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September 16th, 2007

Today the Van Eaton Gallery in Sherman Oaks hosted a wonderful party for the Creative Talent Network, called Disney Heroes of the Imagination, displaying the artwork of the legendary designers Joe Grant, Mel Shaw, Rowland Wilson and Walt Stanchfield.

Joe Grant's drawings of his cockerspaniel Lady was the inspiration for the film Lady and the Tramp

Many of their families were there, as well as Mel Shaw himself. Mel is now in his 90s, and I had not seen him since we hung out in London in 1989 when working on the first designs for Beauty and the Beast.
He lives in the Napa area now, and has his own vineyard that produces high quality altar wine. We had a fine time catching up.

Also seen at the event was John Musker, Don Hahn, Mike Gabriel, George Scribner, Tina Price, Steve and Jeanette Hulett, Mark Kirkland, Lorna Cook, Ed Ghertner, Joe Campana, Thom Enriquez and many more. I wish I had more pictures to share, but the batteries in my camera were feschutz!

Bravo to Mike Van Eaton and his crew for a great time!

for more on the event-

Birthdays: J.C.Penny (James Cash Penny), B.B. King is 82 (originally Rydell King, when a DJ in Memphis his name was Beale St. Blues Boy or B.B.King), Marvin Middlemark 1919-the inventor of the rabbit ears TV antenna; Lauren Bacall is 83, Anne Francis is 77, Linda Darnell, Nadia Boulanger, Alan Funt, George Chakiris is 73, Peter Falk is 80, Mickey Rourke, Ed Begley Jr, Jennifer Tilly is 49, Molly Shannon is 43.

218BC -Estimated date that Hannibal and his Carthaginian army completed their crossing of the Alps and descended into the Po River Valley of Italy. Of 32 elephants only 2 survived the journey.

1498-The Grand Inquisitor Tomas de Torquemada died peacefully. He presided over the torture and execution of up to 17,000 people during the Spanish Inquisition. He also oversaw the expulsion of Jews and Christian Arabs from Spain. Even the Borgias asked him to cool it. The name Torquemada became a synonym for judicial cruelty.

1859- In Old San Francisco California State Senator David Broderick called California Supreme Court Justice David Terry a “pro-slavery crook, knave and poltroon”. The chief justice in a rage challenged Broderick to a duel. They had to reschedule their meeting several times to elude the police but finally met on this date on site near present day Stinson Beach. Broderick's gun discharged prematurely near Terry's feet. Terry, instead of considering honor satisfied and firing wide, took aim and drilled Broderick through the chest, killing him instantly.

1908- General Motors Car Company formed. Calvin Coolidge had once said:" What's good for General Motors is good for the Nation."

1917- TANKS make their first appearance on the Somme battlefield. The inventors wanted them to be called “Land-Battleships” but the British had shipped their secret weapon across the Channel in crates marked "water-Tanks" to fool spies, so the name Tank stuck.

1919- An Austrian ex-corporal named Hitler drifting through Munich today joined a new right wing political party called the German Workers Party, later the National Socialists or Nazis. He also attended meetings of the ultra-nationalist Thule Society. It was a group that espoused racial supremacy and hated of Jews.

1920- FOR THOSE WHO THINK TERRORISM IS A MODERN PROBLEM- On this day anarchists planted a time bomb in a wagonload of scrap iron and parked it in the middle of Wall Street on a busy business lunch hour. The blast killed 38 and injured hundreds, blowing out the ground floor of J.P. Morgan's bank. Bankers described nightmarish scenes like a woman's decapitated head with her stylish bonnet still on, imbedded like a cannonball in a marble inlaid wall by the force of the blast. One of the victims was a sailor named Watson who had survived the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine. He survived this one as well but had to get a steel plate in his head. He eventually went mad. Another man knocked senseless and almost killed was young bank executive Joseph Kennedy Sr., father of the Kennedy Dynasty. The perpetrators were never caught. On 9.11. 2001 the headquarters of Morgan/Stanley were destroyed in the World Trade Center.

1941- CBS Radio premiered the Arkansas Traveler Show. In it bandleader Bob Burns played a strange instrument he called a Bazooka. Later when the US Army issued the first hand-held anti-tank rocket launchers (RPG) to their infantry, the GI’s called the things Bazookas because it resembled Burns instrument.

1949-Happy Birthday Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote! Chuck Jones "Fast and Furrious" the First Road Runner-Coyote cartoon.

1953- The St. Louis Browns Baseball team moved to Baltimore and became the Baltimore Orioles.

1963- The Beatles record “She Loves You- Yeah,Yeah,Yeah.”on the Swan Records label.

1964- The Peter Potamus Show debuted.

1965- The Dean Martin Show premiered on NBC. “Well, Ah think I’m gonna go to da couch now..”

1966- the last LOOK magazine published.

1966- The new Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center had its opening night. A performance of Samuel Barbers Anthony & Cleopatra sung by Leontyne Price and Justino Diaz. It was a near disastrous night because Ms Price got locked in a pyramid for awhile and couldn’t get out.

1969- President Nixon appears on the t.v. comedy "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" and says:"Sock it to Me?"

1983- Arnold Schwarzenegger became a US citizen.

1984- “Miami Vice” tv show debuted.

2003- Sheb Wooley, the composer of the 1951 hit “One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater” and the theme song of the TV show Hee Haw, died in Henderson Tennessee at age 82.