My first visit to the Bay Area was magical. I had made a trip north with my parents when I was just a kid. Our arrival in San Francisco was frankly, breathtaking. I had never seen the likes of this before. From this kid’s point of view the city was the most wondrous thing I had ever seen in my young life. The Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and the amazing death defying streets of the city were a far cry from my little home town of Santa Barbara.
Since my kid days I’ve made many trips to the “City.” We began making a pilgrimage of sorts in the nineties when a group of us Disney geeks traveled north every October for Fleet Week. Then, I returned to the Bay Area to take up residence in beautiful San Rafael while working for Pixar Animation Studios on Toy Story2 and Monsters, Inc. Finally, I returned once again to be a part of Diane Disney Miller’s dream, The Walt Disney Family Museum. It would seem that each return to this magical city provided an opportunity to be part of something significant. So, this past weekend our Southwest flight arrived in Oakland so we would be able to take part in celebrating the fifth anniversary of The Walt Disney Family Museum. It’s difficult to believe it’s been five years since this marvelous museum opened its doors. It was also a privilege and an honor to be a part of something so special. To celebrate the life and career of an amazing individual. It was wonderful to gather with so many old friends who were there at the beginning. It was also difficult to deal with the loss of those who gave so much to this amazing project. Diane Disney Miller, whose zeal and determination made this amazing project happen. Then, our dear friend, Bruce Gordon, whose talent and relentless dedication to all things Disney and the steadfastness to never take no for an answer. We’ve lost two important people but their work and dedication will be with us forever.
We’ve had many wonderful weekends in San Francisco but this past weekend will go down in the books as, unforgettable. We gathered with family, friends and dedicated Disney geeks to participate in something very special. Thank you to all our Disney friends and may we continue to celebrate the life of a man who brought so much joy to the world.