Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1901. There isn't much I can add to what has been recorded elsewhere about the man. That he had a huge influence on our society and the world at large is evident.
Is it the case of a boy with an artistic talent and a desire to rule the world that gave us the Walt Disney we know? Perhaps. Or maybe he was a cartoonist who just wanted to have fun and chose to take us along for the ride.
One artist said that Disney was "the most significant figure in graphic arts since Leonardo." This may well be an accurate assessment.
My favorite Disney character? I think I have to go with the Mouse. The kind, happy Mouse, the quintessential icon of the Disney empire. My personality probably is more like that of D. Duck, but let us not explore that.
Walt Disney 1901 - 1966 RIP