I just read an article in the Los Angeles Times Business section ("With Liberty and Justice for Mickey," Nov. 12) about Walt Disney Co.'s plans to open a new theme park near Washington "that will pay homage to American history and culture."
Disney promises to make historical events such as slavery, the Depression and the Civil War "fun and exciting for the whole family." It plans to somehow incorporate its well-known animated characters into the park.
I can see it now: Minnie Mouse as a fun-loving slave on the auction block, Donald Duck quacking happily through the bread lines of the Depression, Snow White leading the Seven Dwarfs unscathed through the Battle of Gettysburg.
The report said that historical and environmental groups are expected to examine the proposal closely. Dear God, I hope so.