In his book, Clown Prince of Disneyland, Wally Boag wrote that spitting out his teeth was probably the bit people remembered most about the Golden Horseshoe Revue. As a kid, it certainly was for me. In the late 1960s, I can recall sitting at a left-side table with my family inside the Golden Horseshoe, not far from the stage. There'd be a really silly guy up there (Boag) wearing a floppy cowboy hat and six-guns that hung too low. With pretty Slue Foot Sue (Betty Taylor), he'd crack wise and sing about the legendary Pecos Bill. At some point during the number, he'd get smacked in the mouth and begin spitting teeth (they were actually pinto beans) at the musicians below him, who would pull out ping pong paddles and begin batting the teeth around. This would go on for quite some time. The audience roared.
In a 27-year stretch, Wally Boag did this same bit (and many others) nearly 40,000 times at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. But, his legacy isn't just about longevity. It's about talent and commitment. He put as much effort and heart into his first performance as he did into his last, and into every one in between. Wally understood that for as many times as he twisted his balloon animals, shot his water pistols or did his signature loose-limbed high kicks, there would always be people in the audience who had never seen the Golden Horseshoe Revue and who deserved a great show.