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.
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.
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. (https://www.lambiek.net/artists/i/ito_willy.htm)
Just down the hall from Willie sat CAL HOWARD (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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”!) I was doing THE GUMMI BEARS then, and Bill Scott played Gruffi Gummi, and June Foray played Grammi Gummi. Here are their signatures.
Do you think this magazine is worth more than a buck and a half now? 🙂 (Naw, I’d never part with it.)