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Tales From The College Program: Housing

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In my last College Program related post we basically covered the interview process and that I was selected as part of the Fall Advantage 2003 program.  Fall Advantage really just means that I worked from June to January instead of August to January (which is the Fall programs schedule).

At the time Disney had 3 apartment complexes where CP's lived.  Vista Way and Chatham were for regular CP's and The Commons was where the kids in the International Programs lived.  Chatham was much nicer than Vista Way, but in May they had moved everyone from Chatham to Vista Way to save money, so we had no choice.  At this point you might be wondering "Hey, where is Vista Way?"  Next time your driving down I-4 past Downtown Disney and you and your family are staring at the Casting Building, look on the other side of the freeway, thats Vista Way.


Vista Way is the oldest of the three, and from what I've heard has been used by CP's since the 80's.  Ralf and I arrived bright …

Kitchen Cabaret

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Let's travel back to 1984, when Epcot Center was at it's best and look at a couple shots from Kitchen Cabaret inside The Land.  I do not remember much about this show, so your on your own for commentary.




I'd love to know what happen to these Animatronics, anyone know?
Cousin Orville was kind enough to share these amazing pictures with us!

He looks pretty beat, but at least he's still around.

 Our pals over at Imagineering Disney commented that some of the Animatronics are still kickin' around Epcot!

Old Photo Mystery

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I found this photo in a stack of old pictures my Dad found when he worked at a retirement home.

  Here's what is written on the back.

I looked at old St. Louis photos and I guessed it was the State Hospital.  Well I sent the picture to a St. Louis Historical Society and they actually researched it for me!
I did some research on your photos, and I think they are of the City Infirmary which was located at 5900 Arsenal Street. It was also called the City Isolation Hospital and U.S. General Hospital #40.  It was on the same street as the State Hospital (5300 Arsenal Street), so you were very close!

The architecture matches some photographs we have of the City Infirmary much more closely than that of the State Hospital. I also looked up the names of the nurses from the back of your photo in a 1914 City Directory and found a Bessie Bray listed as a nurse, an Alice Hachard listed as a housekeeper, and a Nellie Hatchard listed as an attendant all at the Infirmary.

Hope that answers your q…

Farley Granger: 1925-2011

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I had no clue that Farley Granger passed away on March 27th.  If you are not familiar with him, he starred in two of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock films, Rope and Strangers on a Train.  Last year I wrote him a letter and he was kind enough to sign this picture for me.