How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life Paperback
Author: Visit Amazon's Pat Williams Page | Language: English | ISBN: 0757302319
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"Ive read every book that has ever been written about Walt Disney, going back to some that were published in the 1930s. [How to Be Like Walt] is by far the most enjoyable to read of them all!" Tim ODay, Disney Scholar
"How to Be Like Walt is a fitting tribute to Walts memory and an important contribution to the Disney legacy . . . Now more than ever, we need people with the qualities Walt had: optimism, imagination, creativity, leadership, integrity, courage, boldness, perseverance, commitment to excellence, reverence for the past, hope for tomorrow, and faith in God." Art Linkletter
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Pat Williams is senior vice president of the Orlando Magic and author of more than 30 successful books, including four books in the How to Be Like series.
Jim Denney is a professional writer who has collaborated with Pat Williams on several books, including How to Be Like Jesus.
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- Series: How to Be Like
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HCI (August 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0757302319
- ISBN-13: 978-0757302312
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Alright, I confess. I wanted to be a jerk. I wanted to be the first person to give this book less than five stars, but I just can't do it. Sure, I could complain. I could say that the material in the second to last chapter should have spread throughout the book so there would be one summary chapter instead of two. Or I could focus on the lack of explanation as to WHY Walt chose to do some of the films he did. Because it sometimes pains me that I have to assume Walt's idea to animate Pinoccho came from reading it as a kid and liking it, without really knowing for sure.
But I can't complain too much, since I realize that this ain't some half-hearted work here. It is a well-researched collection of hundreds of valuable stories. Each story tells us what Walt was like, the kind of things he did, and the kind of things he wanted to do. I was particularly fascinated with his vision of the futuristic city of EPCOT, where pedestrian and car would never touch the same ground, and a giant dome would keep the city's climate forever under control.
Walt's obsessive dream of constructing a new kind of city is just one of many little tidbits of information the book has for anyone not already intimately familiar with his life. I mean, I had no clue that Disney created a popular cartoon BEFORE Mickey Mouse. And I had no idea his company was so often under the strain of severe financial woe. Heck, this book even told me the name of the 19 year old guy who invented electronic TV.
As much as I would have liked to have read about the origin of that hilarious Donald Duck, I wasn't disappointed at all when the book instead brought up the time Walt turned a hat his wife hated into a flower pot and gave it to her for her birthday.
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