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Was Walt Disney Frozen?

Was Walt Disney Frozen?

There are so many storm headlines today including, “Monster storm to blast East Coast before polar vortex uncorks tremendous cold late this week”.  Which made me think of poor Walt Disney.  Remember that rumor that Walt Disney arranged to have himself frozen in a cryogenic chamber full of liquid nitrogen upon his death, and he now awaits the day when medical technology makes his re-animation possible?    If you think you are cold, think how cold it would be to be in a changer full of liquid nitrogen!

Of course, this rumor is not true.  Walt Disney passed away due to lung cancer on December 17, 1966.   He was cremated and buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale California.  Walt Disney was very private about his personal life and this privacy extended to his death.  Disney’s lifelong interest in the future, projects such as his EPCOT Center (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) and the technical innovations for which he was known throughout his career would no doubt have lent the rumor a certain air of truth, while a Time magazine article about the cryonic freezing of a 73-year-old psychology professor, published just two months after Disney’s death, would have helped lend it weight.

The rumor has been repeatedly denied by various sources since that time, including by Disney’s daughter, Diane.  There are signed legal documents that indicate Disney was in fact cremated and that his remains are interred in a marked plot (for which his estate paid $40,000) at Forest Lawn, the exact location of which is a matter of public record. Further, by all accounts, Disney was known to be a very private man in life, making the quiet circumstances of his cremation and burial far from suspect.

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What rumors do you hope are spread about you after your death?


Walt’s Birthday

Walt’s Birthday

Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901.   He has made an impact on so many industries, cities, states and countries.  I wonder if he had any idea what Mickey Mouse would become when he drew a simple cartoon.

In honor of Walt Disney’s birthday I am going to remind you of the speech at the opening of Disneyland in 1955. It was the day a dreammaker got to fulfill a personal dream and open his very own theme park. Here’s the dedication speech:

“To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past…and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America…with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

Happy Birthday Walt, you made the world a better place.