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A nice call out for The Great Thanksgiving Escape in the New York Times online today. Part of a slideshow of harvest and Thanksgiving books. It’s awesome to be included with some really great books. I do love Otis the Scarecrow!

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Walt and Mickey.

Another of AP style photo promoting Walt Disney’s 2 Emmy wins in 1955 ‘after being on TV only 20 weeks’. Of course he wasn’t sitting in his office drawing Mickey at this point. In fact he rarely did. But he did have a keen eye for talent and hired people who could do it better than he could. And no one else was better at putting all the pieces and people in place to create great work (starting in animation and moving on to all genres of media).

Walt would die 11 years after this photo, in 1966. When I confirmed that date it amazed me because Walt Disney was such a figure in my youth – and he died well before I was born. My father was a big fan of Walt Disney and the work done at the studio, so I was certainly exposed to his work early on. But as a kid I don’t remember thinking that he was already gone.  And here we are, all these many years later and Walt and his creations (including his company) ‘live on’ like few have.

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I collect a few things, though honestly over the past dozen years I have stopped being obsessive about it. However I do have several thousand old Associated Press and movie studio black and white photos. Recently I acquired a few new ones and this one jumped out not for the image, but as is often the case, the description on the back. This is from October, 1949 (as we will see) and it’s an image for newspapers and magazines to use to promote Disney’s next film, Cinderella.

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Here is the back.

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You can click on it to make it bigger, but the headline is “The Disney Girl” and the first line reads, “And here is a preview of next year’s Disney Girl – Cinderella…”

To modern ears the term ‘Disney Girl’ seems awkward for many reasons (how old is Cinderella?) it also sounds a bit like it was inspired by the 1920′s “It Girl”. But it also contains the marketing notion of the Disney Princesses, which I don’t believe was coined as a brand for the corporation for another 35 years. And the ‘Disney Princess’ as a brand earns like 12 Gazillion dollars a year for Walt’s company. It’s small things of this kind that makes these interesting to spend time with. I’ll post a few more when I have time.

(and the pencil circle is not from my hand! most probably a remnant from someone filing this at a newspaper or magazine)

Storytime in the desert!

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Life is full of coincidences and here’s a cool one. An artist and musician I know will be the person reading The Great Thanksgiving Escape at her local Barnes & Noble on Saturday, November 15th!  Julie Rustad (an artist and musician and designer with an MBA and the creator of The Desert Dwellers flash cards and now storytime reader) is going to be reading The Great Thanksgiving Escape at the Barnes & Noble on Broadway in Tucson, AZ.

I guess all that singing at Disneyland was correct, it is a small world after all.

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And check out Julie’s Desert Dweller flash cards. A great way to turn learning the ABC’s into a desert adventure! You can pick up the cards at the Eastside Tucson Barnes & Noble as well.

Story Time!

Remember that on Saturday November 15th you can stop by any Barnes & Noble and listen to a reading of The Great Thanksgiving Escape. I’ll be in the Tigard Barnes & Noble reading and later that day will be at Green Bean Books in Portland. I hope to see you! I mean if you live around here and know me…or like picture books…you know!

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Thanksgiving – is it here yet?

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Thanksgiving is not here yet so I will continue to talk about my Thaksgiving book because the day after Thanksgiving it’ll all be over…for a year.

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I’ll be reading The Great Thanksgiving Escape at the Barnes & Nobel in Tigard Oregon (at Bridgeport) on November 15th, at 11:30. So if you are in the area stop by and buy 15 books by any author you like and I’ll sign them. OK. I’m kidding. You should probably buy my books, that’s how these things work, but personally I’ll be getting the new Stephen King. I need to get him to sign one some day.

Anyway, I’ll be at at a bookstore where there will be plenty of books by all kinds of authors. I’ll be happy to sign some of mine. See you November 15th at the Barnes & Noble in Tigard Oregon.

And if you…

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Thanksgiving – is it here yet?

TGTEbooks

Thanksgiving is not here yet so I will continue to talk about my Thaksgiving book because the day after Thanksgiving it’ll all be over…for a year.

Fearing_3

I’ll be reading The Great Thanksgiving Escape at the Barnes & Nobel in Tigard Oregon (at Bridgeport) on November 15th, at 11:30. So if you are in the area stop by and buy 15 books by any author you like and I’ll sign them. OK. I’m kidding. You should probably buy my books, that’s how these things work, but personally I’ll be getting the new Stephen King. I need to get him to sign one some day.

Anyway, I’ll be at at a bookstore where there will be plenty of books by all kinds of authors. I’ll be happy to sign some of mine. See you November 15th at the Barnes & Noble in Tigard Oregon.

And if you can’t make the 11:30 story time in Tigard, I’ll be at Green Bean Books on Alberta Street at 2:30 that day as well. So for you folks who live closer to Portland you can’t use the ‘drive to the burbs’ as an excuse not to see me.

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