Saturday, October 25, 2008

800th Post: It All Began With A Clown

Today is my 800th post. It is only fitting that in honor of my first post (June 4, 2006), which featured this Clown, that I zoom in for a closeup.

I have had two readers (the first being Patrick from "Stuff From The Park" blog) comment that the Clown is Chucko the Clown, a staple of Los Angeles TV during the 50's and 60's. As you can see from the Viewmaster Reel image below, the same clown can be seen as part of the Mickey Mouse Club Circus. Richard from The Viewliner Limited Blog has chimed in that it’s actually just an MMCC performer, and not Chucko. In addition, I have had a rather nasty comment left on the blog by a rude man claiming to be Chucko's son (Randy), threatening legal action if I don't remove Chucko's name from the image. He obviously woke up on the wrong side of the bed or else just enjoys pissing in people's Cheerios (as the saying goes). I have no idea if it is Chucko or just a performer with the MMCC Circus. Quite frankly, I don't give a crap who it is, and most people don't even know who the hell Chucko is anymore anyway. So, I'll just leave it up to you the reader to decide.

Back on my first post, I didn't really have much sense of the history and other things that were a part of the vintage Disneyland-mania that has spawned a hundred or more blogs since Patrick at Stuff from the Park published his first entry back in December 2005. Since I have begun blogging about Disneyland and creating the page on my website that has exploded into its own beast, I have had the pleasure and honor of meeting a number of other Disney fans, admirers, cast members, and guests who were at the park during its formative years. Although there are many times that I think “Why the heck do I spend so much time and money on this stuff?!?”, there are just as many (if not more) times that I smile from the experiences that my blog and website have provided. For Ted & Tuija. I had corresponded with Ted for many months and finally got to meet the two of them at the park. I love the fact that they use "Wall-E" as a sort of benchmark to guage how they will get along with people. Unconsciously, I do the same thing with Disneyland. If people don’t “get it,” then I either try to take them there personally or just file them into a different category of friendship (the one marked: Needs to lighten up and enjoy life!). Here they are in front of Walt’s apartment above the Fire Department.

Meet Mike & Juli, a fun couple united through their love of all things Disney. I met them because of my blog, and they have been way cool about sharing their collection and stories with me to post on my site.

Surely all you Disney fanatics have heard of Don DeFore‘s Silver Banjo Barbecue. Thanks to my site, I had the opportunity to meet Don‘s two sons, Dave & Ron, who were more than kind in sharing their stories, photos, and time with me. Here I am with the DeFore brothers outside of the original location of the Banjo, with two other Disneyland fanatics that I've had the pleasure to meet, John & Lannie.

The DeFore brothers had the good fortune of being at Disneyland on Opening Day, and riding in the Autopia Cars down Main Street. Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

One of the treasures that Ron has recently unearthed is this personally signed thank you letter from Walt himself:

And I couldn’t forget Carlene. What a treasure! I don’t know where she gets her energy from, but her enthusiam for Disneyland is incredible. Thanks to her, many of the original cast members of the Golden Horseshoe were reunited last March in a rousing tribute at the Anaheim Sheraton. Carlene’s grandfather took many historic photos of the park being built.

There are many that I have left out that began as email correspondents and then became friends. The blogging community is fantastic; extremely supportive and also very informative. The amount of knowledge out there astounds me on the subject of Disneyland. Walt sure knew what he was doing over 50 years ago, and it still strikes a chord with people today. Most of all though, I want to give thanks to Patrick at Stuff From the Park for starting it all.

See more vintage & current Disneyland photos at my regular website.


Matterhorn1959 said...

Dave- congrats on your 800th post and you are making me blush!

CoxPilot said...

No Dave, thank YOU!

Someday I may be able to revisit Disneyland again, but living on the opposite coast makes it difficult. So, we do the next best thing . . Walt Disney World & the Disney Wonder. However; you have kept the memory alive in me, and it's wonderful.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Congratulations Dave, now where are the next 800???? Your blog and website inspired me to do my own blog, and like you, I've learned a lot and met a bunch of great people. Keep up the great work! Hey, when are you going to be at the "park" next?

Major Pepperidge said...

Great post Dave, and congratulations on your 800th! Something tells me that Vintage Disneyland Tickets asked about your next 800 because he knows how crazy that will make you, just thinking about it!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the hard work! You've made many people smile at the memories you've rekindled.

The Viewliner Limited said...

Congratulations Dave. Looking forward to many more and have appreciate them all, Richard.

Chris Jepsen said...

Kudos on 800 great posts, Dave! I wouldn't think of missing a single one. Keep up the great work!

outsidetheberm said...

All your efforts are certainly appreciated. You guys that post on a daily basis are doing phenomenal work. How do you do it?

Thank you.

Daveland said...

Thanks all for the great comments - that lets me know that it's worth posting this stuff! Let's hope my collection holds out for another 800!

TokyoMagic! said...

I can't express just how much your work is appreciated, Dave! Congratulations on your 800th post...and here's to your next 800!

Anonymous said...

Dave --

My congratulations on your 800th! Your treasures have been the highlight of many a day for this homesick DL fan...

But I can't help wondering if that is Chucko in the photo, only because the clown make-up is decidedly different from Chucko's TV look (I was a fan back in the day, and saw him a couple times in live appearances), and he is not wearing his trademark 'merry-go-round-hat' that he would spin to introduce cartoons on his show.

We know DL had generic clowns in the park in its infancy, so it's certainly possible that Chucko worked the Park in a different get-up... but (while they are certainly the same type of clown) the one pictured doesn't resemble the dozens of Chucko photos I've found on Google Photos.

In any event -- keep up the outstanding work!

Unknown said...

What a landmark!

Congratulations. I am happy to call you a friend!

You never cease to amaze me with your generosity and excitement about all things Disneyland.

Anonymous said...

A visit to Daveland is a must on my daily Disneyland blog visits. Thank you for being so generous with your classic Disney images. Happy 800!

pixiegirltink said...

Dave, I'm sorry this is so late ~ Congratulations on your 800th post! You've put together an excellent blog and you never cease to amaze me with all the great photos. I also feel blessed to have met you, and to share a special Disney bond! You are a great guy and I wish you continued success and at least 800 more posts.

:) Love, Lannie

Peter VINCENT said...

Congratulations Dave on #800. But the thanks all belongs to you for sharing your wonderful passion for all things Disney with all of us. Great job.

Peter Vincent