Chris Erskine

Classic Hollywood: Disney's legacy, Christmases past and those we've lost

Classic Hollywood: Disney's legacy, Christmases past and those we've lost

Sixty years ago, 15-year-old Dave Smith had a chance encounter with Walt Disney at Disneyland. The boy asked his hero for an autograph and, eventually, got it. But if he had known then what he knows now, he would have asked about a few other things.

That’s because Smith would go on to found the archives at the Walt Disney Co. in 1970 after pitching the company with a proposal while he was an archivist at UCLA. 

“I’ve always wondered, what if he would have realized then what I would be doing 15 years later?” Smith told my colleague Daniel Miller, in a 

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