Mickey: He Takes Me By the Heart

When I was little, I used to take short walks with my dad around the neighborhood. Down an adjacent street, there are apartment complexes. And on one of the doors was a perpetual decoration, a huge Mickey Mouse head. Even at a young age, I knew exactly who that cartoon character was when my dad asked me. (I was even clever enough to say: “Just like Mickey Mantle.” See? My dad, a lifelong Yankee fan, taught me well.) For many years, I knew that Mickey head was still hanging on that door. When I would walk home from elementary school, or go in the opposite direction to buy the latest nail polish at Rite Aid, I’d pass by it and remember that day.

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Without him, Michelle and I might be sitting here writing about theme parks that all started with a lucky rabbit or something. Maybe we wouldn’t be writing at all. It’s hard to say, but there’s no doubt about it – Mickey has clearly had an impact on the way we think, what we do for fun, and what makes us happy. (Can you believe this guy has almost 2 million fans on Facebook

To thank him for all he has done (and will do), we’re taking November to spotlight the Mouse. (For the record: he is the only mouse I want running around my attic.) Michelle and I plan to talk about his presence in the theme parks, video games, and more – in addition to some lovely guest posts, trip reports from both of us, and as always, a few surprises.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Mickey’s 83rd birthday! We could only hope to look half as good as he does at that age!

A few fun facts about the Mick:

  • He had his photo taken with all U.S. presidents since Harry Truman with the exception of Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • He made a cameo appearance in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • The mouse has received 8 nominations for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. (The last was 28 years ago for Mickey’s Christmas Carol… I believe it’s time to fix that!)
  • He was the first cartoon character to ever get a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. (An awesome present for his 50th birthday!)

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