Never before have I cried over the death of someone famous, but I’m in a bit of hysterics right now.
I was 9 years old when my passion for Disney first sparked. I did as much research on the company and the people involved in it as I possibly could to immerse myself in its culture. My mom found out that she was friends with someone who was related to someone involved with Disney, so I asked her to ask her friend what this person’s name was. She came home from work one day with a paper bag that had the name ‘Marty Sklar’ written on it, and I nearly burst into tears at the sight of it. Not long after, I sent him a letter through my mom’s friend and received the autograph pictured above in response, coincidentally dated The Walt Disney Company’s anniversary.
Seven years later, I had the honor of meeting him at my first D23 Expo and telling him about our connection, as well as attending his panel.
Upon attending D23′s Christmas party in 2015, I was surprised and delighted to find out he was there signing books, so I reintroduced myself to him once more.
Just shy of two weeks ago, I had the honor meeting him one last time at D23, as well as attending a panel he was a part of.
I am so honored to say that not only was I able to meet him, but able to meet him and see him speak so recently, as well as meet him a number of times over the years.
Marty has always been and will always be an immensely special and pivotal part of how I first fell in love with Disney, a love that has driven every action of my life ever since.
With a very heavy heart, I bid goodbye to Marty, and send thanks to the universe for him, everything he’s done for the Disney company, and everything he’s done for me.