Clipped From The Daily Messenger
Walt Disney, Film Genius, Is Dead At HOLLYWOOD (UPI) --An obscure young cartoonist sat in a modest Kansas City, Mo., garage workshop one Â· afternoon in the early. 1920s and watched with fascinaiion as a brash little mouse walked across his drawing board. The almost penniless artist, a farm boy named Walter Elias Disney, called the mouse Mortimer. When the tiny rodent began making daily appearances, he decided the name was too formal and changed it to Mickey --Mickey Mouse. Mickey was to become the squeaky-voiced model for hundreds of animated ' barnyard characters who would carry Walt Disney to fame and enormous wealth. Disney, who died at the age of 65 Thursday of acute circulatory failure, went on to create the fabulous Disneyland amusement park and produce a long series of family-type motion pictures,29 Academy Awards Disney won.. 29 Academy Awards and more than !700 citations frohi presidents, kings arid queens.. At the news of his death, messages of condolence cams in from around the world. Disney died at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, just the street from his sprawling studio. He had undergone surgery there last Nov. 21 the removal of his left lung, which doctors discovered a tumor which had caused an abscess. Disney was released but readmitted Dec. 5 -- his 65th birthday --for a "routine postoperative' checkup." Hospital officials and studio spokesmen declined to say if the tumor was malignant. Disney was born Dec. 5, in Chicago. Later, the family moved to a farm hear Marceline, Mo., where young Disney later said he developed a love for farm animals. Disney began drawing as small boy and'recalled that barber, liked the drawings so well he displayed' them in shop window and gave the free haircuts in exchange. Disney's boyhood idol -was Charlie Chaplin, .whom, he frequently impersonated on amateur programs . at Â· local vaudeville houses. ' '. During .World War. I Disney tried to enlist but was turned down bcacme of his 'age. At (Continued on Page 3, Col.