From the blog post:
Legendary Disney Imagineer Martin A. “Marty” Sklar passed away in his Hollywood Hills home on Thursday. He was 83. During an illustrious career spanning 54 years, Marty worked closely with Walt Disney and was instrumental in creating, enhancing and expanding Disney’s creative vision. Named a Disney Legend in 2001, he is best remembered and revered by fans around the world for his work bringing Disney’s theme parks to life.
“Everything about Marty was legendary – his achievements, his spirit, his career,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “He embodied the very best of Disney, from his bold originality to his joyful optimism and relentless drive for excellence. He was also a powerful connection to Walt himself. No one was more passionate about Disney than Marty and we’ll miss his enthusiasm, his grace, and his indomitable spirit.”
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Not that book reading is all that popular anymore but if you get a chance you should check out Mr. Sklar's book, "Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms". There are a bunch of books out there about Walt, Roy, Michael Eisner, etc but I am even more interested in the men behind the curtain who really made things happen for Disney. This book is an easy read and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
It really is a great read! I was lucky enough to meet Marty a few years ago and even have him sign the book. Such a nice guy.
His follow-up, One Little Spark, is also great. I never met him but he is responsible for so much that I love theme-park wise. He was Walt Disney's speech writer until Walt's untimely death and then made "imagineering" what it is today. One of a kind. He just spoke at D23 a few weeks ago and no one could know it was the last time we would ever see/hear from him. RIP Marty.
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