Manny P. here…
To celebrate his upcoming birthday, Mickey Mouse is embarking on a trip around the world, where he will make surprise appearances in real-world locations to the delight of his fans and friends. These magical moments chronicling Mickey’s global adventures will be shared on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Facebook page. Following on the popularity of his Facebook page, which has more than 13 million followers, Mickey’s Instagram page will showcase videos and images, including Mickey’s global travels, as well as his appearances in Disney films, television shows, and theme parks.
On Mickey’s birthday, select locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as Disney Stores in the United States, will be distributing commemorative Happy Birthday, Mickey buttons. Disneyland will host a special pre-parade birthday celebration. Also on November 18th, the Disney Channel will air the Emmy-winning new Mickey Mouse shorts throughout the day, and premiere two new cartoon series featuring Mickey.
Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honor of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on November 18th, 1928 at the Colony Theatre in New York City. The title of the film is a parody of the Buster Keaton vehicle, Steamboat Bill Jr. It was the third of Mickey’s films to be produced, but the first to be distributed. Walt Disney, having seen The Jazz Singer, had committed to producing the first fully synchronized sound cartoon. The great success of Steamboat Willie not only led to international fame for Walt, but for Mickey as well. Since then, he has starred in more than 100 cartoons, and can currently be seen on the Disney Channel in his very own animated series.
Wear your ears proud in November…
Famed 1960s anti-war activist Tom Hayden is forever linked with the celebrated Chicago 7 trial, Vietnam War protests, and his ex-wife actress Jane Fonda. A single event galvanized him — the 1968 assassination of his friend, Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Once denounced as a traitor by his detractors, he overcame his past, and won election to the California Assembly and Senate, where he served for almost two decades as a progressive force on such issues as the environment and education. But, in American culture, Hayden remains an enduring symbol of a time when young people took history into their own hands.
In 1971, Tom met Jane Fonda, a relative latecomer to the protest movement. She was a glamorous movie star, and an heiress to a Hollywood dynasty. Both Hayden and Fonda were demonized by the political right after she visited Vietnam and was photographed on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. It took many decades to minimize her Hanoi Jane moniker. With heavy financial support from Fonda, Hayden plunged into California politics in the late 1970s. He formed the Campaign for Economic Democracy and was elected to the Assembly in 1982. They were married for 17 years.
Hayden won election to the state Senate advocating for environmental and educational issues. However, his radical past disturbed conservatives and interfered with his legislative initiatives. He was defeated in a run for the state governorship, and he lost a bid to become mayor of Los Angeles. After leaving public office, Tom wrote and traveled extensively, lecturing, teaching, and speaking out against Iraq and Afghanistan. Hayden acknowledged at the end of his memoir that his time as a counterculture rebel had been the most exciting and fulfilling of his life.
Tom Hayden was 76.
Until next time> “never forget”