When you wish upon a star

My dog Susie says,

Human of the Century

Watching all the beautiful Holiday decorations and celebrations made me feel wistful about our beautiful country and its people and pets. I wondered who is considered the most incredible American for the last 100 years or so. So, I decided to ask all the neighborhood pets including the cats. The names that immediately popped up were Albert Einstein, Presidents FDR and JFK, Dr. Jonas Salk, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Bob Hope, Neil Armstrong and Elvis Presley. Actress Marilyn Monroe and Hugh Hefner were the favorites of that horny Poodle who resides a few blocks over. Anyway, I didn't really think this initial list was accomplishing what I intended, so I decided to ask my mom to go into town and take a poll on the village square. Maybe the humans could do better than the parrots, cats and dogs.

Sandy reluctantly agreed, in the spirit of Santa Claus, to do this chore for me. After a few hours of asking all the humans she encountered in the town square, who they thought was the most important American, she returned home with another long list of names. One of the names jumped out at me, and I knew immediately that this person had affected more people positively than any other human for the last 100 years. I met with the rest of the animals and mentioned my choice to get their opinion. Their immediate response was unanimous and overwhelmingly yes..yes..yes! Lets have some fun and do a little quiz to see how quickly you guess who it is?

This American came from Irish- German and Canadian immigrants. His father came to California to look for gold to support his family. They eventually moved to Chicago and then settled in Missouri. A local medical doctor was directly responsible for this person finding his calling and lifelong occupation. When WWI started this person dropped out of school at sixteen and joined the Army as an ambulance driver. Thus began this man's career of helping people.

Returning home from the war to end all wars, his father had gone bankrupt. Following in his dad's footsteps, he managed to start two businesses but go bankrupt twice himself. Now without a proper education and poor, he decided to once again follow in his father's footsteps and move back to California. However, through great perseverance and sacrifice, he eventually became successful at his craft. This man was nominated and won more Oscars than anyone in history. He was decorated by presidents and kings all around the world and given both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His empire, forged from unpretentious resolve and immense courage, is worth over 60 billion dollars today. Oh... and he's made more people smile, laugh and feel happy, than any human in history!

Walt Disney created cartoons and movies that children, adults and dogs grew up with including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and my favorites Goofy and Pluto. He made the first animated feature films, and his "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" won an Oscar and became the highest grossing film of 1938. The voice of Mickey was Walt's voice. During the Depression his films made millions laugh when they were suffering inside. His Disney studio won 26 Oscars from 59 Academy Award nominations, a record that will never be broken. He also won seven Emmys.

Honors include having a small planet named "Disneya" and the fabulous "Walt Disney Concert Hall" in L.A. named for him. His movie studio, TV studio, record company, comic book company, and animation studio are all incredible for the happiness they bring to people of all ages. But there is still something that Walt did for all of us because it was his biggest dream: Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The other Disney parks now located in such places as Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong spread joy all around the world. OK... so who's done more for all of us than Walt Disney?

Catch you later,

Susie and Sandy

P.S. If you need a good cry go watch "Old Yeller" and for innocent silly laughs see "The Shaggy Dog." These are two of my favorites for obvious reasons. "Lady and the Tramp," ain't too bad either.

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