R.I.P. Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar

THR reports: “Legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar passed away in his Hollywood Hills home on Thursday. He was 83. Over a career that spanned 54 years, Sklar worked closely with Disney founder Walt Disney, helping him to shape and realize his creative vision and was integral to the development of Disney’s theme parks. 

“Born in New Brunswick, N.J., in 1934, Sklar’s career at Disney began 1955, while still in college, when he was recruited to create The Disneyland News paper for the recently opened Anaheim theme park. After graduating from UCLA in 1956, Sklar joined Disney full time and would work closely with the founder, scripting Walt Disney’s speeches and developing marketing materials for Walt Disney World and Epcot.

“Sklar would cement his Disney legacy by becoming the company’s top Imagineer, helping to create and develop theme parks around the world for over three decades. He supervised the design and construction of huge projects like Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris and was one of the few people at Disney to have attended the opening of all of the company’s parks, including Shanghai Disneyland last year.

“He retired as executive vice president and Imagineering ambassador on July 17, 2009, Disneyland’s 54th birthday. For his pivotal role in the history of the company, Sklar was named a Disney Legend in 2001.

“Sklar is survived by his wife of 60 years, Leah; son Howard and his wife, Katriina Koski-Sklar; grandchildren Gabriel and Hannah; daughter Leslie; and grandchildren Rachel and Jacob.”

Let’s close this post out with some inspiring advice from this great man:

“Curiosity is key – always ask the questions why, when, where, etc.”

“If you haven’t failed, you’re not doing anything new – you’re just copying what you did last time.”

“You must have a passion for excellence and a drive to top what you did last time.”


FOUR EYES - photography: Nicolas Kantor - fashion editor / styling: Catherine Newell Hanson - hair: Tina Outen - makeup: Erin Parsons - manicure: Eri Handa - Teen Vogue December 2016

models: Alexis Kapaun, Allie Barrett, Florence Kosky, Kyle Kellogg, Magdalena Jasek, Rhiannon McConnell & Sophie Koella



“Four Eyes” feat. Allie Barrett, Rhiannon McConnell, Sophie Koella, Florence Kosky, Kyle Kellogg, Naleye Junior Dolmans and Magdalena Jasek by Nicolas Kantor with styling from Catherine Newell-Hanson x the December 2016 issue of Teen Vogue
Hair by Tina Outen and makeup by Erin Parsons


13 Vintage Halloween Songs from the 1910s, 20s, & 30s

01. This House is Haunted, Roy Fox (1934)
02. At The Devil’s Ball, Maurice Burkhart (1913)
03. Bogey Wail, Jack Hylton (1929)
04. The Skeleton Rag, American Quartet (1912)
05. The Boogie Man Is Here, Tom Gerun (1929)
06. Undertaker’s Blues, Helen Gross & The Kansas City Five (1924)
07. With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm, Cyril Smith (1934)
08. That Syncopated Boogie-Boo, The Premier Quartet (1913)
09. Strange Enchantment, Ozzie Nelson & Rose Anne Stevens (1939)
10. The Ghost of the St. Louis Blues, Bob Skyles & His Skyrockets (1930)
11. Spooky Spook, Victor Military Band (1917)
12. Spider Web Blues, Victoria Spivey (1926)
13. The Ghost of the Terrible Blue, The Peerless Quartet (1915)

* Playlist graciously uploaded by Lindsay Koski.


Gunner Xalli’hion

Xall is the oldest in the crew (relative to overall lifespan), originally a trained guard in Illiad, they later abandoned that to go be a deep-sea fisher to see more places. Xall mans the ballista at the bow of the ship and has extraordinarily detailed knowledge of the Undersea sea monsters. They and Abbie share a bond in that they never fit in with Illithid society. Tho a bit grouchy, they’re loyal and has a good sense of humor (and does enjoy teasing).