True Life Adventure Comics 1 & 2
The amazing tale of the how Chief and I met plus plenty more TRUE stories from the Magic Kingdom!
Just like real life!
I almost typed that this would be the last post for Mesa Verde Times. I'm not going to do that because you never know what'll show up in future as we learned the other day. This blog, folks, has been the absolute highlight of my entire life. I've been through many adventures and many struggles but Mesa Verde Times always comes back to keep me going and so does Ed.
Most of you have no idea that Ed and I hadn't talked to each other for five years when I started this blog. We had a falling out over something crazy and acted like idiots to one another. I started this blog and then reached out to him to join me in posting this adventure and it healed our friendship. It also galvanised it. I was extremely lucky to gain his friendship back and enjoy his company for a short time before cancer took him away. All because of this grand adventure.
Now I'm alone in posting these forgotten pictures but I feel like he's seeing them too and reading my posts from somewhere in the great beyond. I keep expecting the phone to ring and he says "Nice post, Man! That was funny as hell". I keep expecting to see his comments on it shedding more light on the subject. Someday.
I'd like to thank every single person who ever read this blog and felt inspired by it. Hell, I'll even thank the people who hated it for giving us fun comments to read. Ed loved to meet people and answer questions about our adventures. He loved to spread the joy of it all.
You made a hero out of Ed Barlow. You made him feel important as a true Disney fan. A Disney Cult Legend. A title that he was very proud of. I thank every one of you "Last of the Cool People".
- Dave "Hoot Gibson" Ensign
The last Picture of Hoot and Chief
I know at one point I posted the picture of the Zero G bicycle girl but this pic of Fonz Behind the set was never shared.
Here we have Fonz and myself entering the Space Shuttle scene. You may remember the floating luggage in the lower right corner.
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Most of these pictures are of Fonz and me. The only reason I can imagine that Chief would have omitted them would be because it would have taken too long to blur his face out of every one. You see, Fonz got hired at Disney right after these pictures were taken. From time to time I see him around and he thanks me for not outing him as part of this particular tomfoolery.
That doesn't explain why I had copies of some of the pictures in this envelope...................
I recognized these as being from the first trip in which "Bionic Fonzie" joined us. As you may recall, the fonz, had the best Horizons info site on the World Wide Web. I enjoyed it very much so I decided to invite him along on one of our trips. I felt like Captain Nemo when he says to the Professor "Your works are brilliant but the real story begins where you left off"
Sure as hell, I was looking at a roll of pictures that were taken in 1997. Images that I never would have thought existed. It was like seeing another chapter in a story you wrote yourself and there I was, 29 years old, running around a Disney attraction with a video camera and my best friend.
The strangest thing that ever happened came a couple of weeks ago when I went over to Chief's moms house to pick up some more of his belongings that she thought I'd like. She's always right I love anything that reminds me of my old friend. This time was a bit different. She gave me a plastic box with a bunch of Paul F. Anderson cassette tapes and a pack of photos mixed in with tons of other stuff.