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  • Disneyland’s longest employed worker Chef Oscar Martinez retires after 60 years

     http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/27/disneylands-longest-employee-chef-oscar-martinez-retires/

    ANAHEIM — Chef Oscar Martinez, the longest tenured employee at Disneyland Resort, retired Wednesday, Sept. 27.

    The 81-year-old has worked at the theme park for 60 years. He’s been a chef at Main Street, U.S.A.’s Carnation Café since 1967.

    A Disneyland spokeswoman said Martinez “looks forward to traveling, visiting family and hopes to find time to relax.”

    Martinez could not be reached, he was at a private party being held for him on Main Street, U.S.A.

    Martinez is known as the chef of Disneyland’s popular breakfast, “Oscar’s Choice,” served with his signature potatoes, and in recent years as the ambassador of the Carnation Café.

    Most mornings the enthusiastic Martinez, wearing his signature white chef hat, could be seen greeting and engaging visitors with a warm smile, a handshake and asking a series of questions about how their day was or if they were having a good time.

    Video featuring Oscar from 2016

    Disneyland’s oldest employee Oscar Martinez celebrates 60 years of service on Thursday

    Born in Brownsville, Texas, and raised in Arkansas, Martinez moved to California with his late wife, Shelly Anne.

    With no formal cooking experience, Martinez started his career as a busboy at Disneyland’s Fantasy 1 restaurant in 1956, the year after the Anaheim park opened. Though he never personally spoke to his boss, he previously has said his fondest memory was watching Walt Disney walk up and down Main Street, U.S.A. taking meticulous notes about the theme park.

    Over the years, Martinez worked in several roles including teaching employees the “Disney Way” of dressing – at the time, men had short haircuts, no mustaches, shiny shoes and black socks, and there was no makeup for the girls. He later trained employees how to cook on a grill.

    In 1967, a manager noticed Martinez’s speed and efficiency and tried him out on the cooking grill at the Carnation Café.

    It’s at the cafe where Martinez left his most indelible mark.

    Disney executives noticed Martinez’s flavorful breakfast potatoes, cooked with butter and green and red peppers, and later put it on the café’s menu.

    In 2011, he was the first employee to receive an award for working 55 years at Disneyland.


  • Legendary Disney Animator & Imagineer Francis Xavier “X” Atencio Passes Away at Age 98

    https://d23.com/legendary-disney-animator-imagineer-francis-xavier-x-atencio-passes-away-age-98/?share_token=21428f813f

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    Legendary Disney Animator and Imagineer Francis Xavier “X” Atencio Passes Away at Age 98

    Disney Legend Xavier “X” Atencio, a former Imagineer and Disney animator, passed away on September 10 at the age of 98. X was responsible for helping bring to life a number of beloved Disney parks attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, as well as such animated classics as Pinocchio and Fantasia.

    Born on September 4, 1919, in Walsenburg, Colorado, X—whose friends shortened his name from Francis Xavier to simply “X”—moved to Los Angeles in 1937 to attend the Chouinard Art Institute. X thought a job at Disney was out of his reach, but the then-18-year-old artist’s instructors prodded him to submit his portfolio. In 1938, when he got the good news from Disney, X ran from the original Hyperion Avenue studio to his aunt’s house shouting, “I got a job at Disney! I got a job at Disney!”

    X first saw his work on screen at the 1940 premiere of Pinocchio, and as he watched, he was incredibly moved by seeing the audience’s reaction. That year, he was promoted to assistant animator for Fantasia but left temporarily to join the Army Air Corps in the war effort.

    Upon his return in 1945, he picked up where he left off, returning to the studio and working for the next eight years on animated short subjects. His first on-screen credit was for Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom in 1953, an Oscar®-winning film that took audiences through the history of music. Other films X contributed to during this time included Noahs Ark (1959) and A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962), both Academy Award® nominees, as well as Jack and Old Mac (1956). He worked on the “I’m No Fool” series for the original Mickey Mouse Club, and in the 1960s, X provided memorable stop-motion sequences for Disney feature films The Parent Trap (1961), Babes in Toyland (1961), and Mary Poppins (1964).

    At the request of Walt Disney, X transferred to WED Enterprises (later Walt Disney Imagineering) in 1965 to work on the Primeval World diorama for Disneyland. At first, X was unsure of the move to WED: “I went over there reluctantly because I didn’t know what I was getting into, and nobody there knew what I was supposed to do either,” he recalled. “About a month later I got a phone call from Walt. He told me ‘I want you to do the script for the Pirates of the Caribbean.’” From that point on, X cemented his legacy at WED, playing a key role in the development of music and dialogue for the attraction, including co-writing the iconic song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” For the Haunted Mansion, he wrote the attraction’s dialogue and co-wrote the song “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” For Walt Disney World, he contributed to If You Had Wings and Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom, as well as Spaceship Earth, World of Motion, and the Mexico pavilion at Epcot. Throughout his career, X always said that his reward, as it was in the days of Pinocchio, “is still the audience’s reactions.”

    “X was an enormous talent who helped define so many of our best experiences around the world,” said Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering. “Some may not know that when he wrote the lyrics for ‘Yo Ho’ he had never actually written a song before. He simply proposed the idea of a tune for Pirates of the Caribbean, and Walt told him to go and do it. That was how X worked—with an enthusiastic, collaborative attitude, along with a great sense of humor. His brilliant work continues to inspire Imagineers and bring joy to millions of guests every year.”

    X retired from Disney in 1984, but continued working as a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering for many years, and was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Maureen; his children Tori McCullough, Judianne, and Joe; his stepchildren Brian Sheedy, Kevin Sheedy, and Eileen Haubeil; sons-in-law Mike McCullough and Chris Haubeil; daughters-in-law Kathy Atencio, Trish Sheedy, and Beth Sheedy; and eight grandchildren.


  • I got a car

    So on July 29th my nephew and I made out way out to simi valley and i got a 2013 Honda Civic Si with 24k miles on it.  A big thank you to those that helped by donating to my gofundme.  Now I wont have a DL ap for a while until my income goes up BUT imay be able to swing a Universal Studios pass.  So many things going on and many projects I need to finish.  Stay tuned for more info and follow us on twitter and periscope @atfpodcast


  • An explanation on the recording style I do

    Binaural recording is a method of recordingsound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3-Dstereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments. This effect is often created using a technique known as “dummy head recording“, wherein a mannequin head is outfitted with a microphone in each ear. Binaural recording is intended for replay using headphones and will not translate properly over stereo speakers. This idea of a three dimensional or “internal” form of sound has also translated into useful advancement of technology in many things such as stethoscopes creating “in-head” acoustics and IMAX movies being able to create a three dimensional acoustic experience.

    The term “binaural” has frequently been confused as a synonym for the word “stereo“, and this is partially due to a large amount of misuse in the mid-1950s by the recording industry, as a marketingbuzzword. Conventional stereo recordings do not factor in natural ear spacing or “head shadow” of the head and ears, since these things happen naturally as a person listens, generating their own ITDs (interaural time differences) and ILDs (interaural level differences). Because loudspeaker-crosstalk of conventional stereo interferes with binaural reproduction, either headphones are required, or crosstalk cancellation of signals intended for loudspeakers such as Ambiophonics is required. For listening using conventional speaker-stereo, or mp3 players, a pinna-less dummy head may be preferable for quasi-binaural recording, such as the sphere microphone or Ambiophone. As a general rule, for true binaural results, an audio recording and reproduction system chain, from microphone to listener’s brain, should contain one and only one set of pinnae (preferably the listener’s own) and one head-shadow.

    For more info please see origin link

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binaural_recording


  • Legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar Dies At 83

    July 27, 2017

    Legendary Disney Imagineer Martin A. “Marty” Sklar passed away in his Hollywood Hills home on Thursday. He was 83. During an illustrious career spanning 54 years, Marty worked closely with Walt Disney and was instrumental in creating, enhancing and expanding Disney’s creative vision. Named a Disney Legend in 2001, he is best remembered and revered by fans around the world for his work bringing Disney’s theme parks to life.

    “Everything about Marty was legendary – his achievements, his spirit, his career,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “He embodied the very best of Disney, from his bold originality to his joyful optimism and relentless drive for excellence. He was also a powerful connection to Walt himself. No one was more passionate about Disney than Marty and we’ll miss his enthusiasm, his grace, and his indomitable spirit.”

    Born in New Brunswick, N.J., on February 6, 1934, Marty was a student at UCLA and editor of its Daily Bruin newspaper when he was recruited to create The Disneyland News for Walt’s new theme park in 1955. After graduating in 1956, he joined Disney full-time, and would go on to serve as Walt’s right-hand man—scripting speeches, marketing materials, and a film showcasing Walt’s vision for Walt Disney World and Epcot. During this period, he also joined WED Enterprises, the forerunner of Walt Disney Imagineering, and he would later become the creative leader of Imagineering, leading the development of Disney theme parks and attractions for the next three decades. He retired as Executive Vice President and Imagineering Ambassador on July 17, 2009, Disneyland’s 54th birthday. Disney marked the occasion by paying tribute to Marty with the highest Parks and Resorts recognition, dedicating a window in his name on Disneyland’s City Hall.

    “Marty was the ultimate Disney Imagineer and Cast Member. From his days working as an intern with Walt to just two weeks ago engaging with fans at D23 Expo, Marty left an indelible mark on Disney Parks around the globe and on all of the guests who make memories every day with us,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “He was one of the few people that was fortunate to attend the opening of every single Disney park in the world, from Anaheim in 1955 to Shanghai just last year. We will dearly miss Marty’s passion, skill and imaginative spark that inspired generations of Cast, Crew and Imagineers.”

    Bob Weis was one of those Imagineers. “Marty was one of Walt’s most trusted advisors and helped turn his most ambitious dreams into reality. For us, it’s hard to imagine a world without Marty, because Marty is synonymous with Imagineering,” said Weis, President, Walt Disney Imagineering. “His influence can be seen around the world, in every Disney park, and in the creative and imaginative work of almost every professional in the themed entertainment industry.”

    Marty’s impact and achievements were recognized with a number of prestigious awards and accolades, including the Lifetime Achievement award from TEA (Themed Entertainment Association), induction into the Hall of Fame of IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions), and the prestigious Professional Achievement Award from UCLA.

    He also authored several books about his experiences and adventures at Disney: Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms (2013), and One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering (2015).

    Marty is survived by his wife of 60 years, Leah; son Howard and his wife, Katriina Koski-Sklar; grandchildren Gabriel and Hannah; daughter Leslie; and grandchildren Rachel and Jacob.

    Marty and Leah were two of the founders of the Ryman Program for Young Artists, a project of Ryman Arts, a nonprofit foundation whose purpose is to teach and mentor “traditional” drawing and painting skills to talented young artists in Southern California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marty’s name to Ryman Arts at www.rymanarts.org.


  • My web hosting expires in 2 months

    I have been with Godaddy for 9 years hosting my websites and now the time has come again to renew for another 3 years but they want over $600 and I can’t afford that and I don’t want my websites to expire so I am looking for faster hosting that cost the same as what I paid for godaddys faster linux that is more wordpress friendlier and not all my sites are wordpress. If any one has ideas let me know. I was doing $7.80 a month for a three year term but later I had to add resources.  I will keep you informed as I look for alternative hosting or new hosting account on same hosting on a new account.


  • My hosting expires in April

    I have been with Hostgator then godaddy & I even ran my own web server on my computer. I have been with godaddy for 6 years and I do need to see if I want to stay with them but I need better speeds for my wordpress sites.  I for my last year upgraded the resources so the sites would not stall and give you a 505 error code.  The only drawback is that it’s not cheap for wordpress hosting.  So I need to do some research and find the best option. If you have ideas let me know.


  • The latest info on my main system

    Ok will I purchased a SSD but it was not enough space for me to migrate and then i got a1 TB SSD and i tried to clone the drive and got errors SO i had to do a clean install of windows 7 and i am in the process of installing whay I need back on the drive. i’m working on plug-ins for adobe CC and then a few other programs.i plan to have the machine done by the 2nd of next year.  then i can resume the vidast and podcast as well as the dvd and blu ray projects that ware WAY behind. If you wish to support the podcast please become a supporter and get access to content not available to public.



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