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Walt Disney World: First Time, Last Time, First Time in a Long Time (Fall 2017)


Yes, I was just there less than five months ago, but believe it or not, there are still more than enough Walt Disney World experiences that fit the bill here in my typical trip preview article. If you paid any attention to this year’s Disney convention, called D23, you’re probably pretty aware that the whole Walt Disney World complex is in massive flux. After constant expansion between 1982 (Epcot opened) and 1998 (Animal Kingdom opened), the complex fell into a bit of stagnation for a while. Despite this, you’ll notice that I’ve been able to fill this article pretty well each time I’ve written it over the last few years, and as long as I keep showing up in Orlando over the next five years, I’ll continue to be able to do so. Preparations in hopes of having Walt Disney World in a beautiful and exciting state when the place turns 50 years old in 2021 will see to it.

Come along and we’ll take a look at some of my plans this time around which are unique or new.
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March 17: Happy Birthday Kurt Russell and Rudolph Nureyev


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Kurt Russell celebrates his 66th birthday today.  He began working as a juvenile actor in 1960s television, including starring on a short-lived Western series, The Travels of Jamie McPheeters.  He began to work regularly in features in the seventies, starring in a series of Disney films, most notably the three films featuring Medfield College undergrad Dexter Riley, beginning with The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.

In the late seventies Russell began to break with his Disney image, with an Emmy-nominated performance in the TV movie Elvis, and made an even more decisive break as Snake Plissken in Escape from New York.  By the late eighties and early nineties, Russell was a credible leading man in many genres, including romantic comedy (Overboard), crime thriller (Tequila Sunrise, Unlawful Entry), and even Westerns:

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Gary Sinise: Gary After Gump


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Prior to 1994, Gary Sinese was viewed primarily as a theater guy.  Just when he was getting frustrated with the lack of movie roles, he landed parts in two very successful projects; the TV miniseries based on Stephen King’s The Stand and the Oscar-winning ode to baby boomers, Forrest Gump.  Movieline editor Virginia Campbell interviewed Sinese for the June ’95 issue.

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