Sunday, June 30, 2013

Travelling With Legends and Remembering Annette: My Conversations with Tim O'Day and Paula Sigman Lowery in 'The Mouse Castle Lounge'

It's never a bad thing when you can get Tim O'Day or Paula Sigman Lowery as guests on your podcast. It's my pleasure to welcome both of them in this episode of The Mouse Castle Lounge.

Tim O'Day (r.) with (l. to r.) Jeffrey Sherman, Richard Sherman
and Gregory Sherman
Tim has spent decades working and consulting with Disney as a publicist and marketing specialist, but his beginnings with the company were far more humble. His first introduction to Disney employment was at the age of 13 when he danced as a Roman column in a Disneyland parade. His work since has been a bit more noteworthy, with stints at Disney Consumer Products, Imagineering, the Walt Disney Internet Group and the Disneyland Resort. In fact, Tim was Director of Publicity during Disneyland's highly successful 50th anniversary celebration.

Tim has called many Disney Legends his friends, and in our conversation he talks fondly about composers Alan Menken and Richard Sherman, who will perform on stage together at the D23 Expo in August. He also recalls travelling the U.S. with animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston as they went in search of Americana and the ultimate chocolate chip cookie. It's a fun and entertaining conversation you don't want to miss.

Annette Funicello
Last week, the Walt Disney Studios paid a lasting tribute to Annette Funicello by renaming their Soundstage 1 the Annette Funicello Stage. It was on this stage that the original episodes of The Mickey Mouse Club were shot in the 1950s. An invitation-only ceremony was held at the studio on June 24th to honor the original--and arguably the most beloved--Mouseketeer, who passed away in April after a lengthy battle with Multiple Sclerosis. In attendance were, among others, Bob Iger, Richard Sherman, Frankie Avalon, Leonard Maltin and many of Annette's fellow Mouseketeers. My good friend, writer and historian Paula Sigman Lowery, was there as well and in The Mouse Castle Lounge she shares with me her observations of this touching event. Paula and I also take some time to reflect on what made Annette truly special not only to her family and friends, but to her legion of fans around the world.

It's good fun and fond remembrances in this week's edition of The Mouse Castle Lounge.  Enjoy!

The Mouse Castle Lounge can also be heard on iTunes and Stitcher.

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