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This Day in Disney History

Hi everybody, it is good news that more and more things are opening up and everywhere is returning back to normal. It would be good to get back to having a normal routine without all these restrictions, but saying that does not mean I don’t have my own concerns about walking around with no masks on, especially when their still is so many different variants out there…

Today’s post is about what happened on This Day in Disney History, No matter who you are, young or old, you just can’t help but take Disney to your heart. It just becomes part of all our lives, which starts from a very young age. Eventually, you go on to enjoy it with your own family and get to relive it through your child’s eyes. Over the years they have released some spectacular films and amazing animations for you to enjoy, time and time again.

What Happened in Disney History?

1909:

Ken Darby was born in Hebron, Nebraska and is a man with many talents He was a lyricist, composer, vocal arranger, conductor, and Grammy Award-winner. Ken is best known for his works on Porgy and Bess, The King and I, and Flower Drum Song. Darby worked as a composer and production supervisor for Walt Disney Studios. In 1946 he was a choral and vocal director on one of Disney’s classic films the Song of the South and wrote music for some short movies like Casey at the Bat, Once Upon a Wintertime and The Brave Engineer.

1924:

Bernard E. McEveety is an American film and Tv director, he was born in New Rochelle, New York. His Disney film credits include One Little Indian, Napoleon and Samantha (directing Jodie Foster in her debut film), and Disneyland’s Donovan’s Kid. He is more known for his tv work in tv, McEveety directed 31 episodes of the classic series Combat as well as various tv episodes of Air Wolf, Knight Rider, The Incredible Hulk, The Dukes of Hazard, The A-Team and so much more…

1933

Disney’s popular cartoon character Mickey Mouse is in The Mail Pilot, which was directed by David Hand, is released. When Mickey and the mail pilot is entrusted with a chest of money, he must overcome some obstacles as he battle his way through rain, snow, and bandit Pete, who has a plane that is equipped with a harpoon cannon and a machine gun…

1935:

Animator, film director, screenwriter, and producer Burnett “Burny” Mattinson is born in San Francisco, California. His earliest credits go back to the 1955 Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, in which he was an “inbetweener” (It is Someone who draws pictures to fill up the keyframe). Burny has worked as an assistant on One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword and the Stone, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Aristocats and The Jungle Book. He then went on to become a character animator on Robin Hood and Winnie the Pooh, as well as a storyboard artist for The Rescuers. Burny also produced and directed The Great Mouse Detective and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. In 1994 Mattinson was awarded the Winsor McCay Award, and in 2008 he was also awarded the Disney Legends Award.

1939:

Born in Brooklyn, New York on this day was Hollywood Actor and producer Harvey Keitel. To his credits, he has Disney, Touchstone, and Miramax films amongst others to his repertoire, which include Sister Act, National Treasure, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

1942:

Disney’s animated feature film Pinocchio is about a wooden boy, who wants to be a real boy was released in Switzerland.

1949:

A Dixieland Jazz band consists of the Firehouse Five Plus Two, which is made up of Disney Studio employees, started recording their very first album. The recording session takes place at Radio Engineers famous Studio B, in Hollywood, California with engineer Lowell Frank at the controls.

1971:

A man with so much flair and unbelievable talent is singer-songwriter Elton John who visited Disneyland for the very first time during his second U.S tour. He is to also perform across the way at the neighbouring Anaheim Convention Centre the following day.

1979:

Walt Disney’s wonderful world of colour aired the episode “Sky Trap,” which was directed by Jerome Courtland. A plane carrying a cargo of illegal narcotics crashes and leads to the disappearance of an infamous drug smuggler called “The Hawk.”

1993:

Debby Ryan is an actress and singer and was born in Huntsville, Alabama, she is best known for her role on Disney Channels Original Series the Suite Life on Deck. She then went onto play a nanny on another Disney Original Series Jessie between 2011-2015. Her other television credits include Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Austin & Ally, and Girl Meets World. Her movie credits include 16 Wishes, The Suite Life Movie, the live-action Muppets Most Wanted and the animated Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings as the voice of Spike.

1997:

London’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast premiered at the Dominion Theatre…

2000:

Original Disney Channel Movie Miracle in Lane Two, featuring Frankie Muniz and Patrick Levis (Who will win the Young Artist Award for his performance), aired

2001:

The Wonderful World of Disney aired one of the world’s most famous and iconic Child Stars of its time. Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story.

2002:

Walt Disney World no longer allows its guests to bring water coolers into the water parks, for security reasons.

2005:

The Herbie VW Volkswagen goes on Tour in the US, to celebrate its 50th anniversary and the release of Herbie: Fully Loaded, it begins at Santa Monica Pier in California and stops over at a dozen states.

2008:

Kerry Butler who is currently the star of Broadways Xanadu releases her debut album called Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust, it features 12 Disney tracks, (Butler has also played the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway). On the same day she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a leading actress in a musical.

Disney press publishes Camp Rock: The Junior Novel by Lucy Ruggles, the novel is based on the Disney Channel movie.

2009:

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival starts off with its newest Disney Pixar 3D movie Up.

Theatre, film and television actor, Frank Aletter passes away aged 83 in California. His Disney films include A Tiger Walks, Now You See Him, Now You Don’t and Run, Cougar, Run.

2010:

Disney and ABC Television Group receives a whopping 59 nominations for the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy* Awards, was announced live from New York City.  Among the nominations are 4 for Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb and 4 for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.

2012:

Desperate Housewife’s final episode “Finishing the Hat” aired on ABC. It was promoted as Kiss Them Goodbye; this was the end of season 8 and their final season of the award-winning series.

2021:

Disneyland begins to offer its cast members, who are both furloughed, along with their families, the single-shot Johnson and Johnson or the two-shot Pfizer vaccination (which is due to the current situation of the pandemic). The vaccine clinic is being offered at the Disneyland hotel through May and June.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you all next week.

Nature’s Way

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying getting out and about. Make the most of everyday and each other, show the ones you love that you care, Enjoy nature at its finest, and keep its beauty everlasting.

I found this beautiful poem that i thought I must share with you all

Upon a nice mid-spring day,
Let’s take a look at Nature’s way.
Breathe the scent of nice fresh air,
Feel the breeze within your hair.

The grass will poke between your toes,
Smell the flowers with your nose.
Clouds form shapes within the skies,
And light will glisten from your eyes.

Hear the buzzing of the bees,
Climb the tallest willow trees.
Look across the meadow way,
And you shall see a young deer play.

Pick the daisies as they grow,
Watch a gentle cold stream flow.
Know the sounds of water splash,
Catch its glimmer in a flash.

When altogether all seems sound,
Lay yourself upon the ground.
Take a moment to inhale,
And listen to Nature tell her tale…

By Heidi Campbell

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy life, family, pets nature and so much more. See you next week!

8 Futuristic Museums

Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping okay. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, so happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there, but I would like to especially welcome my own daughter to her very first Mother’s Day, as she became a mother herself this year to a beautiful baby boy, but my heart does break that I have not been able to see him or my daughter in person, I didn’t even get to see her through her pregnancy, but I am looking forward to the day that I can get to hug them without this pandemic hanging over our heads.

Anyways on with this week post. Today I am doing about futuristic museums that consists of contemporary art from around the world, this post involves everything that I love all wrapped nicely together, such as museums, art, all tied together by the beautiful and unusual architecture. I love going to museums, art galleries and have become such a fanatic where beautiful and extremely different architecture is concerned, it could be, where the artist in me comes out

8 Futuristic Museums of Contemporary Art around the World

Each museum is special in their own way, whether it’s through their architectural exterior or their unique Interior to even what they house, but whatever it is they are admired by many experts, and people alike, from all around the world. These stunning museums offer you both cultural and architectural experience. Gone are the everyday buildings and now you have the more up to date museums that are more advanced than the run of the mill ones. I am not knocking the older ones as if it were not for them I would not of got my thirst for art and its history..

Famous architects of our generation come out to compete, so they can get to design futuristic architects and standout one of a kind architecture museum, from the likes of Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Nouvel, MVRDV, Santiago Calatrava, these are just a few of the names that had contributed to bringing you out of this world architecture.

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Niterói Contemporary Museum is in the city of Niterói and has stunning views that look across Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. There is a wide access area that takes you up into the lobby of the museum and into the Hall of Expositions and has a capacity for sixty people to be in there at one time, whilst in there why not explore the works of art by Jorge Duarte, Lygia Clark, and so many more. There are two doors that lead to the viewing gallery, where you can see the Guanabara Bay. The design of this structure has a futuristic feat which was designed by none other than their very own Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer. This building was designed in the shape of a saucer that is likened to a UFO and is set on the cliffside overlooking the Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. that gives it a more stunning look.

Louvre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Louvre Museum is designed by Jean Nouvel, features a stainless-steel aluminium dome that is surrounded by water. giving it an idyllic setting on the island of Saadivat and is inspired by the Arab architectural culture designed as “a city museum on the sea” that includes 50 buildings. When the sun beams down onto the dome, light beams through the dome in the form of a star shaped pattern. This took eight years to construct and is the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula. The Louvre Abu Dhabi promotes the Western art spread throughout 23 galleries that are either owned by or on loan to the UAE that includes an 1877 self-portrait of Van Gogh, Jacques-Louis David’s famous portrait of Napoleon crossing the Alps on a white horse, 1877 Monet’s painting of the Saint-Lazare railroad station, and 1922 Mondrian’s Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow and Black.

Comic and Animation Museum, Hangzhou, China

When you first look at the museum it looks like a cluster of oversized eggs that is speckled in red, but it is so much more to what it appears to be, it is a fitting masterpiece, for housing the Comic and Animation Museum. This was designed to represent speech bubbles for its eight interconnected parts which fulfils every comic book lovers’ fantasy. Children’s comics have grown to be a more sophisticated art form, and this is every artist dream as everyone tries to compete to be the best and more artistic, in bringing their work to life. Each speech bubble has a specific entrance; education, cinemas/theatre, a massive comic book library, and an interactive exhibition area. This museum was created by MVRDV.

Museum of the Future, Dubai, UAE

This museum is adding a unique architectural structure to the Dubai skyline that was designed by architect Shaun Killa as it has now joined the ranks of the likes of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Frame with its seven floors of exhibitions, that as a calligraphy style steel frame. This museum takes it to a whole other level as parts of this building was created by robots, which gives you an insight into what the future will look like. Visitors will get to experience the technologies from the future and get a glance at what will be the next big technology of the 21st century. This museum explores the future of science and technology.

Museu do Amanha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museu do Amanha or the “Museum of Tomorrow” is a magnificent and captivating architecture and is one that entices you to come and have a look around its beautiful structure was created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is situated at the far side of the Praça Maua’ near the harbour. This museum is a cultural place housing exhibition that addresses the future of the planet. Its unusual architectural design with a cantilevering roof gives you the impression of wings on either end, but it is influenced by the local Brazilian culture along with Calatrava’s reference point, which is the biology of birds. The museum gives you panoramic views of Guanabara Bay and Sao Bento Monastery. This museum is over two levels while retaining as much space as possible and houses’ both short-term and long-term exhibits, with the permanent being on the upper floor.

National Museum of Qatar, Doha, Qatar

The National Museum was designed by Jean Nouvel resembles a bunch of flying saucers that as crashed to the ground all in the same spot, they are made up of interlocking discs, that offers its international visitors a look into its dialogue of rapid change and modernization. Its visitors have been at the heart and centre of this museums’ vision and its development. Everyone who visits the National Museum of Qatar are given an all-round and captivating experience, it doesn’t matter what age you are, the experience is still the same, delving into knowledge of their nation’s history and its people. The story will unfold across eleven compelling galleries as it tells their stories.

Soumaya Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

The Soumaya Museum was created by architectural firm FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) which is now one of Mexico City’s most striking landmark, with a magnificent eclectic collection of nearly 70,000 objects ranging from the 15th to the mid-20th century that is housed over its nine floors. A skin of 16,000 hexagonal tiles of mirrored steel, that reference the colonial ceramic tiled structure, which gives the museum its diverse appearance. Soumaya was designed by Fernando Romero an architect that is renowned for his stunning designs. This museum contains exhibition spaces, a library, a bookshop, storage areas, offices, a café/restaurant, and a 320-seat auditorium. All spaces that are dedicated to the public will be connected by a spiral ramp which begins as soon as you enter the lobby that goes all the way up to the open floor gallery which sees daylight coming through. The collection consists of European old masters, Auguste Rodin and European sculpture of the 19th and 20th centuries, Mesoamerican art, 19th century Mexican portrait painting, Mexican art of the 20th century, and Impressionism and avant-garde art, there is also, miniature jewellery, coins. Including notable works from the likes of Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the list is endless

Coming Soon…

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles, US

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art was founded by Philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson.  The Lucas museum will inspire all generation through its Universal Visual storytelling. This museum when completed is scheduled to open in 2023 which will present itself in exhibitions that will bring visual storytelling to its fullest richness and complexity. It will give you learning opportunities and will enable all ages to explore diverse forms of narrative art. This is designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong and is under construction in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. This museum will feature galleries that will showcase the 10,000-piece collection of George Lucas’ memorabilia, which will include The Star Wars Franchise and it will also have state of the art cinematic theatre’s,

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and enjoy the rest of your day and have a good weekend. See you next week.

The Wright Brothers Day

Hi everyone hope you are all okay. It is not long now until Christmas day, it is almost upon us, only 8 shopping days left, so I hope you have managed to do all your Christmas shopping, as next week will just be horrendous.

Today’s post is about real life brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright also known as the Wright brothers. They were two American Aviation Pioneers who had incredible vision and enormous talent for designing and creating their inventions. They invented the first successful airplane one hundred and seventeen years ago today.

Wilbur and Orville: The Early Years

Orville Wright 4 years and 9 months of age and Wilbur Wright 9 years of age

Wilbur (16 April 1867) and Orville (19 August 1871) were born to parents Milton and Susan Koerner. They belonged to a warm and loving family that would encourage learning, and to always keep on doing. Their family consisted of older brothers Rauchlin and Lorin, and younger sister Katharine.

The Toy Helicopter

Their mother Susan was the daughter of a wagon maker, who made toys for her children and always encouraged their curiosity. Whilst their father Milton was a bishop of the United Brethren Church, which often took him away from home on church business. But he would always keep in contact with his family by writing hundreds of letters home, and would often bring presents from his many trips away, and that gave the children a look at the world beyond their horizon. In 1878, one of the gifts he brought home was a rubber band powered helicopter, the young boys immediately began to build copies of it and would sell them to their friends including handmade kites. Wilbur and Orville always did things together ever since they were small.

The Wright Brothers Helicopter

In 1884, Bishop Wright decided to move his family to Dayton, Ohio, which was the political center of the United Brethren Church. Around the same time, his wife Susan fell ill with tuberculosis. Just out of high school Wilbur put aside going to college, so that he could nurse his sick mother, while Orville started to lose interest in school, instead he learned all he could about the printing business. Their mother Susan Wright’s health declined and died by summer of 1889, and that same year Orville decided to drop out of high school to open his first print shop.

Their Career Path

The Printing Business

In 1890, Wilbur went to join Orville in the printing business, serving as editor for The West Side News, a newspaper that went out weekly to their west Dayton neighborhood. It was a modestly successful business, and to give its residence more, they began a daily, and evening item, in 1891. However, it took a lot of work to keep up with the larger and more established daily newspapers, so after a few months they simply went back to being job printers.

The Bicycle Process
Original Wright Brothers Bicycle

By 1894, the brothers were caught up in the bicycling craze that had swept the nation. They used the money they had got from their printing trade and used it to open their first bicycle shop, at first they just sold and repaired bikes. This soon grew in to a full-time business, and by 1896 they started to build their own brand of bikes. The Wright Cycle Company would soon make a handsome profit. The brothers cared little about money, and by now they were already thinking about trading their wheels for wings.

It was their experiences with bicycles that helped them in their investigation of flight. They would later go on to use their knowledge that they had learned from they’re bicycle business in their airplanes: wheel hubs, chains, ball bearings, sprockets and spoke wire. They would use their experience as cyclist to help with balancing and controlling their aircraft.

The Invention Of The Airplane

In 1896, the newspapers were filled with stories of flying machines. Wilbur and Orville had noticed that these archaic aircraft lacked suitable controls. They would start to wonder how a pilot would balance an airplane in the air just as a biker would balance his bike when cycling on the road. By 1899 The Wright Brothers were so eager to control an aircraft that they devised a simple system plan that twisted or warped the wings of a biplane, which causes it to roll right then left and then restoring it back to level flight. Wilbur and Orville came up with this idea by watching birds in flight. They tested this system by using a kite, then a series of gliders.

Their First Successful Airplane

They made their first test flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on the shores of the Atlantic, it’s a place where the strong winds had helped to launch the gliders and it helped that you had the soft sand to cushion yourself when you crashed. Their first two gliders that had flown in 1900 and 1901 were not provided with enough lift, nor were they fully controllable. So during the winter of 1901 and 1902 the brothers built a wind tunnel and organized many experiments on them to determine the best shape for an airplane to stay up in the air. This empowered them to build a glider with enough lift, and enabled them to concentrate on the problem of control. It wasn’t until towards the end of 1902 flying season, that their third glider became the first fully controllable aircraft, with roll, pinch and yaw controls.

It was during the winter of 1902 and 1903, with the help of their mechanic Charlie Taylor, the Wrights finally got to design and build a  gasoline engine that was light enough to propel an airplane. They also designed the first true airplane propellers and build a new powered aircraft. Back at Kitty Hawk, Wilbur and Orville had found themselves in a race. Samuel P. Langley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, had also built a powered aircraft that was designed after a small unmanned “aerodrome” that he had flown successfully in 1896. To add to their frustrations, the brothers kept being delayed by problems with the propeller shafts as well as the weather, which gave Langley time to check the aircraft twice in late 1903. Both experiments floundered badly, and then Langley left the field to the Wright Brothers. On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first assisted, controlled flights in a powered aircraft.

Orville’s Dedication To His Brother

On 30 May, 1912, Wilbur died aged 45 of typhoid fever, which he had contracted after eating some oysters at a hotel in Boston. Orville is the shyer one and less worldly, was devastated by his brothers’ death that he had made the decision to sell the Wright Company as it was too much to bear without Wilbur being there, and made around $1.5 million in the process. He spent the rest of his life tinkering in his workshop, and hanging out with his family and protecting the Wright family legacy.

By the time of Orville’s’ death on 30 January, 1948 he had seen his brother’s invention transform transportation, culture war forever. And to think all there work that they had created, started by two small boys and one toy helicopter and there self believe in each other.

 The Wright brothers are from a mere minority, that were among the blessed few who could combine mechanical ability with intelligence in roughly equal amounts. The brother’s biographer Fred Howard had once wrote. “One man with this dual gift is exceptional. Two such men whose lives and fortunes are closely linked, can raise this combination of qualities to a point where their combined talents are akin to genius.”

22 Amazing Facts

  • Milton and Susan Wright had seven children, that included a set of twins Otis and Ida, but tragically the twins died. Otis was born first and managed to live for 1 week and 6 days and Ida managed 2 weeks and 4 days.
  • Wilbur was the third child and Orville the sixth
  • A toy piqued their passion from an early age.
  • In 1878, when Wilbur was 11 and Orville 7, their father gave them a helicopter-like toy to share. It was based on an invention by Alphonse Pénaud and was made of paper, bamboo and cork with a rubber band to twirl the motor. The brothers later said this toy was the beginning of an obsession with flying machines.
  • Their genius was genetic as their mother, Sarah, was very mechanically inclined. Her own father was a carriage maker, and she spent a lot of time in his shop. She made her own appliances as well as toys for her children. The Wright brothers consulted their mother’s advice regularly as they designed their own machines.
  • The brothers shared such a close bond…  Even though the Wright brothers weren’t twins, they certainly lived like they were. They worked side by side six days a week, and shared the same residence, meals, and bank account. They also enjoyed mutual interests, like music and cooking. Neither brother ever married. Orville said it was Wilbur’s job, as the older sibling, to get hitched first. Meanwhile, Wilbur said he “had no time for a wife.” In any case, the two became successful businessmen, scoring aviation contracts both domestically and abroad.
  • One of the newspapers they printed, The Tattler, was for the African-American community in Dayton, Ohio.
  • They decided who would fly first with a toss of a coin. Wilbur won the toss, but his first attempt failed. Orville went second and managed to fly for 12 seconds. 
  • They were autodidacts which is a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.
  • When Neil Armstrong went to the moon he paid homage to the Wright brothers by carrying both a swatch of fabric from the 1903 Flyer’s left wing and a piece of its wooden propeller inside his spacesuit.
  • The Wright brothers were proud Midwesterner that spent their formative years in Dayton, Ohio. Later in life, Wilbur said his advice for those seeking success would be to “pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.”
  • Neither of the Wright brothers graduated from high school, but they were undoubtedly bright, neither of them ever earned their high school diploma. Wilbur became reclusive after suffering a bad hockey injury, and Orville dropped out of school.
  • They achieved four successful flights with their first airplane design… The Wright brothers started testing various wing designs and spent the next few years perfecting their evolving vision for a heavier-than-air flying machine.
  • On Dec. 17, 1903, the brothers successfully launch the world’s first airplane. The Wright Flyer I. It was made of spruce and had propellers and a specially designed engine cast mainly from lightweight aluminum. It was the first controlled and powered flying machine that could fly with the weight of humans. From this design, the modern airplane was born.
  • The Wright Flyer I cost about $1000 to make.
  • The Wright brothers only flew together once (though both piloted the planes individually); on May 25, 1910, they took a six-minute flight piloted by Orville with Wilbur as his passenger.
  •  On that same day in May, Orville took his 82-year-old father, Milton, on a seven-minute flight. They flew at a height of about 350 feet.
  • The Wright Brothers made life-sized copies of their beloved helicopter toy with the intention of making an aircraft that would hold them both.
  • The press initially ignored the Kitty Hawk flights, despite their monumental achievement, the Dayton Journal didn’t think the Wright brothers’ short flights were important enough to cover. The Virginia Pilot ended up catching wind of the story, however, and they printed an error-ridden account that was picked up by several other papers. Eventually, the Dayton Journal wrote up an official and accurate story.
  • The Wright brothers established the world’s first test flight facilities (which is now known as Wright Patterson Air Force Base) near Dayton, Ohio. 
  • Ohio and North Carolina often battle over which state is truly the “birthplace of aviation.”

Thank you for stopping by, Enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you all back here next week!