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Walt Disney's FBI File: Part 2

Last time we looked at documents from Walt's FBI file that dealt with the various film and television specials.  Today we will look at correspondences between the Disney family and J. Edgar Hoover. The first is one Walt sent to Hoover after receiving a congratulatory  letter about his Milestone Award. Here is an exchange between Walt and Hoover discussing the FBI's cooperation with Walt's news reels. Here is an interesting one where someone suggests that Hoover send an autographed copy of his book Master of Deceit  to Walt. Hoover listened, because here is Walt's reply. The FBI took great interest in Walt's death.  They clipped his obituary and Hoover even sent a sympathy letter to Lillian (not before a memo requested he do so first). The letter suggesting Hoover contact Lillian. The letter. I find the letter to Lillian very interesting, especially the note at the bottom.  Walt being a Special Corr

Walt Disney's FBI File: Part 1

About six years ago I read Hollywood's Dark Prince , the most ridiculous of all Walt Disney biographies.  It's actually worth reading just for the outrageous claims Marc Eliot makes.  Just to give you an idea, the book says Flora was not Walt's mother, he was the illegitimate child of Elias and a mexican woman. Walt hid this whole life by hiring her as his house keeper.  One of the biggest "revelations" though is that Walt secretly worked for the FBI giving them names of communists in Hollywood.  The book has a few photos from pages of Walt's FBI file to back up the claim.  Well, after reading the book I decided to get a copy of his FBI file myself. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) getting a copy of a persons FBI file is pretty easy.  I made the request with FOIA and explained why I wanted to see the file.  About 3 months later they replied saying that my request was approved; all I needed to do was pay them $15.  Another 3 months went by, the

MGM Studios Ninja Turtles Show.

Nickelodeon recently rebooted the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise, so what better time to share the pictures I found of the TMNT show at MGM.  These are from the summer of 1990. I'd love to know where this Turtle Van is now. I know there is a picture of me somewhere with April, but I'm 99% sure I was wearing a fanny pack, so that one will probably never see the light of day (cut me some slack I was 8).