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MouseStation 403 - A Tribute to Eddie Carroll

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On today's show, we say a fond farewell to the voice of Jiminy Cricket, who was also noted for his portrayals of Jack Benny. Also, a Magical Moment, this week's Twitter/Facebook poll and some listener feedback.

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Feature: A Tribute to Eddie Carroll

Steven Ng joined us to help pay tribute to Eddie Carroll, voice of Jiminy Cricket and a noted portrayer of Jack Benny. Eddie was a regular guest here at the MouseStation, appearing on Episodes 37 (Talking with Tink and Jiminy), 235 (Tink, Jiminy and the Clown Prince of Disneyland), 322 (Electrical Music, Jiminy and the DCA Detective), 362 (The People Behind the Characters), and 380 (Jiminy Cricket on Jack Benny).

We played a "lost interview" with Eddie, part of Steven's first conversation with him that we didn't use at the time because it was not about Disney.

Mark and Steven talked a bit about Eddie's previous appearances on the show, and Steven talked about is experiences with Eddie at the NFFC and D23 events. Steven also told a story about the photo below.


Eddie Carroll and Steven Ng at the D23 Expo. Photo courtesy of Steven Ng.

Our condolences go out to Eddie's widow, Carolyn, and to the rest of his family and friends.

March of Dimes

MousePlanet readers and MouseStation listeners helped Mark to raise over $3,500 for the March of Dimes this year, with Team MousePlanet as a whole raising over $3,700. Over the last four years, we have raised over $18,000 to help save the lives of babies born prematurely. The donations pages will remain open for a while yet, in case you'd still like to donate. You can go to Mark's fundraising page to sponsor him, Mike's fundraising page to sponsor him, or the Team MousePlanet page to sponsor the team. Help us to provide a better chance to prevent prematurity and to help those babies that are born prematurely, because new parents should take their babies home from the hospital, not to the cemetery.

Magical Moment

This week's Magical Moment came via voicemail from Joey in Tucson, who called to tell us about a Disneyland parking tram driver who provided a memorable trip back to the parking structure. Joey then went on to tell how, after putting in a compliment about the driver at City Hall a couple of days later, he tried to lodge a complaint about a lousy driver named Rex that couldn't get him to Endor. The cast member didn't get that he was talking about Star Tours, and his wife had to pull him out of City Hall.

The story of the tram driver reminded Mark of a tram driver that he and his wife had at Hershey Park back in 1984.

MousePlanet Meet at the Magic Kingdom, May 15!

Will you be at Walt Disney World the third weekend in May, maybe for the D23 Flowers & Fireworks event? Come to the MousePlanet meet at the Magic Kingdom on Saturday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the gazebo just past Aloha Isle in Adventureland! Meet Mark Goldhaber and visit with other MousePlanet readers and MouseStation listeners. We'll have some MousePlanet buttons to hand out, and maybe some hats and classic mini-MouseAdventure packets. If you're attending Flowers & Fireworks, you've got until 5:00 p.m. to check in at the lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, so there's plenty of time to attend the meet and still check in on time.


Here's where the meet will take place. Stop on by! Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Twitter/Facebook poll question

Last week's question, which Mark posted the question on Twitter and Facebook last week, was:

Do you have a favorite Disney video game?

via Facebook:

  • Mine is an older Video Game. The Lion King on Sega Genesis
  • Kingdom Hearts 2
  • I used to be an ace at Duck Tales for Nintendo and I loved that game...boy I feel old.
  • I had some on my Tandy when I was younger that were so much fun, but darn it if I can't remember what any of them were.
  • Got to say I love playing my Toy Story Mania on the Wii!
  • DDR-Disney Mix for PS2 and Toy Story Mania for the Wii. But at the same time, we try to collect as many Disney-based games as possible. Now if I can just get the swing of Kingdom Hearts...
  • Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour for the playstation, very fun racing game themed around several WDW attractions.
  • When we first got playstation one about 10 yrs ago there was a racing game where you could be one of the characters and race each other thru attractions against each other. the attraction's music would play in the background....awesome game we still pull that one out every now and then

via Twitter:

  • DUCKTALES, for the original GameBoy
  • TRON. Duh. ;-)
  • Yep, same. (TRON. Duh. ;-) )
  • Aladdin on the SNES. The Genisis version was crazy hard for me when it came out, but then again I was 9-10 at the time.
  • Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers for the Nintendo. I wish they would release it on the Wii virtual console!
  • My favorite is the classic: Rescue Rangers for the NES! I can't wait for EPIC MICKEY though.

Email:

  • I do have a favorite Disney video game! When I was little I loved to play Mickey Mousecapade on the NES. I keep hoping they'll introduce it on Wii Virtual Ware, but I'm still waiting.

Mark's favorite is the old TRON arcade game.

Mike's favorites are TRON (arcade), Magic Kingdom Adventures (NES), Kingdom Hearts (modern).

Next week's question:

  • If you could make one attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios disappear forever, which would it be?

What do you think?

Listener Feedback

We're not going to read all of the good wishes on our 400th episode, so we'll just say "thank you" to everyone who offered your congratulations, and we hope you're all still with us at 500!

Mark Daniel Martinez wrote on Mark's Facebook page that he likes to batch up his podcast listening, and is over 20-40 episodes behind.

Pat Toohill sent an email asking about a stone marker that he saw in the recreational/support area across the street from Disney's Vero Beach Resort. Mark did some research and found that Fotios Stergiou was a man from Vero Beach who was killed at age 28 in July 1996 as he drive on U.S. Highway 192 near the Osceola/Brevard county line. Stergiou's car went off the road and struck a tree.


Here is the location where Pat found the stone marker. Photo by Pat Toohill.


Here is the marker for Fotios Stergiou that Pat found. Photo by Pat Toohill.

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Wrapping up

We've put together a new listener survey to help us learn more about you and what you like most about this podcast. This one is much more targeted than the old Podtrac survey. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and let us know what you think.

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