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  • Roger Broggie's Main Street Window ceremony Mar. 30th (Merged)

    Roger Broggie is getting his name installed near the magic shop come next Friday. I was just curious as to any specific information about what kind of Imagineer he was and attractions he might have worked on since the name isn't familiar.

    The ceremony will be before the park opens as well, so not much chance of being a witness for this event in any case.

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    Re: Roger Broggie's Main Street Window ceremony Mar. 30th

    We should let Steve DeGaetano elbow in here and tell you all about Broggie, Walt's small scale railroad and how that led to Disneyland in the first place. Broggie was the first Imagineer before there were such a thing. He ran the machine shop at the Disney Studios. His son Michael is an author and historian and has written a wonderful book about all of the above called Walt Disney's Railroad Story. The window is long overdue!
    Last edited by mickeyandme67; 03-22-2007, 09:17 PM. Reason: bad speller, bad!
    Permanecer sentado por favor...

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      Re: Roger Broggie's Main Street Window ceremony Mar. 30th

      It's a little sad to hear anyone say that "the name isn't familiar" when talking about Roger Broggie since he was Walt's first Imagineer. Plus, there's an engine named for him on the Walt Disney World Railroad. Here's some bio info from his induction into the Disney Legends program in 1990:
      http://legends.disney.go.com/legends...=Roger+Broggie

      Walt Disney's original Imagineer Roger Broggie built everything from steam engine trains to electronic robots that could sing and dance. Gifted with mechanical genius, there wasn't anything Roger couldn't do or figure out how to do. He epitomized the essence of Disney Imagineering - "the blending of creative imagination and technical know-how."

      When Roger was honored at the Disney Legends Awards on October 18, 1990, company Chairman Michael Eisner said, "Any mechanical things you had to do, what you said was, 'Call Roger, he'll know how to fix it.' Without him, Disneyland wouldn't have happened."

      Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1908, Roger graduated from Mooseheart High School in Illinois, in 1927. With vocational machine shop training, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked for such companies as Technicolor and Bell and Howell. In 1932, he built and operated a rear-projection system for Teague Process Company at General Service Studios. During this period, Roger worked on films for Walter Wanger, David O. Selznick and Charlie Chaplin.

      By invitation of a friend who worked at Disney, Roger joined the Studio as a precision machinist in 1939. Among his first assignments was installation of the complicated multiplane camera animation equipment at the new Burbank lot. He later worked closely with fellow Disney Legend Ub Iwerks, in developing rear-screen special effects, camera cranes and high-speed optical printers.

      In 1949, Roger helped Walt build his miniature trains in the Studio Machine Shop and later, installed Walt's backyard railroad at his Holmby Hills home. Roger was also instrumental in developing the Disneyland and Santa Fe Railroad in Anaheim.

      Roger was promoted to head of the Studio Machine Shop, in 1950. Within four years, under his able direction, the shop's responsibilities expanded from creating special effects for such films as "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," to producing attractions for Disneyland, including the Monorail system and Matterhorn Bobsleds. Roger's department also created such new processes and techniques as Circle-Vision 360, a motion picture format with screens that completely surround the audience.

      In 1951, Walt assigned Roger to work on "Project Little Man," and along with fellow imagineer Wathel Rogers, he constructed a nine-inch tall figure of a moving/talking man, which became the prototype of Audio-Animatronics (robotic) technology. In 1963, Roger and his department completed Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the first application of Audio-Animatronics to a life-sized human figure, which premiered at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.

      In 1973, Roger turned his attention to EPCOT Center until his retirement in 1975, after dedicating more than 50 years to the Company.

      Roger Broggie died November 4, 1991, in Los Angeles.
      "I Only Hope That We Never Lose Sight Of One Thing,
      That It Was All Started By A Mouse." - Walt Disney
      http://www.StartedByAMouse.com

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        New Window on Main Street

        Legendary Imagineer Roger Broggie will be getting a Window on Main Street USA above the Magic Shop March 30.
        Known in most other circles as "HauntedOne999"

        "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow!"

        Disneyland CM Dec. 2005 - May 2007

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          Re: New Window on Main Street

          There are two threads on this already...the first one being from back on February 2nd this year:

          http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52651

          ...and another one from just 2 days ago:

          http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58242

          You should come to MiceChat more often for all the latest breaking news.

          EDITED TO ADD SO I DON'T LOOK SO STUPID FOR WRITING THE ABOVE: Two of the threads have been merged now.
          Last edited by Opus1guy; 03-24-2007, 08:36 PM.

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            Re: Roger Broggie's Main Street Window ceremony Mar. 30th

            I agree with SBAM. There are a lot of younger folks who don't know the history of the Park of which they are so enamored, or the people who created it. Soon, even the name "Walt Disney" may become as obscure as apparently Roger Broggie's has. It's sad, but maybe something to be expected.

            In this age of unlimited information, our collective knowledge of the past only seems to dim...

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              Re: Roger Broggie's Main Street Window ceremony Mar. 30th

              Seems a lot of threads are going on this. I think I should get a window on Main Street!

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                Re: Roger Broggie's Main Street Window ceremony Mar. 30th

                Originally posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
                I agree with SBAM. There are a lot of younger folks who don't know the history of the Park of which they are so enamored, or the people who created it. Soon, even the name "Walt Disney" may become as obscure as apparently Roger Broggie's has. It's sad, but maybe something to be expected.

                In this age of unlimited information, our collective knowledge of the past only seems to dim...
                I am slowly learning more of the names, but in the days of the Wonderful World of Color and whatnot from watching the resort from a distance it was always Walt and generally not the Imagineers who were presented. Granted this is showing that television is a bad source for information. I am working on learning more of the history of the park now and am glad to have a community such as MiceChat with which to learn about some of the history behind the parks that generally isn't learned unless someone else passes it down the line.

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