MAN from U.N.C.L.E. – 1

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I’m sure I wasn’t the only 007 geek who was delighted to learn that NBC was going to have a spy show back in the 60’s. Though the series looks a big clunky today, “Man From UNCLE” was the stuff of dreams to my teenaged mind. Thus, I saved every scrap of paper I could find on the show. I cut out newspaper articles and even photos from teen magazines. I also wrote a fan letter and got a response. Now it’s time to scan all this stuff and share it with you. “Sherman, to the WayBack Machine.”

In no particular order…. an article from TV Guide (date unknown).

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From the Detroit Free Press.



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A TV Guide review. July 1, 1967

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“Sophisticated Beatle??”

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More to come…!






Let’s take a break from the Tale Spin reference and look at something really cool. Here are two press releases (both dated April 8, 1969) regarding the new Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland. WooooOOOOOoooo.


Two page version:

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And now here’s a longer 4 page version.

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Some fun, huh?



All right, here are the last of the props. I really love the style of these reference photos. Props Ref 2017-09-22-0018.jpg

One of the reasons I like this time period is because the gadgets were BIG! Today you can blow up the world with the touch of a button, but back in the mid-30’s you had to use giant switches!! Check out the humongous wachamacallit. Props Ref 2017-09-22-0019.jpg Props Ref 2017-09-22-0020.jpg

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Some radios to listen to “Danger Woman” on. Props Ref 2017-09-22-0022.jpg Props Ref 2017-09-22-0023.jpg

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I remember vacuums like these. Indestructible!!! Props Ref 2017-09-22-0025.jpg

Some brilliant Cape Suzette gizmos. (Artist unknown.) Props Ref 2017-09-22-0026.jpg

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That’s it for the props, folks. Next up… CITY REFERENCE!





Animation Autographs

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. Here’s the cover of that zine.

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At that time I was a Lieutenant JG in the Navy, stationed at the Pentagon… a full year before I knew I’d be working at Disney. But I was a big toon buff even then. 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 legends in Los Angeles, so I managed to pick up a few more autographs for my magazine. Thought you might like to take a peek. Enjoy.

Here’s Chuck’s signature from 1975. I heard Chuck speak at the Kennedy Center in 1975.

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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.) He sat just a couple of offices away from me. (

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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!

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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”!) I was doing THE GUMMI BEARS then, and Bill Scott played Gruffi Gummi, and June Foray played Grammi Gummi. Here are their signatures.

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Do you think this magazine is worth more than a buck and a half now?  🙂   (Naw, I’d never part with it.)


D23 EXPO – Part 2

Howdy, folks. Golly, so much has happened since Part 1! I’ve gone to Europe for two weeks of teaching, and then an anniversary trip to Vegas, and then a nap or two. So exciting!

So where was I?  Oh, yeah.  Pre-show. So we panelists and the dancers were taken down a back corridor to Stage 23 to scope out the venue. Unfortunately, the venue wasn’t ready for us, so we milled about for a couple minutes – and I got to take some candids. (You can see several of them in Part 1.) Here’s Tevin Campbell, chatting with a staff member.

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Bill Farmer’s wife, Jenny, had a special Goofy arrangement of flowers for the event.

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Smile, durn ya!

Then we filed into the auditorium. It was big and impressive. It held 900 seats! And behind the stage was a huge screen on which amazing images would soon be projected. It was all very exciting, and I couldn’t wait for the show to start. This event has been 20 years in the making, ya know! However, we soon had to vacate the premises so that the audience could enter – and off we went again to the “green room.”

After some more waiting, we were all finally summoned to the auditorium for the panel. Show time. The excitement was palpable, especially when we entered backstage and got a glimpse of the full auditorium. Packed! Noisy! I couldn’t stop grinning. You have to understand, there’s no such adulation and joy when you’re sitting alone in an office typing your umpteenth draft of a script. And even watching A GOOFY MOVIE in a general theater doesn’t have the same impact as nearly a thousand bubbling fans. I knew this was going to be once-in-a-lifetime event.

We panelists stood in a circle and put our hands in the middle like a sports team. “One – two – three – GOOFY!”

Then the moderator, DON HAHN took the stage. Now Don is no slouch. He produced Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, Hunchback, and Atlantis to name a few. So to have him moderate this event is a testament to how much he enjoys AGM. He did a terrific job and was very funny, to boot, mentioning both the joy and pathos of the film. Note this very sad scene from the film.

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Since the script is the beginning of the production food chain, Don introduced me first. I climbed onto the stage, and the crowd applauded wildly. Writers don’t usually get this treatment! I looked up, and there was my face was plastered on the big screen – a shock I must tell you. Check out this photo. Yeeek!

Gad. Is that what Titanic ran into?

Gad. Is that what Titanic ran into?

I took my seat, and one by one the other panelists were introduced. Jenna Von Oy (who I had never met before), Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Jason Marden, and Bill Farmer all came onstage to thunderous applause.

I don’t have to actually describe the proceedings, because you can watch the full-hour panel on YouTube.  But I will show you what it looked like from my point of view on stage.

A bank of monitors, a timer, and a sea of faces.

A bank of monitors, a timer, and a sea of faces.

Here’s Don introducing Rob Paulsen.

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And, of course, the obligatory selfie… with Jenna and Rob.

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So that’s all for today.  Part 3 soon!!!