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Today I’ve got another book from my friends over at Theme Park Press. I love having the opportunity to share so many great Disney-themed books with you!
About the Book
When Walt Disney took up residence in California, he did some of his first animation work in his uncle Robert’s ramshackle garage. He soon moved to better quarters, the garage left behind, forgotten.
Until, six decades later, Disney executive Art Adler heard on television that the garage—which he knew had once been Walt’s—was being auctioned. The Disney Company had no interest in it. Whoever bought the garage would likely demolish it and use the lot for something else. So, Art made it his mission to save Walt’s garage.
In Walt Disney’s Garage of Dreams, which Art completed shortly before his death in 2014, Art shares the history of the garage, his tireless efforts to save it, and a unique insider’s look at his ten-year career with the Disney Company, from the perspective not of an animator or an artist, but that of an executive.
Here’s just some of what you’ll find inside Walt’s garage:
- The true story of how an ugly garage near Hollywood became the unlikely catalyst for the Disney empire
- How rock singer Bobby Sherman and Let’s Make a Deal announcer Jay Stewart got involved with Walt’s garage
- Art’s highs and lows with the Disney Company, and why he left after ten years of exemplary service
- How Art convinced President Ronald Reagan and the U.S. Congress to proclaim a Walt Disney Recognition Day
- Art’s brushes with celebrities at Disney World, including a dangerous handshake with President Jimmy Carter
- A transcript of the mostly forgotten, off-the-cuff speech that Walt Disney made to high-ranking Cast Members at the Disneyland Hotel in 1965
Walt Disney’s Garage of Dreams also features narratives from Bob Penfield, an original Disneyland Cast Member, and from retired Disney VP of Merchandising Bob Bowman, with additional contributions by Disney historian Jim Korkis.
This is your chance not only to learn where Walt set his feet upon the path to greatness but also get a rare peek into the “suit-and-tie” side of Disney.
About the Author
Arthur C. “Buddy” Adler was born in Queens, New York, on May 5, 1932, and began a ten-year career with Disney in the Contracts Administration Department in 1974. After his retirement, he turned to acting and various charitable causes, including the rescue of Walt Disney’s first studio, in actuality his uncle Robert’s ramshackle garage, at an auction.
After acquiring the garage, Art led a group of investors called the Friends of Walt Disney in the preservation and eventual sale of the garage to a historical society. Art was also instrumental in President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation of a Walt Disney Recognition Day.
Art Adler passed away on September 23, 2014.
Heidi Says . . .
First of all, I love that – even though Art passed away and never saw his book in print – Theme Park Press published this book! What a great end to an interesting life.
The whole first half of this book is focused on the garage that Walt first used as a studio when he moved to California. Mr. Adler found out that it was for sale and, despite the fact that noone in the Disney company was the least bit interested in the garage, he went out of his way to acquire it. The man moved mountains to make it happen! After pulling together a group of investors, he worked for years to find a suitable place to house the garage and make sure it was properly maintained. Now, I am longing to head out to California and see the garage for myself. His drive and determination are commendable, to be sure!
The second half of the book contains stories of Mr. Adler’s days working for Disney, including the job he had to do and many of the people that he met and/or worked with along the way. It’s basically a collection of short stories relating to his time at Disney. Interesting and fun to read!
I think that this book is worthy of your reading simply for the dedication that Mr. Adler had to Walt Disney.
You can learn more about Walt Disney’s Garage of Dreams at Theme Park Press.
***This post made possible by Theme Park Press.***