Small World

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The lady pictured above is a customer who just stopped by to say hi during our recent open house. We were chit-chatting about this and that when our lobby monitor started playing one of the award winning movies we put together for another client, “The Lucy Evelyn: From Ship to Store.” Suddenly, she stopped mid-sentence and exclaimed, “OMG! That’s my grand-uncle!”

Turns out she is related to Captain Everett C. Lindsey, the man who commissioned the building of the Lucy Evelyn in 1917. She was a 166 foot, three masted schooner and one of the last of her kind built, as the steam engine was just beginning to take over the commercial nautical world. She was named after Capt. Lindsey’s two daughters.

Sailing from her harbor in Machias Maine, the Lucy Evelyn was primarily used as a cargo vessel, transporting lumber, tobacco, coal and other products to all parts of the world. Using a 5 person crew, she proved difficult to captain, as the only power she had on board was for a small winch that was used to help raise her sails. She was often blown off course or otherwise delayed during her journeys. She was once shelled by the Germans during WWII.

In 1947, she was bought at auction by entrepreneur Nat Ewer for the sum of $1,550.00. Nat had her towed to the shores of New Jersey and beached her in the town of Beach Haven where he had her converted to a high end gift shop. He and his family ran “The Sea Chest” out of the Lucy Evelyn for 22 years before she was lost in a devastating fire in 1972.

The grand-niece of Capt. Lindsey had never seen the ship, having visited the area after the fire. But of course she had heard all the stories. We’re so pleased that she came into our studio and got the opportunity to see a movie where her ancestor had played such a major role.

Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio Mount Dora specialize in the preservation of memories through the digitalization of film, videotape, audio recordings, photos, negatives, and slides. For more information, call 352-735-8550 or visit our website.

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It’s a Small World

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One of the videos I transferred yesterday contained footage of a young girl’s first visit to Disney World. It captured all the excitement, joy, scope and splendor that is The Magic Kingdom.

It’s funny, but I do not recall ever going to Disney as a child. I moved to Orlando as an adult and have been to the park numerous times since, but I don’t believe I ever went as a youngster. However, I was one of the first people to experience Disney’s most iconic ride – It’s A Small World.

In 1963, Walt Disney was asked to create a ride for Pepsi to be their sponsored pavilion for UNICEF in the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Because the Pepsi board of directors could not decide on a design, actress Joan Crawford, then on the board, called upon her friend Walt to design it for them and coerced Pepsi to pre-approve his as-yet-to-be-seen design as time was short. In fact, the entire project was conceived, engineered and constructed in a mere eleven months. The ride was at that time called: Children of the World. And I was there when I was merely 9 years old.

Some fun facts:

  • The UNICEF pavillion was one of five that Disney had a hand in creating/designing for the fair. The other four were for: Kodak, General Electric, Ford, and the state of Illinois.
  • The pavilion consisted of a winding boat ride through tunnels where 460 animatronic dolls representing the children of the world dressed in their cultural garments were on display.
  • The irritatingly infectious song, “It’s a Small World,” was written by the Sherman Brothers, best known for their score of “Mary Poppins.” It was a fall back suggestion when the original idea of having each country’s dolls singing their national anthem resulted in an unusable “cacophony.”
  • It has been said that “It’s a Small World” has been played more times than any other song in history. It is played around 1,200 times during a 16 hour operating day at a Disney park.

Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories. For more information, call 352-735-8550 or visit www.homevideostudio.com/mtd