Episode 106 – Bob Gurr, Part 2

Bob Gurr & Randy CraneIn this episode we conclude my much-delayed interview with Imagineer Bob Gurr. In part 1, we talked quite a bit about some of his memories of Walt Disney as well as his work on Disneyland, including clearing up some confusion about some specific terms. Towards the end of that first half we started talking in more depth about his work after Disney, as Gurr Design.

In this episode, Bob talks about…

  • Whether he has an estimated life span for attractions when he works on or builds them, using the Monorail as an example
  • A bit about the short-lived Viewliner attraction at Disneyland
  • Whether there’s a difference in how he designs one-shot pieces or attractions versus ones that are supposed to last a long time
  • The flying saucer he created for the 1984 Olympics
  • The lighting rig for Michael Jackson’s “Victory” Tour
  • A very little bit about his work on the interior of President Eisenhower’s aircraft
  • Being a glider pilot for 50 years
  • Whether he’s afraid of heights
  • Some of the interesting little projects he got to work on over the years that he doesn’t usually get to talk about
  • What he learned about himself and how to approach these challenges and how they shaped him personally and professionally
  • The one job he bid on and got that didn’t turn out as planned
  • His thoughts on how to help kids be more engaged in learning
  • How to help a child use the interests they have to learn the things they need to know
  • What he never gets asked that he wishes people would ask him
  • What inspires him
  • His advice to you for following your dreams—it’s unlike anything any of my guests have shared before
  • How to develop your curiosity
  • Shameless Plug Time

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Episode 105 – Bob Gurr, Part 1

Bob Gurr & Randy CraneIn this episode I finally get to share an interview with you that began many months ago. In March of 2015, just a few days before my daughter was born, I interviewed Disney Legend and Imagineer Bob Gurr by Skype video. Unfortunately, the video stopped recording about 1/3 of the way through, but I didn’t know it until we were all done. Fortunately, Bob was very understanding about the technical issue and was willing to re-record. Of course, my daughter was born less than a week later, and that put all the podcasting stuff completely on hold for a while. Long story short—if it’s not too late for that—we finally had a chance to do that re-recording in early December, and now I’m sharing part 1 with you!

In this episode, Bob talks about…

  • How he got started working for Disney and what he did at first
  • The first time he met Walt Disney
  • Walt’s lack of formality and the way he talked to people
  • The “bad word” I said, and Bob’s correction of me
  • The way projects got started and were developed
  • How they knew when they were done—or done enough—with a project
  • How he became involved in the Matterhorn Bobsleds development and some of what he did on it
  • The place of the Matterhorn in history, and how it came to be
  • Omnimover—the ride system used in the Haunted Mansion, for example—and it being an overused term
  • The difference between an Animatronic and an Audio Animatronic
  • The first time he realized they were doing something really special
  • What he loved most about what he did working for Disney
  • A preview of a Bob Gurr documentary coming out in 2016
  • The first project he had as Gurr Design after he was no longer working for Disney in 1981
  • Some of the jobs that first one led to, like a 24-foot dragon for Universal Studios’ Conan the Barbarian show and a 30-foot tall King Kong
  • How you get the job for these out-there requests
  • Whether he’s taken any jobs that were more than he could handle
  • If he’s ever disappointed when  an attraction he’s designed closes

 

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Episode 104 – Jim Korkis, Part 2

Jim KorkisIn this episode we conclude our interview with returning guest on the show, Disney historian and author Jim Korkis. In part 1 we talked a lot about Walt Disney’s early Christmases and I hope you enjoyed learning about his childhood and some pivotal moments & gifts during it.

 

On the weekend of January 15-17, 2016, I will run 22.4 miles for Team Muscle Makers for Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. Yes, I’m running a 5K, a 10K, and a Half Marathon, all in support of this important cause, but I need your support to help them! Please watch the video below to see wat I’m offering as a thank you gift, then go to http://storiesofthemagic.com/tmm to donate! My fundraising deadline is the end of the year, so this is my last chance to get your help and give you this special gift!

In this episode, Jim talks about…

  • His favorite Disney-related Christmas gift
  • How the Disney company came to sell animation cells
  • The Winnie the Pooh for President campaign
  • What he considers his greatest Christmas gift overall
  • A Christmas story about Song of the South and Disney animator Floyd Norman
  • The Beauty and the Beast Christmas comic strip
  • Some Christmas exhibits and attractions at Walt Disney World that are now gone
  • Speculation on where, if anywhere, the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights may relocate to
  • How Disney measures the Orlando parks—full-day or half-day—and why
  • Unexpected hits—both movies and theme park attractions
  • A huge problem for Disney historians
  • Ways Disney has affected the culture that most people don’t realize
  • What inspires him
  • His advice to you for following your dreams
  • A hint about a new book he has coming out soon, and how it will help you
  • Shameless Plug Time

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Episode 103 – Jim Korkis, Part 1

 

Jim KorkisIn this episode we have a returning guest on the show, Disney historian and author Jim Korkis is back for a 2-part interview. I introduce him much more in the interview intro, so let me give you a preview of what we’re going to cover and then we’ll dive on in!

 

On the weekend of January 15-17, 2016, I will run 22.4 miles for Team Muscle Makers for Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. Yes, I’m running a 5K, a 10K, and a Half Marathon, all in support of this important cause, but I need your support to help them! Please watch the video below to see wat I’m offering as a thank you gift, then go to http://storiesofthemagic.com/tmm to donate!

 

 

In this episode, Jim talks about…

  • Some of the practical jokes Disney animators used to play on each other
  • Why December was generally such a good month for the Disney family
  • Why Walt’s brother Roy is such an underrated member of the family
  • What it was like for Walt as a kid having his birthday so close to Christmas, and more about his early Christmases [this part has a little bit about Santa that you may want to skip if you have little ears listening, about 13 minutes in to the interview section for 6 minutes]
  • One of the most difficult things for Tom Hanks when it came to portraying Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks
  • Why Walt’s intended Christmas scene for Bambi didn’t make it into the film
  • Disney Christmas comic strips
  • The gift Walt got as an early teenager that transformed his entire life
  • An animated Christmas cartoon where Walt voiced a character
  • Some favorite Christmas gifts Jim and I got over the years

 

 

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Episode 102 – Jeff Barnes (Dr. Disneyland), Part 2

Jeff Barnes

In this episode we conclude our interview with Dr. Jeff Barnes, author of The Wisdom of Walt Disney: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland): Success Strategies for Everyone, recorded live at Disneyland! In Part 1, Jeff shared how he became interested in Disneyland, why the book needed to be written, whether he’s a left- or right-tunnel person, being diagnosed with a brain tumor and how it affected his dream, and much, much more.

 

On the weekend of January 15-17, 2016, I will run 22.4 miles for Team Muscle Makers for Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. Yes, I’m running a 5K, a 10K, and a Half Marathon, all in support of this important cause, but I need your support to help them! Please listen to the details in the episode, then go to http://storiesofthemagic.com/tmm to donate!

In this episode, Jeff talks about…

  • Whether he had to do any extra research for the book beyond what he did for his class
  • Why he doesn’t cite sources more specifically than he does, including only a reading list and not actual page numbers for quotations
  • What kept him motivated through the book-writing process
  • The target audiences he had in mind for the book
  • Who he did not expect to be a target audience for the book
  • What his plans are for future books, including the one he’s already started on
  • More about the History of Disneyland class he teaches
  • Whether Disneyland loses anything if you don’t have a memory of a first visit
  • His favorite land at Disneyland
  • Whether he’s ever considered working at Disneyland, and if so, doing what
  • If he could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be
  • What he never gets asked that he wishes people would ask him
  • What inspires him
  • His advice to you for following your dreams
  • Shameless Plug Time

 

10420201_818395558241963_4969005857706654186_nFind Jeff:

 

 

Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

Tales from the Mouse House

 

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

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