Happy Birthday, Roy Disney!
"When Walt and I were on the farm in Marceline, we had to sleep in the same bed. Now Walt was just a little guy, and he was always wetting the bed. And he's been peeing on me ever since." - Roy O. Disney
Funny how so many look to Walt for the success of the Disney Company. Sure, he was the dreamer, the innovator, the man at the forefront. If he wanted it to be done, it would get done. But - if he wanted it done, the man to make sure it would get done was his brother, Roy Oliver Disney. Roy was instrumental in the building of Disneyland, securing deals with ABC and corporate sponsors to get funding for the park to be built. After Walt's passing, he continued to see the Disney World project through, even ensuring it would be named Walt Disney World, after his brother.
Of course, these are just a couple examples of how instrumental Roy was in helping his kid brother achieve success. He was instrumental in getting things done for Walt, but he was also the one who would be able to stand up to Walt, to keep him (sometimes) grounded. I am personally convinced he was the reason Walt had the success he did.
To find out more about this amazing man and his contributions to the Walt Disney Company, I highly recommend reading Building a Company: Roy O. Disney and the Creation of an Animation Empire by Bob Thomas.
Happy 118th birthday, Roy. On behalf of those who have never heard of you, as well as those who have, a most sincere thank you.
Roy O. Disney 6/24/1893 - 12/20/1971
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