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Jeff Kurtti Interview

Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #221 for the week of May 8, 2011.

This week, I want to share an interview and conversation with someone whose work many of us have enjoyed for years. He is Jeff Kurtti, author of more than 25 books on Disney including Since The World Began, the Legends of Disney Imagineering and many of the “Art of…” books as well. He is also the writer/director of numerous documentaries including The Boys, the story of the Sherman Brothers, and many Walt Disney Treasures DVDs. His varied roles at Disney include time at Imagineering and other special projects. He is also the Content Consultant of the Walt Disney Family Museum, so we have so much to cover about his life and times at Disney, the people he’s worked with including Herb Ryman, Dave Smith, Marty Sklar, Randy Bright, X. Atencio, and much more. Whether you are a fan of the parks, books, Imagineering, films or Walt himself, sit down with us we discuss many of our shared passions.

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Information and Links from This Week’s Show

Part 2 of the interview with Jeff Kurtti

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5 thoughts on “Show #221 – May 8, 2011”

  1. Jeff says:

    Great Show! Can’t wait to hear the rest!

  2. Christine Dougal says:

    LOVED this interview – Jeff definately needs to write an memoir and tell all his great stories ! His love of all things Disney and his respect for the circumstances and people he was part of has made his travel through “the world” so geniune and well done!

  3. Brian McDaniel says:

    Hi Lou:
    This first half of the Kurtti interview held my attention like flue. I’m anxious to hear you and Jeff at the MouseMeet.
    Good blab, Bri

  4. Little does Jeff Kurtti know but his book “Disney Dossiers: Files of Character from the Walt Disney Studios” has a lot to do with me meeting my wife, Lisa of Those Darn Cats…

  5. Chuck Zitta says:

    Yes, I agree with Jeff, we’re all still going through our Disney phase. And you either get it or you don’t. So, maybe it is genetic? Some common thread that we all share genetically. LOL!!! Love it. Jeff’s book collection sounds amazing. Great show. Looking forward to the second half. Thanks again for another fantastic show, Lou!!!