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June 2nd, 2007 Saturday
June 2nd, 2007

Lot's of Changing-of-the-Guard in animation schools in Southern Cal this year. Frank Terry is retiring from the Cal Arts animation department, Dan McGaughlin is stepping down from the chair of the animation branch of the UCLA Film Workshop, and Aubrey Mintz is leaving the Laguna College of Design. Animation students and teachers owe them a debt of gratitude for their stirling job at advancing the art of animation education into the Digital Era, while maintaining the traditions of our ancient toon masters. Bravo and Best of Luck to you all!

Birthdays: The Marquis DeSade, Martha Custis Washington, Thomas Hardy, Hedda Hopper, Sir Edward Elgar, Johnny Weismuller, Charlie Watts, Lotte Reinniger Marvin Hamlisch, Barry Levinson, Jon Peters, Dana Carvey, Garo Yepremian, Jerry Mathers the Beaver of the old t.v. show Leave it to Beaver is 63, Dayvid Haysbert, Lasse Halstrom,
Lotte Reinniger creator of the first animated feature film the Adventures of Prince Achmed, Disney animation story artist Dick Huemer - There is a nice website for Huemer done by his family

1886- President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony. She was the daughter of his former law partner and Cleveland became her legal guardian after his death. Despite her being half his age and his earlier reputation for fathering children out of wedlock, they were much in love and she especially charmed the American public. At age 21 she became the youngest woman to ever be the First Lady. Songs were written for her and their first baby was honored with a candy bar- the Baby Ruth.
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1896- Gugielmo Marconi took out a patent on wireless broadcasting - radio. At the time his device could be heard from almost 12 miles away !

1920- Eugene O’Neill won a Pulitzer Prize for his first play Beyond the Horizon.

1928 - Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft.

1932- The Screen Publicists Guild formed

1940-Will Eisner's "The Spirit" comic first appears.

1958- An L.A. referendum allowed the county to buy Chavez Ravine from its inhabitants to build Dodger Baseball Stadium.

1961- Humorist writer George F. Kaufman died. He wanted put on his headstone: "Over My Dead Body!"

1973- London animator Richard Williams closed down his Soho studio for a month so his staff could be lectured by Disney legend Art Babbitt. The notes from these lectures have been xeroxed and rexeroxed and have become the most famous unpublished animation manual of all time.