Walt Disney

QUESTION:  What was Walt Disney's middle name?
A)  Adolph
B)  Edward
C)  Alfred
D)  Elias

The staff of the American Treasure Tour hope to delight our visitors with our wonderful collections that span the twentieth century (dabbling in both the nineteenth and twenty-first as well).  One name that is triggered throughout the tour, though, is that of Walt Disney. Disney not only created the first animated full-length feature film, but he also developed the first modern theme park, effectively creating a worldwide entertainment industry that has only become even more influential since his untimely passing in 1966. Highlighting the addition of our wonderful papier-mache Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs, who joined our tour in October, it seems right to call out the man who changed the way families watch movies and take vacations.

Walt Disney was born in 1901 in Chicago, although the family soon moved to Missouri, where he spent his formative years. He dabbled in drawing as a child, and turn it into more than just a hobby when he got a job for an art studio in Kansas City. When they laid him off, he and his friend Ub Iwerks opened their own studio and manager to make enough money to move to Los Angeles. He was 28 years old when Mickey Mouse first appeared, and his fortunes dramatically changed - he became famous for his short cartoons with the iconic Mickey, as well as other characters. Innovative to the end, he was the first animator who incorporated sound in a cartoon and, of course, the first to make a full-length animated feature.  By 1955, his successes were unparalleled and he went in a new direction, designing what would become the most famous theme park in the world:  Disneyland.  When he died at the age of 65 due to lung cancer from a lifetime of heavy smoking, his legacy was secure, and his name synonymous with entertainment.

ANSWER:  D)  Elias