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Tonight is the Little Mermaid Crew Reunion.

Me as the Little Mermaid Mo-Cap Model. Don't hate me because I'm beautiful!

A Benefit to aid the ASIFA/Hollywood Archives.7:00PM at the Van Eaton Gallery at 13613 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks east of Woodman. Ten dollars at the door.
Panelists include the writer-directors John Musker and Ron Clements, Sebastian animator Duncan Marjoribanks, Ariel animator Mark Henn and his key asistant Luriline Kohler, King Triton animator Andreas Deja, Ursula animator Ruben Acquino and CG supervisor Tina Price. I will moderate.

Don't be a Guppy, come on over and say Hi!


Birthdays: The Roman writer Lucan 39AD, John Montague the Earl of Sandwich and inventor of the same, Walker Evans, William Cullen Bryant, Stephen Austin, Bronco Nagurski, Andre' Malraux, Vincenzo Bellini, Bob Feller, Karl Baedeker author of the Baedeker guidebooks, Ken Berry, Michael Dukakis, Roseanne Barr, Astroboy creator Osamu Tezuka, animator/director Terry Gilliam

1503- MONA LISA- Leonardo Da Vinci was hired by a Florentine senator Francesco del Giocondo to paint a portrait of his third wife Madonna Elizabetha or Lisa. He fussed over the painting for four years and never gave it to Francesco, he said it was still unfinished and kept it for himself. Eventually he needed money so he sold it to the King of France and today it sits in the Louvre. Was her enigmatic smile because she had lost a child earlier that year and Leonardo was trying to cheer her up? He used to have musicians playing in the room when she posed. Or is she emblematic of Woman smiling at all the foibles of Men? One historian called Mona Lisa “ the Face that Launched a Thousand Reams Upon a Sea of Ink.”

1930- Amadeo Gianini changed the name of his San Francisco based Bank of Italy to the Bank of America.

1963- THE FIRST ALL COSMONAUT WEDDING- Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in Space, marries cosmonaut Andrisyan Nikolayev.

1971- The first UNIX manual released. And I still can’t make heads or tails of them.

1971- Carly Simon married James Taylor.

1977- Disney's Pete's Dragon starring Helen Reddy and Red Buttons. “Passamaquody, Passamaquody..”

1979- T.V. sitcom Different Strokes premiered, featuring 2003 gubernatorial candidate Gary Coleman..

1990- GM's new car line the Saturn announced. The last Saturn was made in Oct. 2006.

1981- WALLY WOOD was one of the most influential cartoonists of the 1950’s and 60’s. His amazing versatility enabled him to draw everything from superhero comics to very cartoony to playfully naughty girls like Sally Forth. He drew EC Comics, the Mars Attacks series, Mad Magazine, Weird Science, THUNDER Agents and much more.
He had done a famous drawing of the Disney characters having sex that brought down upon him the wrath of the Disney legal dept. (I cna't show it but do a Google image search and you'll find it.) But hard living and deadlines took their toll. Suffering from a stroke, failing kidneys and on dialysis, this day Wally Wood put a 44 cal pistol to his right temple and pulled the trigger. Police say the bullet passed through his head and was lodged in the pillow.