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WALT DISNEY 1901-1966

My biggest lesson was that if you had faith in yourself
you could accomplish anything you sought to accomplish

In 1918, sixteen-year-old Walt Disney was eager to take part in the war in France, but was too young to join the military. He signed up with the Red Cross, by lying about his age.

He later became an Academy Award-winning American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

He won twenty-six Oscars.

How Disney cartoons were made in 1938

He created some of the world's most famous fictional characters including Mickey Mouse.

He is the namesake for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the United States, Japan, France, and China.

The Walt Disney Company, today has annual revenues of approximately U.S. $35 billion.

PETER You drew cartoons for the school newspaper. Did you know then how much cartoons would mean to you later on?
DISNEY I had no idea.  I just knew what made my heart sing and that I could take away burdens from people, as I made them laugh.
PETER In France, you drove an ambulance, on which you drew cartoon characters.  Was your drawing a way of shutting out violence?
DISNEY It was a way of shining a spotlight on something other than violence.  You could transport your mind into an area - right there in the midst of violence - that gave you peace and happiness.
PETER You hated organized labour.  You spied for the FBI and testified before the the Un-American Activities Committee against several union organizers and the Screen Actors guild.  How do you view this activity now?
DISNEY I believe it is laughable now.  I was completely in a judgement place at that time.
PETER During your life, were you aware of your own soul?
DISNEY I had inklings of it.  In some of my movies I dabbled with the fact that we are much more than the physical; but only if they were open to it - never to brainwash people.

Toni comments: The sense I got was of an organizational mastermind.  But everything was done with a sense of mirth.

Peter comments: Time after time in Disney's movies, the litle runt, the forgotten child or animal, the despised Cinderella, finds that life can be turned around for the better.  Walt's genius lay in realizing that his private goals were most people's dreams.

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