Episode 090 – Don Morin, Part 2

 

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In this episode, we conclude our 2-part interview with Don Morin, founder of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. In part 1, we talked about his interest in Disney, background of the PNW Mouse Meet, what makes it unique, and much more. This time we’ll peek into the future, find out his advice to you for following your dreams, and get some great stories.

 

Before we begin, I am again bringing you a special request. For the D23 Expo in August, there were a flood of new media applications, and Disney seriously tightened the availability of the credentials. So, for whatever reason, I didn’t get approved for a media credential. Really, all I needed it for 2 years ago was admission, I didn’t do much—and didn’t provide anything for you, the listeners—that required it. I expect the same would be true this year.

What that means is, if you’d like to hear reports, see pictures and video, and more with a Stories of the Magic twist, I need your help to go! All I really need is about $80 more. Many thanks to Lynn for your support. You’ve got me part of the way there, but I still need some more help! I can handle the rest. If you can help at all, please PayPal me whatever you’re willing and able to support me with using podcast@storiesofthemagic.com as the receiving address. If just 16 people contribute $5 we’re there! Can you do $5? For everyone who contributes, I will publicly thank you on the show, and if you have something special you’d like to see coverage of, I’ll do my best to fulfill your request!

 

In this episode, Don talks about…

  • How he balances his “real job” with his Mouse Meet activities, planning, and preparation;
  • What the moment when the doors open the first time in the morning is like;
  • Witnessing very special moments for guests—including one extraordinarily special one;
  • What else people will experience besides the guest speakers and games;
  • Dole Whips at the Meet;
  • Whether they have any plans to expand to a second day;
  • More about this year’s Mouse Meet, including the speaker line-up;
  • What’s coming for the future;
  • What inspires him;
  • If he could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what he would do—you may be surprised;
  • His advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Something Margaret Kerry told him to encourage him before the first PNW Mouse Meet;
  • A shout-out to Don’s volunteer team;
  • Shameless Plug Time.


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Episode 089 – Don Morin, Part 1

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In this episode, we begin a 2-part interview with Don Morin, founder of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet. I’ll tell you more about him and what that is in the official introduction to the interview, but if you’ve ever wondered how someone goes from fan to creator of a fan convention, or how those are put together, you’re definitely going to want to stick around for this.

 

Before we begin, I have a special request. For the D23 Expo in August, there were a flood of new media applications, and Disney seriously tightened the availability of the credentials. So, for whatever reason, I didn’t get approved for a media credential. Really, all I needed it for 2 years ago was admission, I didn’t do much—and didn’t provide anything for you, the listeners—that required it. I expect the same would be true this year.

What that means is, if you’d like to hear reports, see pictures and video, and more with a Stories of the Magic twist, I need your help to go! All I really need is about $100. I can handle the rest. If you can help at all, please PayPal me whatever you’re willing and able to support me with using podcast@storiesofthemagic.com as the receiving address. For everyone who contributes, I will publicly thank you on the show, and if you have something special you’d like to see coverage of, I’ll do my best to fulfill your request!

 

In this episode, Don talks about…

  • How he became interested in Disney;
  • Why he created the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet;
  • How he created it;
  • The PNW Mouse Meet’s first keynote speaker—she’s a recent Stories of the Magic guest;
  • Building it year after year;
  • What makes the Mouse Meet unique among conventions;
  • Some of the games they play;
  • Whether he had any trouble getting the first guests;
  • Who he’s wanted to have as a guest and didn’t think it would happen, but they asked anyway and got a yes;
  • Spending time with the featured guests outside of the Meet;
  • Dream guests that he hasn’t got yet;
  • What Disney thinks of Don and the PNW Mouse Meet.


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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 088 – Tom Ameen, Part 2

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In this episode, we conclude my interview with pianist and composer/arranger Tom Ameen. In part 1, we talked about his love of music, his love of Disney, arranging music, choosing songs for his albums and more.

In this episode, Tom talks about…

  • The one song that made it to an album that he didn’t know before including it;
  • Whether he’s had to leave any out that he really would have liked to have included;
  • His favorite song on each of his Disney albums;
  • Whether it’s easier or more difficult to arrange songs that are already close to his usual style;
  • The song that most captures his heart;
  • If he could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why;
  • What sets Disney theme parks apart;
  • What he loves most about what he does;
  • What he never gets asked that he wishes people would ask him—and then we talk about his love of animals and about video games for a bit;
  • Looking forward to the upcoming Star Wars movie;
  • What inspires him;
  • His practical advice to you for following your dreams;
  • Shameless Plug Time.


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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 087 – Tom Ameen, Part 1

 

Tom AmeenIn this episode, we welcome pianist and composer/arranger Tom Ameen. Tom’s renditions of some of your favorite songs from Disney theme parks and movies are interesting and beautiful, and it was a treat to get to talk to him. He clearly loves Disney and is a gifted musician, which I think made for a great conversation.

Now, in this episode, Tom talks about…

  • Where his love for music came from;
  • Becoming more aware of and attuned to music in Walt Disney World;
  • Learning songs by ear early on;
  • “Candle on the Water” and “Someone’s Waiting for You” aren’t on any of his Disney albums so far;
  • How much practice he puts in and what form it takes—at the beginning and now;
  • Learning the rules before you can break them;
  • Some of the non-Disney CDs he’s recorded—most of his albums are original songs and compositions;
  • How he got started doing arranging;
  • Arranging for Jim Brickman;
  • What he drew on to start working on his Disney cover songs;
  • Whether creating the Disney songs was different than what he’d done before, or if it was a natural progression;
  • What the process of arranging music is like for him;
  • If there are any songs he’s tried to arrange for an album that just didn’t work like he wanted it to;
  • Getting clearance to use the Disney music;
  • How he chose which songs were going to go on the Disney albums.


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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 086 – Margaret Kerry, Part 2

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In this episode, we conclude my interview with Margaret Kerry. Again, most Disney fans will know Margaret as the original live-action reference model for Tinker Bell, but there is so much more to her than that! In part 1 we talked about how she became Tink, some insight into who Tink really is, her memories of Walt Disney, and more.

 

Now, in this episode, Margaret talks about…

  • Some of Marc Davis’s fine art work;
  • Being the voice of one of the redheaded mermaids in Peter Pan;
  • June Foray;
  • Getting into voiceover work;
  • A salute to Hal Smith—a pretty funny story;
  • Finding her birth family 50 years after she was adopted;
  • Tinker Bell is Irish!;
  • Her favorite place in the world;
  • Her second favorite dialect to do (behind Irish);
  • A quick story about her being a literalist;
  • Continental dialects;
  • Her upcoming book, Tinker Bell Talks: Tales of a Pixie Dusted Life;
  • A sneak preview at one of her stories from the book;
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why;
  • What she never gets asked that she wishes people would ask her;
  • Faith, trust, and pixie dust;
  • What inspires her;
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams;
  • The importance of joining Toastmasters;
  • A rather non-traditional Shameless Plug Time.


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I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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