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Mom and Uncle Walt: 1959

Mom and Uncle Walt: 1959

Disneyland, September, 1959. My mom in a close encounter with Walt Disney. When she asked him for an autograph, he politely declined, saying that she could write to his office for one. This seems consistent with what I heard many years ago, that he didn't like to spontaneously hand out autographs because his authentic signature wasn't quite like the official Disney logo. You can just make out the House of the Future in the background between them. View full size.

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This is an amazing picture. Imagine a legend like Walt Disney hanging out in a public place, even in his own park "these days". Most likely wouldn't happen.

Now Walt, your tie is riding way up too far! It's like a 1940's movie.

I saw and loved the recent movie "Saving Mr. Banks" with Tom Hanks as Walt. In the film, Tom Hanks was escorting Pamela Travers (Emma Thompson) through the park, and he handed out pre-written autographed cards to those who asked.

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