Dec. 2nd Walt Disney Day

December 2nd Walt Disney Day

Walt Disney was born In 1901, he became an artist and creator after returning from service in the Red Cross during World War 1. There is little doubt that he founded the worlds largest entertainment industry when he created Mickey Mouse. His dynasty was known as the “Happiest Place on Earth” and may still be but it is definitely different than what he started. Is it better or worse, well you be the judge of that. There is no doubt that he set out to make the world better place for everyone and he succeeded. He suffered for his art, struggled against the odds and prevailed. We honor his memory the first Monday of December.

How to celebrate – Read more about Walt Disney’s life. Visit one of Disney’s parks. Watch his original works on you tube.

June 9th National Donald Duck Day

One of Disney’s most beloved characters made his first appearance on June 9th, 1934… Donald Fauntleroy Duck, “The Wise Hen” episode. Mickey obviously needed some company. I am sure Walt felt this new character would ‘quack’ everyone up, and he did. If you think about most of Disney’s characters, originally, they were creatures not often thought of as friendly household creatures. Mice and duck were never animals that you kept in your house as a pet. (Well, almost never) There is some irony that over the years we have invited them in our homes weekly via the television.

How to celebrate – Go to Disneyland or Disney World. Watch “The Wise Hen”. See how many of Donald’s relatives you can list without looking them up.

May 7th National Tourism Day

Much of the world’s economy is generated by tourism. The idea of visiting some exotic place, some beautiful setting, or some exciting culture appeals to nearly everyone in the world. American’s go to Europe, Europeans come to America, and who doesn’t want to go to Disney!?! Those tourists help pay for local roads, generate jobs, and make life better for nearly everyone. Yes, they can drive annoyingly and sometimes we can’t understand what they are saying but we probably do the same to them when we visit their countries. So today we celebrate tourists no matter where they are or who they are. Be sure to treat them nicely!

How to celebrate – Be nice to tourists. Become a tourist yourself. Learn what tourism brings to your area.

January 22nd National Polka Dot Day

Jan. 22nd National Polka-dot Day

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I could not find any real history of when the polka-dot came into being. It was probably right after some painter dribbled their paint on their smock! The polka-dot became very popular after Minnie Mouse appeared on the scene in 1928.

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Today you find them everywhere! It’s not like you can really miss them! Flamenco dancers did wear polka-dots in 1867 and in 1962 DC made a hero named Polka-dot Man! He never stood a chance.

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How to celebrate – Find something polka-dot to wear. Find a copy of Polka-dot Man! Count how many polka-dot outfits you see today.

June 9th National Donald Duck Day

Today, 1934, Donald Duck was created. Apparently Mickey needed a friend! He first appeared in “The Wise Hen”, a Disney cartoon easily found on YouTube. His look has changed a little over the years but his basic character has stayed pretty much the same.

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Disney was a master at creating characters that we new and entertaining but they nearly all seem to resemble people we know in real life, or at least the characteristics of real people we know. And yet, they still seem to retain the nature of the animals they represent.

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His real name is Donald F. Duck., the F standing for “Fauntleroy”, for which I assume there is some inside joke there we may never know. You could say he was born to be a film and television star. I am sure, his character, has helped make Disney very, very rich.

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He has also been known as Maui Mallard, Frank Duck, Fred, The Duck Avenger, Paperinik, Super Duck and Double Duck! His closest relatives include the Duck Family, Scrooge McDuck, Ludwig Von Duck, Hewy, Dewey and Louie and the Clan McDuck.

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How to celebrate – Watch “The Wise Hen”. Go to Disney World, Disney land and see Donald in person. Enjoy all the Disney characters.

 

June 25th National Log Cabin Day

The only thing the settlers found plenty of when they first arrived in America were trees. Naturally, needing shelter from the cold and storms, they used these trees to build homes for themselves.

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They weren’t very elaborate, the windows had no glass and normally there was a constant breeze blowing through them, but they were home to many and became a part of the American heritage.

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Eventually glass windows were added and the holes were patched up by mud or other materials to keep the wind out. Outhouses were built instead of using the closest tree (Normally not all that close after using them to build the house.) Entire towns grew out of log cabins and some of the most famous American’s were born and raised in these makeshift dwellings.

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Today they can be quite elaborate. In fact, places like Disney’s Fort Wilderness Hotel is built to resemble the log cabins of yesterday but do not leave out a single creature comfort.

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Log Cabin Day was created by Virginia Handy and the Bad Axe Historical Society on June 25th, 1986 to honor a part of American history.

How to celebrate – Build your own log cabin, perhaps out of Lincoln Logs if you can find them. Visit one of the original log cabins, many of which are still standing after a hundred years or more. Visit Disney’s Fort Wilderness.

June 9th National Donald Duck Day

Today is Donald Duck’s birthday, June 9th, 1934. He first appeared in “The Wise Hen” as a counter for Mickey Mouse. (Can’t really say he is an enemy because they are friends). Drawn by Al Taliaferro, Carl Banks and Dona Rosa originally with Clarence Nash being the original voice (Currently being done by Tony Anseimo).

Donald has several personalities captured in several characters. Known also as Maui Duck, Frank Duck, Fred, Duck Avenger, Paperinik (In Italy), Super Duck (In the UK) and Double Duck he is still best known as Donald.

Did you know Donald has a middle name? Donald F. Duck, F. standing for “Fauntleroy”. That gives him a flair of Royalty! (Which I am sure he enjoys) It’s funny how the character and personality given a drawing make them come alive in our eyes. Of course that’s what they are supposed to do and Disney was a master at it.

Even Donald’s relatives have become famous. Daisey Duck – his girlfriend, Uncles Scrooge McDuck, Ludwig Von Drake, Nephews Hewy, Dewey and Louie and family members Clan McDuck. They all have a back story, a life of their own making Donald’s life even more believable.

How to celebrate – Go on You Tube and watch one of Donald’s many videos. Visit Disney World or Disneyland. Do your best Donald impression.