Sunday, August 14, 2016

Walt Disney Inspires Us All

August 14, 2016
   Wyatt Earp lived here, as did Maynard Dixon and Edsel Ford Fong. That's enough to make me a fan of San Francisco. It's a cool town, in more ways than one. I'm wearing a sweatshirt and it's nippy—in August!

   Kathy and I took the bus out to the Presidio, this morning, to see the Walt Disney Family Museum. Excellent presentation on his long, and surprisingly dymanic career.

BBB and Walt Disney comparing notes

   Taking in the various episodes of his life, I totally related to his compadres and their search for the sweet spot:

Walt Disney (center) and The Boys

      The displays and the animation are just the best. No surprise here.

Walt Disney Family Museum display

   Just a wonderful example of the power of imagination. And, speaking of imagination, here's another snippet of the great stuff I saw at the Jewish Museum yesterday on Stanley Kubrick:

Storyboarding for "Spartacus"

   And there's more to be learned by the xerox repetition of Andy Warhol:

"Liz Taylor In National Velvet" by Andy Warhol

Not to mention, the tonal variance underneath the Drill Instructor hat of a Marine DI:

Marine Corp poster from "Full Metal Jacket"

   Or, say, the simplicity of a movie poster:

Movie poster for "Barry Lyndon"

   A young kid at the Beat Museum, named Niko, recommended a book, "Neal Cassady Collected Letters, 1944-1967" and i'm reading it here on the third floor of an 1890s girl's boarding school—turned boutique hotel—at the top of Nob Hill. The book contains much insight into the song, "The Rambler," the TV show "Route 66" and all things James Dean. Of course, Neal inspired, first and foremost, this cat:

Jack Kerouac

"Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union."
—Joseph Stalin

1 comment:

  1. Just happened to have watched Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey, fabulous.


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