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The Mouse turned eighty-one today, by the Disney company’s reckoning that sets his birthday at November 18th, 1928. Mickey’s so ubiquitous in our culture that it’s hard to imagine a time when nobody knew his name, but with this as in many things it’s fun to look at the calm before the storm – when […]

Seventy Nine Years of the Mouse

Seventy-Nine years ago today, on November 18, 1928, Steamboat Willie debuted at the Colony Theater in New York (in front of a film titled Gang War, which I find amusing). While it was the third Mickey short to be animated, it was the first to be released with synchronized sound and is considered his […]