As part of my goal to clean out the rats-nest I call an office, I discovered an old Film Comment magazine from January 1975.
At that time I was a Lieutenant JG in the Navy, stationed at the Pentagon – but I was also a huge animation fan. This Film Comment issue was devoted to toons, so I snatched it up… primarily because I was going to hear Chuck Jones speak at the Kennedy Center, and I was hoping for an autograph. Long story short, I got Chuck’s signature and carried it with me to California (where I moved the following year to work for Disney). Naturally, I ran into more animation folks in Los Angeles, so I managed to pick up a few more autographs for my magazine. Thought you might like to take a peek.
Here’s Chuck’s signature from 1975.
Working just a few offices from me in the Roy O. Disney building was Willie Ito, who worked on Chuck Jones’ crew. (Willie also worked for Hanna-Barbera, Beanie & Cecil, and Disney feature animation. He even character-designed for WD TV animation in its infancy.)
Just down the hall from Willie sat Cal Howard who was a Fleischer veteran from the ooooold days. (They even rotoscoped him as the Prince in Gulliver’s Travels.) So one day Cal brings a buddy to the studio, and I hear them talking out in the hallway. And the buddy sounds strangely familiar. It was Jack Mercer – the voice of Popeye!!! Another autograph!
And of course, when I moved from Walt Disney Music over to TV Animation in 1984, I had the pleasure of working with these two mega-talents. Bill “Bullwinkle” Scott and June “Rocky” Foray. (She called me “dollink”!)
A real treasure, eh? (Wonder what it’s worth…. Naw, I’d never part with it.)