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Mel Shaw dies at 97; Disney design artist
Mel Shaw dies at 97; Disney design artist

While playing polo on the fields of Southern California in the late 1930s, Mel Shaw met Walt Disney and was soon playing on his team, the Donald Ducks, that took on the president of Mexico's personal team in 1938 — and won. "He called me a wild Indian because I was stealing the ball from him all the time," Shaw later said of that first meeting. But as Shaw told the story, one day Disney handed him a stack of papers and said: "You like to draw animals — read this and see what you can do." PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2012 It was the script for "Bambi," and the beginning of Shaw's long affiliation with Disney as a visual development...