1963 Aeriel View Of Disneyland

Below is an aerial view of Disneyland in Anaheim, California taken in 1963 by Robert J. Boser.

The Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) is in the upper left corner.Harbor Boulevard forms the eastern boundary of the park.

To the middle right, one can see the Haunted Mansion under construction. While the main building is complete on the outside (the white building), the show building is just beginning construction on the right side of the railroad tracks (most of the ride takes place in a show building outside the confines of the railroad). The Haunted Mansion would open in 1969.

Also under construction, and up and left from the Haunted Mansion, is Pirates of the Caribbean, which opened in 1967. The two attractions took a while to build because Disney’s engineering arm at the time, WED Enterprises (now known as Walt Disney Imagineering), was busy on projects dealing with the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Both attractions are located in New Orleans Square, which opened in 1966.

Anaheim’s newly completed Melodyland Theater (“theater-in-the-round”), is at the top of the photo.

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Disneyland Overhead

From a July 16, 1955 photo: “Here’s an air view of the entire area, defined by numbers and letters: (1) The railroad station, main entrance and town square. (2) Main Street, U.S.A. (3) The Plaza. (4) Tomorrowland. (5) Fantasyland. (6) Frontierland. (7) Rivers of America. (8) Adventureland. (A) Parking area. (B) The Santa Ana freeway. (C) Harbor boulevard. (This post was updated on 2/12/16 to add the above 1955 photo.)

We lived in Orange County, CA from 1966 to 1983 in four different locations that were a short drive from Disneyland. Consequently, we were able to visit the park many times over the years.

Here are a few shots of our two oldest daughters at the park when they were little.

We had some really great times there.

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An Old Teacher And A Former Student

While walking down the street a young man sees an old man and asks him: “Do you remember me?”
The old man says no, so the young man tells him that at one time he was one of his students.
The old teacher then asks: “What do you do now, what did you end up doing in life?”
The young man responds: “Well, I became a teacher, just like you.”
“Ah, that’s a good thing, but why just like me?” Asks the old man.
“Well, yes. In fact, I became a teacher because you inspired me to be like you.”
The old man was curious now so asked the young man at what point in his life he decided to become a teacher.
The young man then tells him the following story:
“One day, a friend of mine, also a student, came in with a nice new watch, and I decided I wanted it. So I stole it, I took it out of his pocket.
Shortly after, my friend noticed his watch was missing and immediately complained to our teacher, who was you.
Shortly thereafter you addressed the class saying, ‘This student’s watch was stolen during class today. Whoever stole it, please return it.’ But I didn’t give it back because I didn’t want to.
After nobody responded you closed the classroom door and told us all to stand up and form a circle.
You then said you were going to search our pockets one by one until the watch was found.
However, you told us to close our eyes, because you would only look for his watch if we all had our eyes closed.
So we did as you instructed.
You went from pocket to pocket, and when you went through my pocket, you found the watch and took it but continued searching everyone’s pockets. When you were finally done you said ‘open your eyes. We have the watch.’
You didn’t tell on me and you never mentioned the episode again and never disclosed who stole the watch either.
That was the most shameful day of my life and you saved my dignity forever.
So that was the day I decided I would not become a thief or a bad person in any way. You never said anything about it again, nor did you even scold me or take me aside to give me any moral lessons.
I received your message loud and clear.
Thanks to you, I clearly understood what a good person and a real educator should do.
Do you remember this incident, professor?
The old professor answered, ‘Yes, I remember the situation with the stolen watch and that I looked for it in everyone’s pocket.
The reason I didn’t remember you, however, is because I also closed my eyes while looking for the watch.’
This is the essence of teaching: If to correct you must humiliate then you don’t know how to teach.”

1940s Drive Along Devonshire Blvd.

Moving view from an automobile looking back at the road, reverse straight shot along Devonshire Boulevard, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles; 2-lane road, light traffic, semirural, barely developed area, 3/4 side view, view from automobile looking back at the side of the road. Some orchards are visible as well as some houses and fields.

I was born in 1943 and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Over the years my parents would take this road to visit friends, so this video looks pretty familiar to me.

When times were much simpler and better as far as I’m concerned.

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