June 9th marks the birthday of the iconic cartoon character created from the imagination of Walt Disney – Donald Duck. Donald’s first appearance came in “The Wise Little Hen” which debuted June 9, 1934.
Today Walt Disney is widely regarded as a creative genius, but he endured failure after failure being told his ideas wouldn’t work. Then in 1928, after relocating to Los Angeles, Walt sold his car to fund his dream to bring a cartoon rodent to life – that was Mickey Mouse.
Disney triumphed when “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” became a box office hit after banks refused to finance his project and grand ideas for animation. The aspirations continued with the development of amusement parks and television programs.
"Somehow I can't believe there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C's. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably." - Walt Disney
So, while Mickey gets many of the headlines, a candle can be blown out to celebrate one of the other Disney creations: Happy Birthday Donald Fauntleroy Duck!
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Brandon detoured from pursuing a degree in history but never lost his love of knowledge embracing the famous George Santayana quote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Brandon currently writes the National Comic Book Examiner, the Tampa Bay Comic Book Examiner as well as the National American history Examiner.