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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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Toontown Tuesdays: Peg Leg Pete

One of Disney’s most versatile villains actually pre-dates Mickey Mouse himself. Peg Leg Pete got his first role before The Walt Disney Company officially existed- in one of the Alice Comedies.

He eventually took a role in Mickey Mouse’s first cartoon Steamboat Willie. He was frequently seen committing kidnappings, often taking Minnie Mouse hostage, who would then need to be saved by Mickey Mouse.

As the Disney family of characters grew, Pete found himself working alongside Donald Duck and more importantly, Goofy.

It was his tie to Goofy that would give Pete his most visible role- in the Disney Afternoon cartoon Goof Troop, where he served as an aggressive, though not villainous, neighbor to Goofy.

Today, the oldest still active Disney character continues his 90+ year “career” on the Disney Junior show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

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