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17 Disney Park Windows Worth a Closer Look

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The next time you find yourself on Main Street at Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom, tear your eyes away from the street trolley, the balloon seller, the barbershop quartet, and the elaborate window displays. Look up. Each window on Main Street bears an inscription of the name of the fictional vendor who “owns” the business housed in that building. A staggering variety of careers are represented, from miniature model makers to travel agents and palm readers.

Well, there is no “random” at Disney parks. Just like almost all of the other little details you’ll find tucked away at Disney, those names are there for a reason—they honor people who have contributed greatly to the company. Actually, according to Imagineer Marty Sklar, it takes three things to get your name on a park window these days. First of all, you only receive the honor upon retirement. Secondly, the honor only goes to those with the highest level of service, respect, and achievement. And thirdly, management at each park has to agree with the folks at Walt Disney Imagineering on the who, what, and where of each window.

Here are a few to look for the next time you’re strolling down Main Street, ambling through Frontierland, or pratfalling through Toontown.

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1. Roland “Rolly” Crump

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Crump was one of Walt Disney’s favorite designers. He worked on attractions such as the Haunted Mansion and the Enchanted Tiki Room. Crump’s original Haunted Mansion plans included a walk-through “Museum of the Weird” concept, so you can see why his window received the palm reading theme.

2. Harriet Burns

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As the first female Imagineer, Burns was responsible for model-making and figure-building—among other things—applying paint and other finishes to the pieces and people featured in rides like the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Enchanted Tiki Room. She also helped design Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and the Carousel of Progress.

3. Bob Gurr

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Gurr is responsible for the design of most of the ride vehicles at Disney Parks, from the Doom Buggies at the Haunted Mansion to the Monorail. He's the one who famously gave Richard Nixon a little joyride on the Monorail back in 1959.

4. X. Atencio

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Look above the Opera House at Disneyland to find this inscription for the man who wrote the scripts for the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, including the lyrics to “Grim Grinning Ghosts” and “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me).” Atencio also has a tombstone at the Haunted Mansion.

5. Wally Boag

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If you visited Disneyland between 1955 and 1982, you probably saw Wally Boag. Wally starred in the Golden Horseshoe Revue for 40,000 performances and was honored with a window above the Blue Ribbon Bakery in 1995—but his longtime onstage partner, Betty Taylor, doesn’t seem to have her own window. C’mon, Disney. It’s probably time to honor Sluefoot Sue, who kept going after Boag retired and put in 45,000 performances.

6. Roger Broggie

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As the head of the Disney Studios Machine Shop, Broggie oversaw the development of the Disneyland Railroad, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and the Disneyland Monorail, among other things. He also worked with Walt to create the 1/2 mile-long Carolwood Pacific Railroad located in Disney’s backyard. “Mechanical wonders” and “Magical Illusions” indeed.

7. and 8. Alice and Marc Davis

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Immediate members of the Disney family may all have their names on windows at Main Street together—Walt Disney’s daughters with their spouses and children, for example. But there’s only one married couple in the whole park that have their own windows based on individual contributions to the park. Marc Davis, one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” was an animator and draftsman. He was responsible for Snow White, Alice, Tinkerbell, Cinderella, Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, and characters from the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and more. Alice Davis was a costume designer who outfitted the audio animatronics on It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Carousel of Progress, and more. The Davises’ longevity rivaled that of Mickey and Minnie—they were married for 44 years until Marc’s death in 2000. Alice got the window real estate right next to her husband’s in 2012. They can both be found above the Disneyana store.

9. Robert Jani

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Though he’s credited with reviving the spectaculars at Radio City Music Hall and creating the master plan for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 1984 Olympics in L.A., Robert Jani is perhaps best known for the Main Street Electrical Parade, as evidenced by his window at the Disneyland Opera House.

10. Marty Sklar

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From working on marketing materials for Disneyland in 1955 to becoming president of Disney Imagineering, Marty Sklar was the only Disney employee to have been present for the opening of all 11 Disney Parks at the time of his retirement in 2009. On his last day, the company honored him with a window at City Hall in Disneyland, where he had once had an office.

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11. Yale Gracey, Bud Martin, Ken O’Brien, and Wathel Rogers

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Special tricks—yeah, you could say that. Gracey, Martin, and Rogers were responsible for most of the special effects in the Haunted Mansion, including the Pepper’s Ghost effect seen in the famous ballroom scene. O’Brien was an audio-animatronics specialist who worked on the Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

In my opinion, Disney bestowed an even higher honor to three of these gentlemen—Yale Gracey, Bud Martin, and Wathel Rogers all have tombstones at the Mansion.

12. Donn Tatum

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As the first non-Disney family member to become president of Walt Disney Productions, Tatum was instrumental in the creation of Walt Disney World in Florida, especially after Walt passed away in 1966. The “subsidiaries” listed on Tatum’s window were the names of the dummy corporations used to anonymously purchase Florida swampland to create the theme parks.

13. Ub and Don Iwerks

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Ub Iwerks was Walt Disney’s original business partner and co-creator of Mickey Mouse. Don is his son, who worked on Disney films for more than 35 years, pioneering techniques such as the 360-degree camera and Circle-Vision—so you can see why their “Stereoscopic Camera” business is quite appropriate.

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14. Fess Parker

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In 2004, Fess Parker, AKA Davy Crockett himself, received a window touting his Coonskin Cap Supply Co. in Frontierland at Disneyland. Parker played Crockett in a Disney miniseries, then used the character to help promote the opening of Disneyland. He starred in a number of other Disney productions in the ‘50s as well, including (sob) Old Yeller.

15. Harper Goff

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It’s said that Disney doesn’t approve of visible tattoos on their employees, but it looks like they made an exception for Harper Goff. Goff, an artist, musician, and actor, created many of the special effects in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. He also created concept art for Mickey Mouse Park, the original idea behind Disneyland. As a man of many talents, his tattoo-and-banjo parlor can be found in the bazaar in Disneyland’s Adventureland.

16. Michael Eisner

Given the shadow cast over Michael Eisner’s time with the company, it’s no wonder that his window has been relegated to Disneyland Paris.

17. Walt Disney

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Walt himself has more than one window—in fact, he has at least six. There are two in Disneyland (one on Main Street and one in Toontown), three at the Magic Kingdom , and one in Disneyland Paris.

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7 Places To Grab a Bite of Elvis
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August 16, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, reportedly from hypertensive cardiovascular disease associated with atherosclerotic heart disease. Just 42 years old at the time of his passing, the King of Rock 'n' Roll had a reputation for loving rich, decadent food as much as he loved music, with the infamous fried peanut butter and banana sandwich being one of his favorite delicacies.

While we can’t recommend them as part of your daily diet, there are Elvis-inspired indulgences to be found at eateries across the country. If you’re ever in the mood for a taste of Elvis, here’s where to go.

1. THE ELVIS MARTINI // FORT WORTH, TEXAS

With roots stretching back well over half a century, Forth Worth's T&P Tavern used to be a rail station stopover for notables including Elvis Presley himself. To honor their history, the bar offers the Elvis—a martini flavored with peanut butter, banana, and bacon.

2. MR. LUCKY'S // LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

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There’s decadent, and then there’s Las Vegas. To match the city’s reputation for excess, Mr. Lucky’s—the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's 24-hour diner—can reinvigorate patrons pulling all-nighters with the King. It’s an enormous plate of 14 banana pancakes served with Nutella, whipped cream, powdered sugar, and 14 slices of bacon. Before ordering, don't forget to tell your family you love them.

3. JOHNNY J'S // CASPER, WYOMING

In 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama paid a visit to Johnny J's while on the campaign trail.
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Johnny J’s specializes in burgers named after influential rock stars, including Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, and, of course, Elvis Presley. With the Elvis, patrons can expect a slab of beef topped with red chili and melted cheddar jack cheese, served open faced—without a single banana in sight.

4. BROOKLYN FARMACY & SODA FOUNTAIN // BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

This reworked early 20th-century pharmacy underwent renovations for reopening in 2010. Like any proper soda fountain, they're all about sundaes and milkshakes—including The Elvis, a vanilla ice cream topped with peanut butter, banana, and candied bacon.

5. MEMPHIS MOJO CAFE // BARTLETT, TENNESSEE

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The Memphis Mojo Cafe and food truck are go-to spots for burgers, but it’s their dessert that will send Elvis fanatics into a sugar frenzy. Their Elvis Dippers are Nutter Butter cookies dipped in maple waffle batter, deep-fried, and dunked in butterscotch banana cream.

6. OATMEALS // NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The menu at OatMeals offers something for everyone, even if that someone is into Sriracha-covered oatmeal. But the standout might be The Elvis, a bowl of oats topped with peanut butter, banana, bacon, and sea salt.

7. MARLOWE'S RIBS & RESTAURANT // MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

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Just a few minutes from Graceland, it’s almost a prerequisite that Marlowe’s Ribs & Restaurant would have a surplus of Elvis-inspired items on their menu—and they don’t disappoint. Among their specialties: the Elvis Burger, which comes topped with bacon, smoked ham, and American cheese. For dessert, the Crispy Creme Banana Foster Sundae—a donut with vanilla ice cream, peanut butter sauce, sauteed bananas, and whipped cream—is a modern take on some of the King's favorite treats.

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Beyond CSI: 10 Fascinating Forensic Careers
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If you were to believe everything you saw on television about a day in the life of a forensic science professional, it would be all crime scene investigation all the time. As pulse-poundingly exciting as the investigative antics on CSI, NCIS, Dexter, and Criminal Minds may be, the day-to-day duties of forensic professionals aren’t always so cinematic. From accountants to astronomers, here are 10 lesser-known—but entirely fascinating—forensic careers.

1. FORENSIC LINGUIST

From pronunciation to word order, the patterns with which a person communicates are almost as distinct as the sound of his or her voice. Which makes them an identifiable piece of evidence in a criminal investigation, particularly in cases where fraud or plagiarism are concerned. Though the field of forensic linguistics emerged in the late 1960s, it didn’t come into popular use in the U.S. until the mid-1990s, when FBI forensic linguist James Fitzgerald convinced his employer that publishing the Unabomber's “manifesto” could possibly help them catch the man who had killed three people and injured nearly two dozen others with the homemade bombs he’d been mailing to unsuspecting victims for nearly two decades. It worked. Several people called in tips after reading the manifesto, recognizing the writing style, which eventually led them to Ted Kaczynski.

If you've been watching Discovery's Manhunt: Unabomber, you've already gotten a sense of what Fitzgerald's job entails. He's portrayed by Sam Worthington in the series, and Fitzgerald, a.k.a. "Fitz," has been impressed with the series' accuracy. "They are in the high 80 percentile [of accuracy]," Fitzgerald told Bustle, noting that "the Fitz character is a composite character." He describes the series as "a metaphorical look at my role in the Unabomber case, as well as bits and pieces of other agents who did it. It’s relatively factual. I will say, if it is about language analysis that is shown on the screen, that was me. That was the real Fitz."

2. FORENSIC OPTOMETRIST

Diagnosing astigmatism and glaucoma is all in a day’s work for an optometrist. Catching a murderer? Not so much. But Graham Strong has spent more than two decades doing just that, helping to prove the ownership of eyewear evidence left behind at crime scenes. It all started in 1989, when he assisted investigators in proving that the glasses found beneath the body of a murder victim were the same ones that their key suspect was wearing in an earlier mug shot. “I obtained more than 20 measurements that enabled me to conclude that the glasses found at the scene were identical to photographs in every way,” Strong explained of his investigative process. The evidence resulted in a first-degree murder conviction.

3. FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGIST

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If you’ve ever watched an episode of Bones, you kinda sorta know what’s in a forensic anthropologist’s job description: to help identify and investigate decayed or damaged skeletal remains. If the science in the show seems sound, that’s because (for the most part) it is: The series, which ended its 12-season run in March 2017, is based on the life, work, and writing of Kathy Reichs, who is one of only 100 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (she’s also a best-selling author and was one of the show’s producer).

4. FORENSIC ARCHAEOLOGIST

Part Indiana Jones and part Sherlock Holmes, forensic archaeologists work with the police and other government agencies to locate, excavate, and analyze historical evidence, from buried personal items to mass graves. Employing the same techniques they would at a dig site, forensic archaeologists help to organize a crime scene and preserve potential evidence and are being increasingly called upon by organizations such as the United Nations in genocide investigations in Rwanda, Argentina, and Bosnia. 

5. FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT

Some investigators carry a gun; others wield an adding machine. Consider this: When the FBI was founded in 1908, 12 of its 34 original investigators were bank examiners. Today, about 400 of the FBI’s special agents are accountants. Forensic accountants are also found in accounting firms of varying sizes, as well as in law firms and police and government agencies, where they investigate a range of crimes that have been committed in the name of financial gain, which could include anything from murder to securities fraud. 

6. FORENSIC ASTRONOMER

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Not even Copernicus could have likely imagined that the field he pioneered would one day be able to aid in the delivery of legal justice. But the celestial bodies that continue to confound us regular folk have been used in much more practical ways for several centuries now, dating all the way back to Abraham Lincoln’s days as a lawyer, when he successfully defended a client against murder by being able to establish the position of the moon on the night of the altercation (which disproved the testimony of the prosecution’s key witness).

7. FORENSIC ODONTOLOGIST

In the late 1960s, there was a serial killer and rapist on the loose in Montreal who earned the nickname “The Vampire Rapist” because of the signature bite marks he left on the breasts of his victims. That vicious calling card became the undoing of Wayne Boden, the 23-year-old former model who was arrested in 1971 when Gordon Swann, a local orthodontist, was able to show 29 points of similarity between Boden’s chompers and the marks left on the body of Elizabeth Porteous, his final victim. Boden’s conviction was the first in North America to rest on odontological evidence, but certainly not the last; in 1979, forensic odontologist Richard Souviron was a key witness in the prosecution of Ted Bundy for the Chi Omega murders at Florida State University.

8. FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST

Forensic pathologists—medical doctors tasked with examining corpses to determine identity and the cause and manner of death—have found themselves in the spotlight in recent years with the popularity of reality television series like Dr. G: Medical Examiner, which followed Dr. Jan Garavaglia, Orlando’s Chief Medical Examiner, who famously identified the remains of Caylee Anthony. A decade earlier, HBO premiered Autopsy, a documentary series in which Dr. Michael Baden—the former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City—explained the science behind some of the most notorious crimes of the century, including the assassination of JFK, the death of Sid Vicious, and the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson. Lesser-known Autopsy cases examined how maggots, tattoos, breast implants, and chewing gum have all helped solve crimes. 

9. FORENSIC MICROSCOPIST

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The most damning evidence at a crime scene is usually the kind that is impossible to see with the naked eye. Enter forensic microscopy, the science of trace evidence, which can offer valuable clues in solving a crime by examining a variety of substances such as hairs, fibers, soil, dust, building materials, paint chips, botanicals, and food. Skip Palenik has spent a lifetime using microscropy to solve real-world crimes, analyzing trace evidence in the cases of the Hillside Strangler, JonBenét Ramsey, the Unabomber, and the Green River Killer. In 1992, he founded Microtrace LLC, an independent laboratory and consultation firm focused on small particle analysis. 

10. FORENSIC NURSE

Nurses are the first point of contact for many a crime victim, so it only makes sense that they would play an important role in the legal system. From collecting blood and DNA samples to counseling crime victims, the specializations of a forensic nurse can vary, as can their training. Writer-producer Serita Stevens—a forensic nurse herself—explores the field in depth in her book Forensic Nurse: The New Role of the Nurse in Law Enforcement, which notes of the job that “When the human body itself is a crime scene, [the forensic nurse] is the most critical investigator of all.”

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