and Disney choreographer Miriam Nelson passed away this morning at the age of 98. Besides her many Hollywood credits, Miriam choreographed so much of the dances for the opening day of Disneyland in 1955. She continued working both in Hollywood and for Disney including the Disney on Parade traveling show and Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue. I recorded an interview with her a few years ago and will do my best to post it really soon! You’ll love hearing her story and I will remain grateful for the times I got to spend with her!
Below is a 1959 newspaper clipping of Walt Disney in front of a rendering of the Walt Disney Elementary School in his boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri, and below that is a photo I took of the still-operating school as it appears today.
For the 55th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room today, I thought I’d post this photo of the first time I met Wally Boag. Besides starring in my favorite Disneyland show “The Golden Horseshoe Revue” for 27 years, Walt Disney had Wally write most of the Tiki Room show. He is still heard as the voice of the show’s emcee bird, Jose, in both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
I just recently found these two newspaper articles from the Los Angeles Times which appeared in 1994 and 1995. One announces my photography book “Where in Disneyland Park?” and one is about my museum exhibit at the Anaheim Museum which was based on my book. Fun memories.
Here’s my obligatory Star Wars photo for May the 4th. I took this photo of Star Tours in 1992 for a project I was working on for Disney. This is the original Disneyland version of Star Tours with Captain Rex, rather than how it is today with C3PO at the helm.
For the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom today I thought I’d post this shot I took of some of the beautiful artwork in the park. There’s so much great detail if you get the chance to slow down and look around!
I just posted my interview with Hollywood legend and comic genius Tim Conway, who discusses his career including McHale’s Navy, The Carol Burnett Show, the Disney movies he did, and more. Warning: You may laugh a little along the way! CLICK HERE for the interview.