Disney "can't draw" story help

Thursday, February 12, 2004 5:20 PM
Hey gang, I need some help. A long time ago I read something that basically said Walt was told by a teacher in high school that he couldn't draw and would never make a living at it, so just give it up. I tried searching yahoo and google and didn't come up with anything. I did find a brief report over at Disney's site saying he was dyslexic (sp?) and that may have had some impact in the teacher's comment. If anyone could help me with a link with more details on the story, I would greatly appreciate it!


P.S. Title should say STORY not STROY ;) *** Edited 2/12/2004 10:23:08 PM UTC by olympic10086***

Thursday, February 12, 2004 6:09 PM
A very quick scan through the opening chapters of Christopher Finch's "The Art of Walt Disney" (1975 edition) came up with this.

"In the fall, he joined the family in Chicago and enrolled at McKinley High School. Here he contributed drawings to the school paper and managed to get some further art instruction from newspaper cartoonist named Leroy Gossett."

"Disney himself was not a great draftsman, and he never pretended to be."

This book, which is considered one of the better about Disney doesn't suggest he was anything but quite a decent artist and there's no mention of learning difficulties and whatnot.

Thursday, February 12, 2004 6:38 PM
Kind of reminds me of the story where a 15 year old sophomore tried out for the basketball team and the highschool coach cut him because he thought he wasn't good enough.

That 15 year old kid was Micheal Jordan.

Friday, February 13, 2004 1:59 PM
Yah know, it's possible that he wasn't at the time.

But, it does go to show you that talent and potential talent are different things.

Friday, February 13, 2004 2:55 PM
Or the couple who walked into some Ivy League college office to give a huge donation, but they were ignored because of their shabby clothing. So they started Cornell University.

Or that guy who all the time posted stuff on coaster Web sites, and then he went on to... post more stuff.

Friday, February 13, 2004 3:00 PM
Hey den, I thought it was Stanford, we went over that in a class once, thier son went to Yale or Harvard, and they wanted to make a donation, were kind of put down, found out that it would only be a few houndred thou or so to build a building in thier son's name, and started Stanford instead? but it could have been Cornell
Friday, February 13, 2004 4:37 PM
You're probably right... I'm going on a fading memory here.

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