Glen Holt, 1930 – 2018

Glen Holt, who married Disney Legend Annette Funicello in 1986 and carried on her fight against multiple sclerosis even after she died, has passed away at age 87.

After marrying Ms. Funicello, Mr. Holt rarely left her side, especially after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987. Always her protector, he often attended Disney events alongside her, providing the literal stability she needed due to her battle with MS. 


Glen took care of Annette into her later years, moving her closer to doctors who could provide her with the best treatment. After she passed away, he continued to honor her wishes by auctioning off her sizable Disney collection with the proceeds going to Multiple Sclerosis research and funds for less fortunate persons struggling with the disease. A horse breeder, Mr. Holt first met Annette while she was training to ride horses for a film. After reconnecting years later, they fell in love with each other and married, rarely leaving each other’s Company. It is only fitting that they reunited just two days before Valentine’s Day.


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The Disney Olympics: 1960 Winter Games

The 1950’s were an era in which it seemed that anything could be accomplished. As the dawn of the space era beckoned, the United States had embarked on a massive push to expand and improve its infrastructure. The country’s large investment would lead to unparalleled economic expansion, which led to ever larger private investments, one of which was Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Anaheim- DISNEYLAND.


It was an eagerness to show off these efforts to the world and a desire to jumpstart an underperforming ski resort that led to the Winter Olympics arriving near Lake Tahoe in 1960.


That a small, underperforming winter resort could rise from relative obscurity to a world renowned Olympic host city in such a small amount of time was unheard of. It could have only happened in California in the 1950’s. After Squaw Valley’s Olympic organizers realized how large a project staging the games would be, they ramped up construction and turned to the one person who they felt could assist them in accomplishing the impossible- Walt Disney.




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