Monday, December 9, 2013

WELCOME BACK!! Sito's Animation Fun Facts for 12/9/2013

DEAR GANG, WE'VE BEEN DOWN SINCE AUG 29,FIRST WITH A GLITCH, THEN I'VE BEEN PREOCCUPIED WITH A BOOK TOUR AND TENURE APPLICATION. BUT NOW THINGS HAVE CALMED DOWN IN TOONTOWN. GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK. Dec. 9, Birthdays: Sappho, John Milton, Jean De Brunhoff, Emile Waldteufel the composer of the Skaters Waltz, Admiral Grace Hopper 1906 who wrote the earliest computer language, Elzie Segar the creator of Popeye, Hermoinie Gingold, Dalton Trumbo, John Cassavettes, Broderick Crawford, Kirk Douglas-born Issur Danielevitch is 98, Red Foxx, Cesar Franck, John Malkovich is 60, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Buck Henry is 83, Judy Dench is 79 1965- Bill Melendez's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" the first half hour animated t.v. special featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi. Producer Lee Mendelson had heard Guaraldi's jazz combo perform in San Francisco. He never scored a film before:" How many yards of music do you want?" he asked. A Charlie Brown Christmas has run every year for 48 years. 1968- Dr. Douglas Engelbardt of Stanford held the Mother of All Demos at Brooks Hall in SF. He demonstrated in effect the first personal computer work station. He edited text, used hot-keys and communicated in real time with a colleague at Palo Alto, forty miles away. Eyewitnesses said he was "Dealing Lightning with Both Hands." Present at the demo were Stewart Brand of the Whole Earth Catalogue, Prof Andries Van Damm who would be a founder of Siggraph, and Alan Kay, who developed the laptop. 1994- Disney Animators in California move into their new Animation building designed by Robert Stern. Called The Hat Building, for it's prominent Mickey's Sorcerer Hat in front.

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