Steve Jobs, who died this week at 56, wasn't a Disney employee, but he was part of the Disney family. Though he was world-famous as the Chairman and former CEO of Apple, he was the largest individual shareholder in the Walt Disney Company, a member of the Disney board, and the founder of Pixar Animation, which created a dozen blockbuster hits for Disney, as well as providing the inspiration for many popular attractions in the Disney theme parks.
So here's my question for you, as theme park fans. Do you think that Disney should honor Jobs with a window on Main Street?
No, he wasn't a Disney employee. Apple didn't sponsor any Disney theme park attractions. Jobs wasn't directly involved in the creation of any Disney theme park rides or shows.
But without Pixar, Disney wouldn't be the company it is today. Without Jobs' mentoring the career of John Lasseter, Disney wouldn't have its chief creative officer. And Jobs captured the imagination and earned the gratitude of the public more than any other CEO of a company in the creative arts since Walt Disney himself.
Let's hear what you think. (If you think Disney should honor Jobs, but not with a window, go ahead and vote no, then offer your suggestion in the comments.)
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And here's a challenge for you guys: What would that Window be?
If you ask me, this man belongs with the all time great figures in American history...let alone on a window at Disney. His success story is as American as they come, and a lot of people could take a lesson or two from him and his methods. Everyone should take out their Iphones, Ipads, Macs, and Ipods and read or listen to his books and biographies.
If they did put in a window, I wouldn't be against it, but feel a Disney Legend award makes the most sense.
Name ONE thing that Steve Jobs contributed to the Disney company besides money?
He ONLY bought Pixar because of their computer division! He didn't care about the animation side, UNTIL it started winning awards and making money. And he was ONLY the largest stockholder because he sold Pixar to Disney. And John Lasseter LOVED Disney long before he met Steve Jobs. He was going to have an impact NO matter what. In fact, I heard that the Pixar sale was contingent on John's continued employment.
The ONLY person that I'm aware of that was not an employee of Disney that has a window ANYWHERE is Harrison Buzz Price. But he was a contractor and had a DIRECT impact on ALL the stateside parks (including the ones that were never built).
If they want to honor Steve Jobs, give him a Disney Legend. That program is a sham anyway.
S.easonal Jobs available
Something would be nice, and probably something high tech and something the world will want to buy millions at a time, but that's a hard one.
Honor him anywhere else but for someone who didn't have much direct involvement with the entertainment arm of the company and none what so ever with the theme park arm, a window on Main Street is sacrilege.
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