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Posted: Jan. 02, 2003 1:26 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo!


Disney Imagineers David Mumford (left) and Bruce Gordon (right) joined us for a Special Invited Talk about Disneyland and their book Disneyland -- the Nickel Tour: A Postcard Journey Through 40 Years of the Happiest Place On Earth.

>> David Mumford and Bruce Gordon (Disney Imagineers, authors of Disneyland -- the Nickel Tour) Invited Talk Transcript

Also see David and Bruce's official website: http://www.disneylandthenickeltour.com.



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Posted: Jan. 22, 2003 1:49 am/pm Quote

Remembering Imagineer David Mumford
Note: See 5th message in this thread for announcement of public memorial service.

Disney Imagineer David Kent Mumford helped create many attractions at Disney parks around the world, shared his love of Disney at many NFFC meetings, and is the author of many books about The Walt Disney Company and its parks and attractions. He passed away on January 20, 2003 at age 46 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank after battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and paraneoplastic pemphigus.

I join thousands of Disney fans who enjoyed David's online chats, as well as his delightful presentations with fellow Imagineer Bruce Gordon at many NFFC conventions (which I only had the opportunity to read about). I do remember the pleasure of hosting David and Bruce for a special invited talk on EMuck in what was probably their very first online chat --  to talk about Disneyland and their book Disneyland -- the Nickel Tour: A Postcard Journey Through 40 Years of the Happiest Place On Earth.
>> You can see the transcript of that special invited talk here

Also see David and Bruce's official website: http://www.disneylandthenickeltour.com.

There is more news about the passing of David Mumford and his accomplishments written by Jim Hill in his Remembering David Mumford article on his Jim Hill Media website.

Our deepest sympathy goes to David's wife Carole, family and friends in their time of loss.


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Posted: Jan. 22, 2003 6:47 am/pm Quote

Although I never met David in person, I did "meet" him on the phone and the computer, and had the honor of hosting a special invited chat on Emuck with him and Bruce Gordon. Many of my friends did know David personally and many other fellow members of mine in the NFFC have been lucky enough to have attended meetings and NFFC conventions when David and Bruce brought their special brand of Disney Magic for all to share.

Here's to you, David. You will be missed.


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Posted: Jan. 23, 2003 1:02 am/pm Quote

What sad news. Very, very sad. I had the pleasure to see many of the talks David Mumford did with Bruce Gordon at the NFFC conventions. They were always the highlights of the conventions and probably one of the biggest draws of the convention attendees. The talks were informative, but also wonderfully entertaining. I also had the pleasure to talk with David on a one on one basis a few times. He was a truly wonderful human being. He will be missed by many, many people.

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Posted: Jan. 25, 2003 9:07 am/pm Quote

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to:
  • The Ryman-Carroll Foundation
  • 315 West Ninth St., #806
  • Los Angeles, CA  90015
in David Kent Mumford's name. For more information, call the Foundation’s number at (213) 629-2787.

Here is a summary of David's career at Disney, taken from a memo which was sent to Walt Disney Imagineering employees:
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As a senior principal show set designer, David oversaw the production of working set drawings for Disney theme park attractions. David’s most recent project was Journey into Imagination with Figment at Epcot, on which he was working in Florida last spring before he became ill. But battling illness could not diminish David’s Disney contributions -- he diligently read all the proofs for his upcoming book Ellenshaw Under Glass [coming out in March, about matte artist and Disney Legend Peter Ellenshaw] from his hospital bed, according to his co-author, project director Bruce Gordon. In their spare time, David and Bruce co-authored and co-edited several books including Disneyland: The Nickel Tour; A Brush With Disney: An Artist’s Journey; Walt’s Time: From Before to Beyond (with Jeff Kurtti); and Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real (with Kevin Rafferty and Randy Webster).

David joined The Walt Disney Company in 1974 as a ride operator on the Submarine Voyage at Disneyland. His 23-year Imagineering career began in 1979 when David joined WED to work as a show set draftsman for The Land at Epcot. Over the years, David was involved with a number of attractions including Alice in Wonderland and Aladdin's Oasis at Disneyland, The Living Seas at Epcot, and the Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour and Star Tours for Tokyo Disneyland, among others.

Before his Epcot assignment, David served as art director for Mermaid Lagoon at Tokyo DisneySea. “We just invented the stuff that doesn’t exist,” said David about designing Ariel’s undersea world in three dimensions. “Things like underwater light fixtures just aren’t on the market, so we created them from pure fantasy.”

Since childhood, David was a Disney aficionado, collecting all sorts of trivia and memorabilia. His expertise as a Disney historian is well known throughout the Company and was put to use when David served as associate producer on the 1989 Disney Channel special, “The Disneyland Story.” He was a featured speaker at many Disneyana conventions and co-wrote a number of articles for national magazines, including the Disney Magazine. He also contributed to WDI’s internal publications, most recently as an online columnist for the WDI 50th anniversary series.


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Posted: Jan. 30, 2003 2:08 am/pm Quote

Website Dedicated to the Memory of David Mumford Announces Public Memorial Service

All are welcome to attend the Memorial Tribute to David Mumford to be held on Friday February 7th, 2003, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at the Decanso Gardens' Van De Kamp Hall in La Cañada, CA.

Full Story: http://www.davidmumford.com/


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Posted: Aug. 19, 2003 12:05 am/pm Quote

Michelle Smith writes in Disney Magazine

I just got the latest issue of Disney Magazine. Be sure to read the article about David Mumford written by Michelle "Fabulous Disney Babe" Smith, which Michelle kindly asked me to help contribute to. I'm proud to have been one of the people who had the pleasure of hosting David and his fellow Imagineer & friend Bruce Gordon during a live, online chat on EMuck.com.

This Fall 2003 issue of Disney Magazine also has tributes to Mickey Mouse, a report on Epcot's Mission:SPACE, a look at the career of Mary Blair, and more. Full details..


And if you order a subscription to Disney Magazine after clicking here you'll be helping the Disney Echo.

The Subscription is via Amazon.com.


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