Friday, May 15, 2015

The Mouse Castle Lounge 05-15-2015 - Saving Walt's Garage with Bob Bowman

By Tim Callaway

Walt Disney's Garage
Walt Disney's Garage
At the Stanley Ranch Museum and Historical Village in Garden Grove, California, there is a small garage where Walt Disney humbly began what would become his first animation studio in California. How the garage was relocated there from the North Hollywood property once owned by Walt’s Uncle Robert is the subject of Arthur Adler’s book Walt Disney’s Garage of Dreams. It recounts not only the history of the structure, but also Art’s determined efforts--with a group of sometimes unwilling partners--to honor Walt’s legacy and save the garage for Disney enthusiasts everywhere.

Sadly, Arthur Adler, himself a former Disney employee and a lifetime Disney enthusiast, passed away last year at the age of 82, but not before becoming close friends with the retired vice president of merchandising with Walt Disney Attractions, Bob Bowman. Bob spent 25 years at Disney and wrote the Foreward for Art’s book. Bob also contributed a chapter detailing his own experiences with the Mouse. In the Lounge today, Bob talks about his friendship with Art, his own long career with Disney, and the passion of one man to preserve a seminal piece of Disney history. Bob Bowman is my guest today in The Mouse Castle Lounge.

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