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Walt Disney

Walt Disney had a great impact on our lives.  Many only know of Walt Disney from Mickey Mouse, but he made a difference in the world in the areas of education, technology, tourism, and, of course, animation.  Click on the links to enter the Wonderful World of Disney.


Walter "Walt" Elias Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1901.  His interest in art began at a young age.  Walt was selling his pictures when he was seven years old.  To pursue his interest in art and turn it into a career, Walt attended McKinley High School in Chicago to study art and photography. 
In 1918, Walt joined the Red Cross because he was too young to join the military and fight in World War I.  While in France, Walt decorated his Red Cross ambulance with original cartoons. 
   After the war, Walt Disney returned to the United States and started a company called Laugh-O-Grams, but this was not to last. Walt went bankrupt and decided to go to Hollywood to look for a job. His business didn't start out large. It was a small office at the back of a real estate building. Orders were pouring in very soon, so when Walt created Mickey Mouse, his company took off and became the major corporation we know as Walt Disney Industries.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney