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.”