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Walt Disney was the mystery guest on the 11 November 1956 episode of WML.
At the end of this clip, Jerry Lewis makes a pitch for MDA.
The Disneyland Resort and its cast members have a legacy of giving, started by Walt Disney himself, and the giving efforts kick into high gear during the 12 days of Christmas. Hereâ€™s a look at what weâ€™ve been up to:
- On the first day of Christmasâ€¦1,000 individuals receive necessities through the annual Adopt-A-Family program in partnership with MOMS Orange County.
- On the second dayâ€¦2,000 military care packages and postcards are sent to military personnel around the world through Operation Uplift.
- On the third dayâ€¦30 children at CHOC Childrenâ€™s Hospital attended a holiday party hosted by Disney and gift bags were provided to another 150 hospitalized children.
- On the fourth dayâ€¦4 food packing events at the Orange County Food Bank, including one on National Family Volunteer Day, provided more than 150,000 meals to individuals in need.
- On the fifth dayâ€¦$5,000 worth of Disney merchandise was donated by the Resort to support the Adopt-A-Family program.
- On the sixth dayâ€¦$6,000 was donated to the Irvine Animal Care Center, and during the Centerâ€™s holiday pet adoption event, Disney VoluntEARS helped 241 animals find a home.
- On the seventh dayâ€¦700 holiday Goofy hats were donated to five local nonprofit organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
- On the eighth dayâ€¦800 gifts were wrapped by Disney VoluntEARS during the annual holiday gift wrap event, raising funds to send military care packages.
- On the ninth dayâ€¦90+ Disneyland Resort Cast Members volunteered to host holiday parties at local nonprofit organizations, including Walnut Manor and the Blind Childrenâ€™s Learning Center.
- On the tenth dayâ€¦10,000 toys were collected for the Toys for Tots Foundation through the Resortâ€™s annual toy drive â€“ a tradition that was started by Walt Disney 62 years ago.
- On the eleventh dayâ€¦11 food drop-off locations throughout the Resort resulted in a food drive that collected 2,100 pounds of food for families in need.
- On the twelfth day of Christmasâ€¦more than $12 million in cash and in-kind goods will have been donated by the Disneyland Resort and its Cast Members in 2009.
The scene was Van Nuys Airport in the San Fernando Valley. Patty and Roy E. Disney were preparing for a flight to New York to help promote a book about Roy’s father who found the money to realize the dreams of his brother, Walt Disney. Patty and Roy were seated in the right front row. They were holding hands as the plane, which Roy owned, trundled down the runway to prepare for the flight.
They still held hands as the plane climbed over Burbank and began the flight east. They finally loosened their grips over the mountains and Roy commented to a fellow traveler, “We always hold hands at the takeoff. So far we’ve never had a problem.”
It was 1998 and we were on our way to New York to tout the book I had written about Roy O. Disney, older brother of Walt Disney. We would also visit where both Disneys were born in Illinois, and Kansas City, Mo., where they lived before their arrival to Los Angeles.
Roy Edward Disney, who died Wednesday at age 79, had been an ideal source about his father and Uncle Walt, whose biography I had also written. He recalled that his father was ambivalent about whether his son should join the studio.
“I think he was apprehensive about that if I did get involved in doing things for Walt, that he would not treat me as well as he did other people,” Roy told me, adding “Of course he treated everybody pretty rough.
“I have always said he was very, very fair to me, If I did crappy work, he told me so. If he liked what I did, he told me that too.”
Young Roy tried out on the studio’s “True Life Adventures” nature film series and suggested two scripts to Walt but got no reply. Then he clicked on the idea for “An Otter in the Family.” He made four more “True Life Adventures” before Walt died.
Roy found cooperative co-workers in far-off locations, but the studio workers were not as understanding. They concocted derogatory terms for the son of the boss. It would be a long time before they would recognize his contributions.
Roy Edward’s work required long periods in the wilds, but he was able to court Patricia Dailly, New Orleans-born daughter of newsman Pete Dailly. On one of his flights back to L.A. from Utah, Roy was greeted by his mother and Patricia. His mother said to her son, “Well, aren’t you going to kiss her?” He did.
When Roy started on a trip back to Utah, he mused, “I’ve got to go back and propose to the girl.” But out of his shyness he didn’t. Instead, when he got to Salt Lake City, Roy wrote a five-page letter to Patty. At the end he suggested, “By the way, I think we ought to think about getting married.” She sent a telegram: “Hell yes!”
Disney Died Wednesday After Bout With Cancer
A newspaper says Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney who became a powerful behind-the-scenes influence on the family business, has died. He was 79. Clifford A. Miller, a spokesman for Roy Disney’s company Shamrock Holdings, told the Los Angeles Times that Disney died Wednesday after a bout with cancer.
His father, Roy O. Disney, and uncle, Walt, founded The Walt Disney Co. in the 1920s. Walt was the company’s creative genius but Roy Disney’s father played a vital role as head of its financial side. The younger Disney, born in 1930, worked for the company as a writer and producer. But his most important influence was as a Disney shareholder who led two investor revolts.
In 1984 he led a successful campaign to oust Walt Disney’s son-in-law from the company. Nearly 20 years later, he launched another successful shareholder revolt against Michael Eisner.
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Patrick Disney Miller, grandson of the late Walt Disney, was arrested early today on suspicion of illegal gun possession, police said.
Miller, 42, was taken into custody about 5:30 a.m. at his home in Woodland Hills, said Officer Karen Rayner of the Los Angeles Police Department.
â€œAn LAPD gun unit was there to serve a search-and-arrest warrant,â€ Rayner said.
Miller was booked at the LAPDâ€™s Valley jail in Van Nuys for investigation of possession of a firearm by a felon and selling ammunition or reloaded ammunition for a handgun. Miller is being held in lieu of $70,000 bail, Rayner said.