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ho’s the leader of the club, that’s made for you and me? M-I-C…K-E-Y…M-OU-S-E! You can probably sing the rest of the song, can’t you? Mickey Mouse and his creator Walt Disney have become so famous, we often refer to them as just Mickey and Disney, like we’re friends with them. But it’s doubtful any of us was ever on a ﬁrst-name basis with the co-founder of a company that raked in more than $36 billion in revenue as of 2010. So who was this incredibly inventive, imaginative and successful man? Snippetz rolls back the hands of time to take a glimpse into the life of the man behind the mouse: Walt Disney.
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Rubin Art Studio with the help of his older brother, Roy. At the art studio, Disney worked on creating advertisements for magazines, newspapers and movie theaters. He also crossed paths with fellow cartoonist Ubbe Iwerks who became an integral part in his future as an entrepreneur. When their contracts with the art studio came to an end, the pair set out to open their own commercial art studio.
IN THE BEGINNING… Born in Chicago on Dec. 5, 1901, Walter Elias Disney was the second son of Elias and Flora Disney. At the age of 4, Walt Disney moved with his family to Marceline, Mo. It was there that Disney began to discover and foster his love of drawing.
When the studio failed, Iwerks and Disney parted ways, with Disney finding employment making commercials using cutout animations. This job piqued his interest in animation and after studying up on different techniques, Disney settled on cell animation, which was speculated to have been because he felt it was a more promising avenue than cutout animation.
The Disney family moved away from Chicago only to return in 1917. Disney entered his first year at McKinley High School as a freshman. He also began taking night classes at the Chicago Art Institute. Disney’s skill as an artist earned him the spot as cartoonist for his school’s newspaper.
In the years that followed, Disney experienced several ups and downs including the bankruptcy of his studio, Laugh-OGram. He bounced back and went into business with his brother Roy. They set about finding a distributor for Walt Disney’s developing idea, “Alice Comedies,” which was a series of live-action/animated short films based on “Alice’s Wonderland.” Walt Disney asked Virginia Davis, the live-action star of “Alice’s Wonderland” to relocate to Hollywood, Calif., where the Disneys had set up shop. Davis agreed and with the new series set to be produced, the Disney Brothers’ Studio was officially founded.
WALT DISNEY MEETS WORLD WAR I With World War I raging, Disney decided to drop out of high school at 16 in order to join the army, but he wasn’t permitted to join because he was underage. Disney didn’t let that stop him, however. He joined the Red Cross with a friend and became an ambulance driver in France for a year but he never saw any combat action; the armistice was signed prior to his departure for France.
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During the rise of the Disney Brothers’ Studio, Disney met his future wife, Lillian Bounds, whom he had initially hired to ink and paint celluloid. It might have been love at first sight because after dating for just a few months, the couple married in 1925. They welcomed their first daughter Diane in 1933 and later adopted their second daughter, Sharon.
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The pair created a new all-animated series called “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit,” which was created and drawn by Iwerks. The series was a hit and Disney decided he needed to get a higher fee for the short films he was creating, which by then were being distributed by Universal Pictures. Universal owner Charles Mintz refused the increased rate and informed Disney that Universal would actually be paying a lower rate. If Disney didn’t cooperate with the new arrangement, Mintz informed him that most of Disney’s animators were under contract and that Mintz would start a new studio, taking those animators with him. Mintz claimed that Universal Pictures owned the trademark to “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” and could easily continue to produce the films without Disney. Upon his refusal
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of Mintzâ€™s ultimatum, Disney lost most of his animation staff and found himself back at square one.
ENTER MICKEY MOUSE After that, Disney did what he did best: he bounced back. Working with Iwerks, one of the only animators to stand by Disney during his conflict with Universal, he worked up some sketches of a mouse based on a pet he had back at the Laugh-O-Gram studio. Iwerks smoothed out the rough edges of the sketch, making the character easier to animate, while Disney provided the voice. With that, Mickey Mouse was born. Mickey Mouseâ€™s first feature animated short, a silent cartoon called â€œPlane Crazy,â€? never made it to distribution. But not long after, Disney worked up a new cartoon with sound called â€œSteamboat Willie.â€? It was an instant hit. Thereafter, Disney re-released â€œPlane Crazyâ€? and its follow-up â€œThe Gallopinâ€™ Gauchoâ€? (also silent) with a soundtrack. Every subsequent cartoon he created included sound.
Until 1932, every Disney cartoon had been shot in black and white, including â€œFlowers and Trees.â€? After meeting Herbert Kalmus, a key player in the development of the first three-strip Technicolor camera, Disney agreed to reshoot â€œFlowers and Treesâ€? in Technicolor. Again, it was an instant hit and earned the title of the first Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons in 1932. Disney shot all his following short cartoons, called Silly Symphonies, in color and received the sole right to use Technicolor for a two-year term, which was eventually extended to five years.
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HYPOCRITE By Dr. Ron Ross
“Hypocrite!” That’s a charge oft heard by people who believe something and then because of their human weaknesses somehow fail to live up to the standards they have set for themselves or others. So the other day I decided to study the word to discover what those ugly nine letters are all about. The word hypocrite comes from the Greek word which is pronounced almost exactly as we pronounce it today. Its origin was in the ancient Greek theater where actors wore masks to hide their real faces while they played the parts of others – they were pretenders or hypocrites. Fortunately the word no longer applies to those who perform on the stage but to those who pretend in everyday life. I think you would agree that there are many hypocrites out there but not just in the church (where there are, I must
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admit, plenty). There’s a guy somewhere who had the Ten Commandments tattooed on his back. He must have been quite religious, don’t you think? My thought was why didn’t he have them tattooed upside down on his stomach where he could review them from time to time? Have you noticed the athletes who genuflect before they step up to bat or who, right after they make a touchdown, take a knee and bow as if they are praying? Is it possible that this, for some, is just a show? I do.
Some of the worst hypocrites are the rappers and rockers who denigrate women, call for cops to be killed, promote drug use, and wallow in all kinds of depravity while they wear big gold crosses around their necks and perform using religious icons as props.
The most common hypocrisy among politicians are the wealthy elite who get elected then raise taxes while they do everything possible to avoid paying taxes on their billion dollar estates. Then there’s the politician that runs on the platform that he is “pro life” but when the opportunity to confirm a judge that might vote to outlaw abortions he suddenly does something different. Pretenders. Hypocrites.
And now, what about you and me? We are hypocrites as well for we have pretended a level of piety that belied the reality of our every-day lives. Each of us have said one thing and done another - often. We have all preached sermons to others with no intention of applying them to our own lives. We have each demanded justice for the other but mercy for ourselves.
Some years ago a man was absolutely insistent that his daughter have a lavish wedding invoking all the blessings of the church on the marriage of his daughter. He spared no expense to see that the clergyman involved would provide the religious blessings he thought important to the event.
Since hypocrisy is a matter of pretending to be one kind of person while being another, I’m afraid we are all quite guilty. And since we are all hypocrites could it be said that the one who detests hypocrisy the most may be the biggest hypocrite of all?
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his week, we enter the most unique month of the entire calendar year – February. Why, you ask, is this month so special? There are several things, such as that annual spectacle, the Super Bowl, we’ll all be watching. There’s Valentine’s Day and Groundhogs day too. But really, the most special attribute of this month over the last two years has been sandwiches. Yes, delicious lunch fare. You see, over the last two years, superchain restaurant Subway has offered us ANY Footlong sub of our choosing for just $5! They call it Febru-Any $5 Dollar Footlong (I know, not the cleverest of taglines, but still). The chain is expected to offer this promotion again, giving fast-food opportunists a chance to dine in style, if only for 28 days. But before we anoint the entire month of February a time of sandwich eating, we should investigate their claims. Yeah, that’s right; you may have been lied to. Luckily I am here, looking out for the folks. Nick-Snips is here to unveil the ugly truth of American Capitalism gone awry…
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This week I present to you the humble reader, a singular, eye-opening fact – not all $5 Footlongs measure at 12inches. In fact, two proud American citizens by the names of John Farley and Charles Pendrak have investigated these claims and taken the necessary legal action. After submitting photo’s showing each sub next to a ruler, both men found their subs only measured 11-inches.
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two men officially sued Subway to regain losses of 5 to 8.3 percent of the countless “Footlong” sandwiches they purchased from the store. The percentages weigh to about $.41-$.54 per sub (depending on if it were a $5 or $6.50 sub). Of course, these folks are asking for triple damages (bringing totals to $1.23-$1.62). On top of that, they lawsuit is seeking class-action status for anyone who bought a sandwich from January 22, 2007 to the present time (Only in the area where the official lawsuit was claimed, unfortunately) Forced to respond to the claims, Subway spokesperson Les Winograd apologized, saying “We regret any instance where we did not fully deliver on our promise to our customers... We freshly bake our bread throughout the day in our more than 38,000 restaurants in 100 countries worldwide, and we have redoubled our efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich we serve”. Seems reasonable enough, right? However, take into consideration that Stephen DeNittis, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, says that his firm had measured sandwiches from 14 different Subway locations and each “Footlong” fell short. Employees of Subway restaurants make the argument that customers are still receiving the same amount of dough as a 12-inch sub, but that the dough had just not properly been tugged, pulled, and proofed before served. DeNittis shrugs this off, suggesting “if they were selling by net weight, that would be a good argument”. He also adds that his firm will “be investigating to find out if Subway intentionally made sandwiches smaller to profit unfairly off consumer deception”. I guess we’ll have to wait to find out. Until then, I still recommend taking advantage of Subway’s “Febru-Any” deal. Just don’t expect their slightly exagerated claims that you’ll be receiving a “Footlong” sandwich for just $5; if only such great portions of food were available for so cheap in America - It’s a shame, really.
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“nutritionally speaking, there is little difference between the farmer’s market bounty and the humble brick (of frozen food) from the freezer case. It’s true for many other supermarket foods, too.” Advances in the frozen-food industry -- from packaging to techniques like high-pressure flash-freezing and freezing peeled, blanched and steamed foods -- has improved the quality of frozen produce and products, and improved the retention of their vitamin content. Some food manufacturers freeze and package the harvested produce immediately and on-site, thereby increasing both quality and preservation of nutrients. In a study published in the “Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture” in 2007, University of California-Davis researchers reviewed the variable nutrient content of fresh, frozen and canned vegetables and fruits. Frozen spinach goes through a flash-freezing process that preserves it within hours after it leaves the soil, so it retains more of its vitamin C content than fresh spinach. Both forms of spinach (fresh and frozen) retain their high vitamin A content as well. The nutritional superiority of organic versus conventionally produced meats is another misconception. Researchers have found that there is not much difference in nutrient quality between grass-feed or cage-free animals and animals that are raised in feedlots or cages. The quality and nutrient levels in modern canned vegetables and fruits and conventionally raised animals have improved over time and are a good choice for consumers. Best of all, conventional foods are far lower in price than organic products, making them affordable for most shoppers. Good food is available for consumers of all economic levels. Shop smart and try both organic and conventional canned and frozen products. This recipe for Easy Spinach Quiche is a deli-
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1. PERSONALITIES: Who wrote the 1960s book “Unsafe at Any Speed,” which detailed safety shortcomings in the auto industry? 2. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What color is lapis lazuli? 3. GEOGRAPHY: The Falkland Islands lie off the coast of which continent? 4. HOBBIES: What does a spelunker do? 5. U.S. STATES: What is the official nickname of the state of Illinois? 6. LANGUAGE: What does the Latin term “ipso facto” mean? 7. ART: What is chiaroscuro? 8. CARTOONS: What is the name of Porky Pig’s girlfriend? 9. SCIENCE: What kind of gases are neon and helium? 10. MOVIES: Which three comedians starred in the film comedy “Three Amigos!”
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1. Name the last pair of A.L. teammates before Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez (213) and Jacoby Ellsbury (212) in 2011 to each have more than 210 hits in the same season. 2. Four players who started their major-league careers in the 1970s played in four decades. Name two of them. 3. Name the only Michigan State player to be taken No. 1 overall in the NFL draft. 4. Between 1956 and 2000, only one player 6 feet 3 inches or shorter won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Name him. 5. Name the NHL team that allowed the fewest goals in an 82game season. 6. Of the nine NASCAR Chase for the Cup playoffs through 2012, how many drivers have made at least eight of them? 7. In 2012, Serena Williams became the second woman to have won all four of tennis’ Grand Slam titles along with Olympic singles gold. Who was the first?
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1. What was the first pop group memorialized in London’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum? How were they posed? 2. Who sang lead on “My Girl”? Name the group. 3. How did Booker T. & the M.G.’s get their start? 4. Who had a hit with “Harden My Heart,” and when? 5. Name the song with this lyric: “I seen lonely times when I could not find a friend.” (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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New DVD Releases for Week of January 28, 2013 PICKS OF THE WEEK “Hotel Transylvania” (PG) -- In this animated feature, Dracula (Adam Sandler) hosts a luxury resort for old-school movie monsters. Humans are kept away, accommodations are made for the undead, and even the bellboys are zombies. For the birthday of his daughter (Mavis, voiced by Selena Gomez), Dracula invites the monster A-list, including the Mummy, the Frankensteins and werewolves (all voiced by stars
from Cee-Lo Green to Steve Buscemi.) Big-release kids movies are supposed to be more grownup-friendly these days. Where parents could get a few laughs and thrills out of “Ice Age” or “Rango,” “Hotel Transylvania” plays it safe. This hotel is comfortable, if a tad unremarkable -- kind of like well-maintained Howard Johnson. “Seven Psychopaths” (R) -- This is one of those funny, a little hard-to-follow movies with a bunch of characters and even more plot twists. Marty (Collin Farrell) is trying to finish his screenplay, so he sticks with his wacko friend, Billy (Sam Rockwell), for inspiration. Billy and his even weirder friend, Hans (Christopher Walken), steal the beloved dog of a violent gangster (Woody Harrelson). Jokes, confrontation and confusion ensue. Writer/director Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”) uses an updated recipe that features two parts banter, one part violence. The screenplay is rather self-aware -- it
starts with two bantering hit men -- as many of these Tarantino-esque movies do -- and then these guys are never seen again. If you feel like things have been a bit predictable lately, “Seven Psychopaths” can give you a jolt. “The Awakening” (R) -- Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) debunks ghosts and phony psychics. It’s a good line of work, because she lives in early 20th century England, where there is no shortage of creepy old estates surrounded only by leagues of open country and twisting fog. She goes with World War I veteran Robert Mallory (Dominic West) because he works at an allegedly haunted, mostly abandoned, creepy boarding school in the country surrounded by twisting fog. What follows is a satisfyingly creepy, if run-of-the-mill, ghost story.
DOG OF THE WEEK “The Cold Light of Day” (PG-13) -- The Jason Bourne clones keep coming, and
some of them need to go back to the lab. An American family goes on a sailing vacation in Europe, only to be attacked by “rogue intelligence agents.” It’s up to the Hollywood-handsome, muscular son in his late 20s (Henry Cavill) to save his family. In return for their safety, the badguys want a special briefcase with contents that are never explained. So cliche, I know. I’m rolling my eyes so much it’s hard to look at the screen and type this. This star-studded failure (Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver are in it) shows a middle-school understanding of what makes modern spy thrillers good.
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An actor named George Raft was originally offered the part, but he turned it down because he didn’t like the script.
by Samantha Weaver • It was Martin Luther King Jr. who made the following sage observation: “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” • Are you a dromomaniac? If you travel compulsively, you are. • The famed statue Venus de Milo was lost to history for nearly 2,000 years. No one knew of its existence until 1820, when a Greek peasant tilling a field on the island of Milos hit stone -- several carved blocks of stone, to be specific. Within a few weeks, archaeologists arrived and took the statue of Aphrodite to France. King Louis XVIII dubbed it the Venus de Milo and donated it to the Louvre, where it remains today. • You might be surprised to learn that Humphrey Bogart wasn’t the producers’ first choice for the role of Rick in “Casablanca.”
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• In 2010, a new species of slug was discovered in the mountains of Borneo. It is distinguished from other species of slug by its novel method of mating: It shoots its mate with a so-called love dart made of calcium carbonate and containing hormones. The researchers nicknamed the gastropods “ninja slugs.” • If you’re traveling to Kansas anytime soon, be sure to remember that it is against the law in that state to catch fish with your bare hands. • During the original run of the classic 1960s TV series “Gilligan’s Island,” some viewers took the show rather too seriously. Several telegrams were sent to the U.S. Coast Guard asking why the poor people hadn’t yet been rescued. *** Thought for the Day: “I want a man who is kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?” -- Zsa Zsa Gabor (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You might feel comfortable in your familiar surroundings, but it might be time to venture into something new. There’s a challenge out there that’s just right for you.
1. Ralph Nader 2. Blue 3. South America 4. Explore caves 5. Land of Lincoln 6. By the fact itself 7. Use of light and shadow in artwork 8. Petunia 9. Noble gases 10. Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short
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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’re eager to take on that new opportunity opening up as January gives way to February. Now all you need to do is resist quitting too early. Do your best to stay with it.
SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Jimmie Foxx (213) and Al Simmons (216) did it for the 1932 Philadelphia A’s. 2. Rickey Henderson, Mike Morgan, Jesse Orosco and Tim Raines. 3. Defensive end Bubba Smith, in 1967. 4. Bob Cousy, in 1957. 5. New Jersey allowed 164 goals in 2003-04. 6. Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart. 7. Steffi Graf completed her “Golden Slam” in 1988.
FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. The Beatles, in 1964. They were sprawled on a red couch and playing instruments. 2. David Ruffin, in 1964. He was with The Temptations at the time. Smokey Robinson pulled the song from The Miracles and had Ruffin do lead with The Temptations. 3. They were a house band at Stax Records in Memphis, working behind Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and others in 1962. 4. Quarterflash, in 1980. The following year, their “Night Shift” was used as theme song in the film of the same name. 5. “Fire and Rain,” by James Taylor in 1970. Rumor and myth surrounding the song are wrong. The “Suzanne” mentioned was someone he met, not his girlfriend who died while flying to see him. The other verses talk of his time in rehab centers, wanting to “make a stand” against drug addiction.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Doff a bit of that careful, conservative outlook and let your brave Bovine self take a chance on meeting that new challenge. You could be surprised at how well you do. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might not want to return to the more serious tasks facing you. But you know it’s what you must do. Cheer up. Something more pleasant soon will occupy your time. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) As you dutifully tidy up your end-of-the-month tasks, your fun self emerges to urge you to do something special: A trip (or a cruise, maybe?) could be just what you need. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your achievements are admirable as you close out the month with a roar. Now you can treat yourself to some well-earned time off for fun with family or friends. (Or both!) VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Be sure you know the facts before you assume someone is holding back on your project. Try to open your mind before you give someone a piece of it.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your love of things that are new gets a big boost as you encounter a situation that opens up new and exciting vistas. How far you go with it depends on you. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) That recent workplace shift might not seem to be paying off as you expected. But be patient. There are changes coming that could make a big difference. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) While few can match the Goat’s fiscal wizardry, you still need to be wary in your dealings. There might be a problem you should know about sooner rather than later. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Easy does it when it comes to love and all the other good things in life. Don’t try to force them to develop on your schedule. Best to let it happen naturally. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A surprise decision by someone you trust causes some stormy moments. But a frank discussion explains everything, and helps save a cherished relationship. BORN THIS WEEK: Sometimes you forget to take care of yourself, because you’re so busy caring for others. But you wouldn’t have it any other way.. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Have a home inspection. The result will be your to-do list over the next few months. At the very least you’ll be warned about those items before a buyer hires his own inspector and notes them in a sales contract as negotiating points. If you have snow on the roof, the inspection will be a bit limited, but the condition of the house and its systems will give you an overall idea. Do interior repairs now. A new toilet and sink in the bathroom, and later, paint, a fresh shower curtain and new towels will add to your potential sales price. If you’re going to have landscaping work done when warm weather comes, get on the schedule now. Talk with a landscape planner at a few home and garden places and nail down what you’ll want. De-clutter. For many homeowners, getting rid of excess clutter is the most time-consuming of all homesale activities. Start by going through closets and toss clothes you haven’t worn in three years, and also reorganize kitchen cabinets. Depersonalize your home by removing family photos. Look for artwork to go in the blank spots. If you find it on sale and know you won’t change your mind, go ahead and buy now.
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