Mickey Mouse Turns 90
Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse! At a staggering 90 years old, he doesn’t look a day over, what, 25? Like most, he had a less-than-auspicious start with a silent short, titled, “Plane Crazy.” Certainly a product of the times, Mickey’s since evolved, and did go on to launch a super-stardom career just a few months later, with “Steamboat Willie,” which kick-started it all. From those humble beginnings, a mouse built a world-class tourist destination that helped Central Florida garner a record 72 million visitors to our community last year! And the rest is history.
Born in the aftermath of the American Civil War, which claimed more U.S. lives than any conflict in our storied history, Memorial Day honors the nearly 2 million men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it became a national holiday in 1971. I plan to spend the day with family and friends, and honor the sacrifice of so many by remembering and recognizing the price they paid for our freedoms. Little known fact – Waterloo, NY (just 100 miles from my hometown of Buffalo) is federally recognized as the official birthplace of Memorial Day.