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January 16, 2009

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January 15, 2009

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January 13, 2009

Ward Kimball and Groucho Marx

I put this in my links for yesterday, but then I thought it deserved its own post. This video shows Disney animator Ward Kimball on the Groucho Marx game show “You Bet Your Life” in 1954. Ward was one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” his close circle of talented animators that he trusted all of his important films with. Ward started on the early films like Snow White, then became a directing animator for many of the features in the 1940s and 50s. He then moved to the “Disneyland” TV show, directing many of the segments to promote Disneyland park while it was being built.

Ward was also a huge train buff. He came to Carson City several times to ride the V&T, which I’ve written about before, and was so into trains that he built a full-size railroad, with a couple of working steam locomotives, in his backyard. It was his backyard railroad that inspired and encouraged Walt Disney to build a backyard railroad, and that provided the genesis of the idea for Disneyland. Ward kept his railroad operating until his death in 2002.

In his appearance on You Bet Your Life, Ward misses quite a few questions, but there is one he does get right: a question about Pinocchio. That question is so obvious it seems like a plant. It’s like asking Steven Spielberg to name the movie with the killer shark.

Carson Daily Appeal Then And Now

Carson Daily Appeal Then and Now

New Then And Now article today at Around Carson: #39 – Carson Daily Appeal.

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January 12, 2009

Stephen Cysewski, Wandering In Seattle

Crossposted from SeattleHound.


I’ve found a fantastic collection of black and white photos of Seattle, by photographer Stephen Cysewski. The collection is called “Wandering In Seattle.” Some of the photos go back to the 80s, or even the 70s. But there are also some from just the last year or two. Taken together they probably number in the hundreds. But they’re all fantastic, and they show a real eye for the city and its people.

They’re split up into several collections, such as Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, the Waterfront, and some of the surrounding neighborhoods. There’s even a companion Wandering In Seattle blog. It’s definitely worth looking through all of them. Looking at these pictures makes me ache to be a better photographer.

Hat tip to SeattleScape.

A History Of Seattle Snows Exposed

Crossposted from Seattlehound.


Paul Dorpat today brings us an in-depth look at the history of snow in Seattle, going all the way back to the “Big Snow” of 1880 (pictured), and even further back than that. He’s been working on this essay since Christmas Eve, and it shows. In this opus in seven parts he attempts to document every large snowstorm Seattle has enjoyed over its 157 years, while also indulging in several digressions about Thanksgiving turkeys and cherry pie. Just read it. It will make sense.

January 11, 2009

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January 10, 2009

Karate Pickle Grandma

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