One doesn’t join Imagineering to become famous. Such was a phrase oft repeated by Marty Sklar, a longtime leader of the Walt Disney Co.’s highly secretive division dedicated to creating new theme park experiences.
Sklar, also once a speechwriter for Walt Disney himself, regularly had to tell young, ambitious designers that only one name would ever appear in lights: Walt’s.
So it wasn’t always easy to get Sklar to take credit for his accomplishments in his five-plus decades with Disney.
I certainly tried.
Over the last three years, I had gotten to know Sklar,