Published: July 29, 2013 at 6:32 PMA new podcast! Marty "A coaster is just a coaster but great stories last forever" Sklar!!! Wow! Wow! Wow! Robert... I mean, Mr. Niles, you were always a superstar in my eyes, but now the whole world knows it! Kudos! I can't wait to listen to the podcast while I jog tomorrow!
Published: July 29, 2013 at 7:29 PMJust listened to your interview with Marty Sklar. What a way to start with your inaugural podcast. I've put the feed in iTunes and I'm looking forward to hearing more interviews.
Published: July 29, 2013 at 9:42 PMI enjoyed reading the transcript. It's true-- you could visit the various Disney parks a hundred times, read their promotional materials, read their blog, etc., and you'd not come across the names of people like Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, and John Hench.
Robert, I read someone's suggestion that Marty Sklar's book would be more interesting to read if it had not been published by Disney, but by a third party publisher, as Disney tends to sanitize what it written about the company whenever it can. Obviously you've already read the book, but do you have any reaction to that criticism?
Published: July 30, 2013 at 3:59 AMMarty is, and always be, a member of Walt's team. He supports his team, win or lose, though he'll own up to a loss after the fact (see his comments on California Adventure and Disney Studio Paris). I don't think a different publisher would have made much of a difference. If anything, he might have been less comfortable working with an "outsider."
Published: July 30, 2013 at 7:56 AMHi Robert, excellent piece, so good in fact, I just pre-ordered the book!
Published: July 31, 2013 at 6:47 AMFantastic interview Robert! Insighful questions and absolutely candid answers from one of the greats. Good job!