Who Was Walt Disney?
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Walt Disney always loved to entertain people. Often it got him into trouble. Once he painted pictures with tar on the side of his family?s white house. His family was poor, and the happiest time of his childhood was spent living on a farm in Missouri. His affection for small-town life is reflected in Disneyland Main Streets around the world. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this biography reveals the man behind the magic.
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of cardboard. He put a fake wart on his cheek so he would look like Lincoln. Then he recited the Gettysburg Address for his class. The teacher loved Walt’s act. She asked him to perform it for the other classes. That was fine with Walt. He liked showing off. Walt’s best friend was also named Walt. He liked to perform, too. The two Walts dressed up like the film comedian Charlie Chaplin and his enemy, the Count. They tried out their act in talent contests. One time they won a prize of twenty-five
luck would change. In Chicago, Walt attended McKinley High School. Once again he was bored in all of his classes. The only thing he liked was drawing cartoons for the school newspaper. After a year he dropped out of school. Even though he wasn’t sure what he wanted to be, Walt had faith in himself. He was sure that one day he would be a big success — maybe as a newspaper cartoonist or maybe doing something in show business. At night he took art classes at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He
artists to work with him. Walt turned to his brother Roy for help. Roy was eight years older than Walt. Unlike Walt, Roy was practical. He had a good head for business. So the two formed the Disney Brothers Studio. With a loan from their uncle and some money from their parents, Walt and Roy set up shop in a small office on Kingswell Avenue. Walt bought himself a movie camera, and he persuaded Virginia Davis and her family to move to Hollywood. ROY AND WALT DISNEY At first, Walt did all the
mouse were famous for a day. Walt Disney didn’t know it then. But one day another mouse — one named Mickey — would make him famous all over the world. Chapter 1 The Farm On December 5, 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born in an upstairs bedroom of a two-story cottage on North Tripp Avenue in Chicago. Walt’s father, Elias, had built the house himself. Walt’s mother, Flora, was trained as a teacher. But she gave up a career to raise her five children. She was as friendly and warm as her husband
PEOPLE LIVED AND WORKED. THERE WOULD BE NO CRIME, SLUMS, OR TRAFFIC. AFTER HIS DEATH, THE DISNEY COMPANY DECIDED THAT IT DID NOT WANT TO RUN A CITY, SO THE IDEA FOR EPCOT — WHICH OPENED In 1982 — CHANGED. IT IS A SHOWCASE FOR DIFFERENT CULTURES AND CUSTOMS OF COUNTRIES ALL AROUND THE WORLD. Chapter 11 Final Act Some men slow down as they age, but not Walt Disney. He had too many ideas to quit working. UNISPHERE In 1964 a giant world’s fair was held outside of New York City. Some of the best