National Geographic : 2007 Mar
FLASHBACK Before the Magic Kingdom Testing amovie camera in 1923, 21-year-old Walt Disney (above) had just arrived in Hollywood with a Mickey Mouse-size bankroll and Dumbo-size dreams. Rejected by the big studios, the young animator started his own business, conceiving a character that changed his for tunes forever. But Disney didn't draw the mouse that launched his empire; longtime collaborator Ub Iwerks gave form to Mickey, while Disney squeaked the mouse's friendly falsetto. "I never did believe I was worth anything as an artist," said Disney in the August 1963 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. "I certainly don't consider myself a businessman." -Siobhan Roth R Flashback Archive See all the photos plus e-greetings at ngm.com/0703. PHOTO:WALTDISNEYPRODUCTIONS NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,114517THST.NW,WASHINGTON,DC 20036-4688.$34.00A YEARFOR U.S. DELIVERY,$6.00PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDESPOSTAGEAND HANDLING).IN CANADA,AGREEMENTNUMBER40063649,RETURNUNDELIVERABLECANADIANADDRESSESTO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC,PO BOX 4412STN. A, TORONTO,ONTARIOM5W 3W2. UNITEDKINGDOMNEWSSTANDCOVERPRICE£3.85.PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,DC, AND AT ADDITIONALMAILINGOFFICES.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,PO BOX63002,TAMPA,FL33663-3002.MEMBERS:IFTHEPOSTALSERVICEALERTS USTHATYOUR MAGAZINEIS UNDELIVERABLE,WE HAVENO FURTHEROBLIGATIONUNLESSWE RECEIVEA CORRECTEDADDRESSWITHINTWOYEARS.