"Meredith Wilson's The Music Man" starring Matthew Broderick
(a 3-hour new presentation of the classic musical).
Ventriloquist, actor & radio performer Edgar Bergen (famous for
his wooden puppet sidekick Charlie McCarthy) is born Edgar
John Berggren in Chicago, Illinois. His Disney credits include the TV shows
Disneyland '59 and One Hour in Wonderland. Bergen also portrayed himself in the 1947 Fun and Fancy Free (narrating the "Mickey and the Beanstalk" segment). That same year Walt Disney himself was a guest on Bergen's popular radio show. Just prior to his death in 1978, Bergen filmed scenes for the 1979 release The Muppet Movie. Although not the
most technically skilled ventriloquist – Charlie McCarthy frequently twitted him for moving his lips – Bergen was loved for
his superb sense of comedic timing. (Edgar Bergen is the father of actress Candice Bergen.)
Newsweek features an article on the Disney Studios and their latest hit
Peter Pan. At the end of the article, it is announced that after the next animated
feature, Lady and the Tramp, that Beauty and the Beast and Walt Kelly's Pogo
the Possum are possibilities for future Disney animated features.
The Disneyland television series presents "Cavalcade of Songs," a look at Disney
music and its importance in film. Guests include singer/songwriter Peggy Lee, songwriter Sonny Burke,
the Mellomen (a vocal group featuring Thurl Ravenscroft), and the Firehouse Five (a musical group made up of
"Certainly Edgar Bergen's work with Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd was magic, magic in the real sense. Something happened when Edgar spoke through Charlie, things were said that couldn't be said by ordinary people. It's a way of looking at ourselves and our world in a fresh perspective. That's what theater does and what humor does and what Edgar Bergen did. He left this world a happier place because he was here, and I think that's about the finest thing a person can do with his life." -Muppet creator Jim Henson
Disney's It's Tough To Be A Bird is nominated for an Academy Award in
the Short Subjects, Cartoons category. Directed by Ward Kimball, the film offers a humorous
look at birds and the ways people perceive them. The 42nd Academy Awards will be presented April 7.
Upon California Adventure closing for the day, nearly 300 Cast Members representing
the two parks and the resort hotels participate in the 12th annual Flashback, a
Broadway-style musical at Hyperion Theatre. In honor of the resort’s 55th anniversary, the theme of
this year’s production is "Class of 55." The show (performed over 2 nights) is composed of four mini musicals
themed to Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland. (The annual Cast event will raise about
$10,000 for charities that support children.)
Patty Andrews, one-third of the popular singing trio
The Andrews Sisters, is born in Mound, Minnesota. Aside from
frequently playing themselves in movies, the sisters sold over 60 million records
and lent their singing voices to Disney's Make Mine Music (1946) and Melody Time (1948). The trio also cut a version of "I've Got No Strings" (a song first heard in Pinocchio) with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1940.
Episode 23 of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs. Mouseketeers Allison and Pop visit the
KMPC radio station in Hollywood, where Gary Owens gives them a tour of the KMPC record library and
newsroom, and invites them to participate in his afternoon radio show. The Mouseka-Movie Special features
Baloo the bear, singing "Bare Necessities" from the animated film Jungle Book.
Comedian Phyllis Diller hosts this day's episode of The Mickey Mouse Factory.
"Spooks and Magic" finds Mickey, Donald and Goofy trying to rid Diller's house of unwanted ghosts!