Posts Tagged ‘Olympics’

Happy Fourth of July!

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

I was going to be patriotic today, but I’m not great at that. So instead? Disney lesson!

You might remember this chap below from a Newlywed in Dubai blog post two years ago today (see 4 On The 4th).

His name is Sam the Olympic Eagle, he was the mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics, and was designed by artists at the Walt Disney Company.

What makes this interesting (at least, to me) is that there are two other Sam Eagles out there, both also owned by Disney.

From 1974 to 1988 Disneyland park’s rotating Carousel Theater was home to the America Sings attraction which was hosted by “Eagle Sam” who was voiced by Burl Ives.

Interestingly, once the attraction closed most of the Audio-Animatronic animals were reused in the then-being-constructed Splash Mountain, which opened the summer of 1989.

The other Sam character is Sam the Eagle the censor and cultural moderator of the Muppets, who are now owned by Disney.

My favorite Sam the Eagle line is from the Disney theme park attraction MuppetVision 3D. In charge of the show’s grand finale, Sam says he has planned “a tribute to all nations, but mostly America”.


Anyway, thanks for putting up with this lesson, and Happy Fourth!

2010 Medals

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I’ve meant to write more about the Winter Olympics over in Vancouver, but I didn’t and now they’re over.

So the final medal count turned out pretty nicely:

                Gold Slvr Brnz Total
    1. USA      9    15   13   37
    2. Germany  10   13   7    30
    3. Canada   14   7    5    26

I like that, while Germany and Canada came in 2nd and 3rd in overall medals, they got more Gold than the US – so in reality we all kind of won.

That’s nice.

Disney and the 1960 Olympics

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Olympic RingsWe’ve had fun watching the Winter Olympics from Vancouver for the past two weeks. During the opening ceremonies I regaled Liz with stories about how Walt Disney and his artists worked on 1960 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Valley, California.

In fact, much of the pageantry of the ceremonies today is due to Disney’s influence fifty years ago.

I just came across an article by Leo N. Holzer all about the matter: “The 1960 Winter Olympics and Disney“.

Photo by Robert Reid, of the Sacramento Bee

We were just at Lake Tahoe this last summer, I didn’t know that the Tower of Nations was still up, I would have liked to have stopped.

Bummer. I guess next time …