Most people don’t realize that Disney himself was of Irish ancestry. His forebears came from County Kilkenny. Walt’s Great Grandfather, Arundel Disney, moved to Canada in the 1830’s. Walt’s Grandfather, Kepple, was actually born in Ireland just before the move. Later, the Disney clan would move to the Midwestern U.S. to seek their fortune.
It was there that Walt was raised with a keen appreciation for his Irish background, which would continue throughout his life. (Take a good look at any photos of Walt, you’ll notice that he only wore two pieces of jewlery, his wedding ring on one hand and an Irish Claddagh ring on the other. The “Partners” statue in the Disney parks also feature Walt wearing this tribute to his heritage.)
Happy Anniversary to Ed and Allison Lucas!
On March 10, 2006, the happy couple made history by becoming the very first (and only) couple to be married at home plate in historic Yankee Stadium.
Nobody had ever been allowed to be married on that hallowed ground. The Yankees had a strict prohibition on it. Lucky for Ed and Allison, “The Boss”, owner George Steinbrenner, considered them family.
Mr. Steinbrenner lifted the ban one time only.
He also went well beyond.
One week before the wedding, Yankee Stadium was covered in snow. An early March storm and frigid weather seemed like it might put a chill in the wedding plans.
Mr. Steinbrenner had his grounds crew clear the field and set the Stadum up for the wedding just like it was Opening Day.
Here is a video that was produced about Ed’s life following his historic Yankee Stadium wedding in March 2006.
One of the biggest themes in the book “Seeing Home” is the power of writing letters.
Ed’s Mom wrote letters to famous players in an effort to help lift him from his depression after he was struck blind.
Ed did the same when he was trying to make connections to start his career.
In both cases, it worked. For the cost of a stamp, their worlds changed.
Letter writing has become a lost art. Fan letters, especially, have become rare. Most people today communicate with their favorite celebrities by posting on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
That’s why it was so nice to read a recent story about a fan letter that one of Saturday Night Live’s newest cast members got in the mail. It was delivered on Presidential stationery.
Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story is still about seven weeks away from publication, but the reviews are already coming in.
We are proud to post the very first one, from the esteemed KIRKUS review of books, which as been giving their opinions on books for the past 82 years.
Our thanks to them for such a great review.
KIRKUS BOOK REVIEWS: SEEING HOME
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The following is the rough draft of a second, longer, trailer for “Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story.”
The vocal track is a temporary scratch track and will be replaced.
We would like your opinion on the video itself.
How does it make you feel? Does it convey the story? Is it too long? Is it too short? What would you add? What would you take out?
Thanks in advance for your comments, friends. They are very helpful.
Note Dame was my grandfather’s favorite college. He faithfully rooted for the Fighting Irish, listening to their games on the radio during the glory years of Knute Rockne and The Gipper that built the little school from Indiana into a powerhouse.
As a result, they’ve always held a special place in my heart, even though I didn’t attend the school myself.
Do you remember the movie where Michael Keaton (sometimes known as Batman) was desperately rooting for the Boston Red Sox to win the 1986 World Series, while Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man’s living embodiment) was pulling for the New York Mets?
You’re not alone.