January 31, 2013

In Fact It's a Very Cute Story

At long last my copy of Imagineer Rolly Crump's It's Kind of a Cute Story arrived. I was very skeptical as it seemed every review of the book was glowing. I'm here to tell you, what you've read is true. It's one great book! Whether it's Rolly dishing on what he really thinks about Dick Irvine, John Hench, or Tony Baxter, you get the feeling the man is sitting across from you at the local bar, telling stories about his life without caring who knows what. It's a refreshing change from the Walt Disney Company hype and publicity machine that would have you believe all is constantly rosy at the company Walt built. And speaking of Walt Disney, it's safe to say he and Rolly had a real true friendship. Be it working on the Haunted Mansion, the Enchanted Tiki Room, It's a Small World or even EPCOT or Knott's Berry Farm, you get the sense Rolly always carried Walt's philosophy with him. The stories he weaves as told to Jeff Heimbuch are alternately funny, charming, sweet, and ribald. It's a great read... and a very cute story indeed.

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