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Do people know Rolly Crump? Perhaps not the person but you may have seen his work. Before becoming a Disney Legend for Imagineering, he served as a creative force behind the initial concept of the Haunted Mansion, the Enchanted Tiki Room, Disneyland's installation of It's a Small World, Epcot's Land Pavilion and dozens of other projects. But, it was an on-again/off-again relationship over the decades and this is detailed in his memoirs.
Often, I use the term "self-exemplary" in conjunction with works associated with Imagineering. Rolly Crump's storytelling fits the self-exemplary description well. Chapters are aligned mostly chronologically as biographies tend to be, but he also layers them along thematic lines. The thematic lines focus on particular projects in depth and strike the difficult-to-achieve balance between interesting detail and tedious detail.
For the Disney fan, there is plenty to enjoy. However, the non-Disney portions provide enjoyment as well.
Walt Disney played favorites and favorites like Rolly Crump suffered backlash when the founder died. This contributed to his periodic breaks from the company. Rolly Crump shows himself as a creative, temperamental and sometimes naughty artist. Readers will be surprised with some of the things he got away with including giving Walt a rock with the recipient's favorite cuss word painted it on it, driving his car through Disneyland during closures and riding a motorcycle through the office to drop off a secretary at her desk.
Additionally, a refreshing level of honesty permeates the tales especially with projects that did not work to his satisfaction and with his heated, but respectful disagreements with another Disney Legend, John Hench.
The book is packed with images like this along with personal photos, newspaper clippings and letters. If one were to purchase it solely for the source material in the pictures, it would easily suit that requirement. But, the words are what link all of them together and the stories are more than just cute. They lend insight into the creative process as a whole.