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In this week's feature, Steven Ng again joins Mark and Mike as he introduces interviews with Steven joins Mark and Mike as he introduces interviews he did with Tony Baxter, Margaret Kerry, Michael Broggie, the NFFC's Anita and Gary Schaengold and MouseStation listener Liana Kilgore.
This week's show was on the long side, as we had lots of audio to fit in, as well as commentary from Mark, Mike and Steven.
Gary gave a quick overview of the NFFC Show & Sale, then talked about the special 25th anniversary celebration of Tokyo Disneyland that the NFFC is putting together.
There are three special meals that the NFFC is putting together, including dinner at the Oceana Buffet at the Miracosta Hotel, and lunch at Tokyo Disneyland's Club 33.
Mark, Mike and Steven got into a discussion about Tokyo Disneyland's Club 33. A good information source for Club 33 is MousePlanet reader and MousePad member Opus1Guy's web site, which also has some information about Tokyo's version of Club 33.
Anita is finally going to get an iPod and start listening to some Disney podcasts!
She's getting a lot more set in her position as VP of Marketing that she was just starting out in when Steven talked to her last year. Anita's looking to do a lot more outreach to the various Disney web sites and podcasts in the upcoming months.
Steven ran into Liana, who has written and called in to the show a number of times, and chatted with her briefly. We'll have a lengthy email from her on Friday's show about the Snow White panel discussion at DCA.
Tony goes to each NFFC Show & Sale trying to find more Disneyland ticket books that he does not yet own. It sounds like an amazing collection. (Though when Disneyland put together the 50th anniversary exhibit in the Main Street Opera House had a ticket collection from the Janzen brothers of "E Ticket" magazine fame.)
Steven remembered when he foolishly converted all of his remaining tickets to passports instead of holding on to them, including a couple of complete booklets. Mark compared it to his grandfather throwing out all of his father's baseball cards, including a mint condition Mickey Mantle rookie card.
Mark again told his story about his memory of negotiating with his father to buy extra tickets on his first trip to Walt Disney World in 1972.
Mike remembered working at Pop Century when a guest brought in some old tickets, including A-E tickets and Epcot opening tickets, and asked where she could convert the tickets. He told her that they were worth more than the conversion value and that she shouldn't turn them in, even though he was tempted to try to buy them from her at a cut-rate price.
Margaret is always a joy to talk to and listen to. She talked about seeing the new Goofy short on How to Hook Up Your Home Theater. She and Steven discussed the short for a while. They then talked about the panel discussion at the El Capitan before the showing of 101 Dalmatians. She was at the event with June Foray, who founded the Annie Awards. We'll have more coverage of this year's Annies on the MousePlanetWatch news show tomorrow.
In talking about the Goofy film afterwards, Mark first noted that he heard about the short from Bill Farmer before his interview with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto last January. He also noted that the short reminded him of Weird Al Yankovic's "Frank's 2,000 Inch TV". (fan video, buy it)
Michael talked a bit about the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society and its commitment to preserving steam trains. He noted that they have events at Walt's railroad barn the third Sunday of each month from 11 am to 3 pm. (It has been relocated from Walt's old house in Holmby Hills to Griffith Park on the grounds of the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum.) Admission and parking are free.
Michael then spoke about his father, Disney Legend Roger Broggie, then talked some more about events that the CPHS will be holding this year.
Mark mentioned that his memory of Michael Broggie that stands out in his mind was when Michael spoke up during the Q&A portion of the 2004 Disney Shareholder Meeting and told Michael Eisner that "for the good of the company, you have to resign."
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