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First of all, your Website is screech! - but what
else could one expect
from the descendants of such a motley crew! Tho I'd suspect that
any red-blooded 'Merican cowboy would object to the
comparison. (Don't know about the Aussies; suspect your 'proper' Austrian
progenitors are mightily embarrassed. But that's their problem.) My family
gets distinctly embarrassed by me!
To the heart of the matter. I read your article in "Let's
I literally bumbled my way on to your fascinating page. I have long
familiar with the work of Dick Huemer -- and have actually already read
a few of the articles included on the site -- and I find this collection
of pages about him very touching and funny. [Ward Kimball's Annie
speech is classic Kimballese.]
For many years, I completely associated the name of Dick Huemer with
Disney. When I was growing up, I loved a little yellow-colored 45 rpm
record of the Mouse story "The Whatzis and The Whozis." Dick Huemer is
credited on the record as the author. This stuck deeply in the misshapen
brain of a child of the 'fifties, and for years I naturally assumed that
Mr. Huemer was Walt Disney's right hand guy; the person who wrote and
drew all the Disney cartoons and comic books, as Uncle Walt was clearly
too busy to do them himself anymore. This delusion, er, illusion ran
so deeply in me that when the Disneyland tv program would feature other
animators or artists from the studio, I automatically assumed that Mr.
Huemer was a reticent, modest fellow who wanted the people who worked
under him to get some of the limelight.
Obviously, this wasn't the case. But he seems to have been a fine man.
And, judging from the evidence of this website, he raised a great