Mother ironed today while I washed more dishes. It was so hot today that we couldn't hardly do much. Laten was here for dinner.
|10-year old Walt Disney (center right) at a gathering of Kansas City newsboys in 1912.|
Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 - December 15, 1966) was born in Chicago but spent six
of his younger years in Kansas City, where he attended Benton Grammar School and worked
as a newsboy. His family returned to the Chicago area in time for Walt to attend high school
there. He dropped out of school at the age of sixteen to join the army but was rejected for being
underage and served as an ambulance driver after the armistice was signed. Walt then moved
back to Kansas City to begin his artistic career. After a number of fits and starts, including seeing
his popular "Laugh-O-Gram" cartoons screened at the local theaters, he went bankrupt and, with
his brother Roy, headed for California to start over. The rest, as they say, is history.