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Les Clark: Disney Inspirations

Les Clark was one of the longest-serving animators at the Walt Disney Company, and the first of the famous “Nine Old Men” animators of the early days of the company. He started out literally being discovered by Walt himself when he was working in an ice cream shop in high school. This is his story of making his way up in the company.

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Eric Larson: Disney Inspirations

Eric Larson was a Disney animator, and later became a Disney Legend. Yet, Eric did not want to work at the Disney Company in the beginning. He ended up there by chance, wanted to quit, was talked into staying, and became the company’s longest-serving employee at the time of his retirement. This is Eric’s intriguing story from reluctant employee to beloved Disney treasure.

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Disney’s First-Ever Park Guest: Dave MacPherson

Who was the first person to buy a ticket to a Disney theme park? The answer to that interesting question is a twenty-two year old man named Dave MacPherson. This college student had one simple goal on Disneyland’s opening day to the general public on July 18, 1955, to be first in line. This is his story.