August 2004, Flicks Gallery hosted a Mouseketeer Reunion. This shindig outshone anything that Disney had ever done as a Disneyana Convention! The talent and artists in attendance were vast and amazing. The food was great. I count myself blessed to be there, at one of the most fun weekends ever.
Johnnie Whitacker, "Jody"
Growing up, I was a little too young to remember the Mickey Mouse Club, but I enjoyed it in reruns in the 1970s. Several of my favorite childhood TV personalities were also in attendance. One of the best shows ever is Family Affair, and Johnnie Whitacker, who played Jody, twin of Buffy, and Kathy Garver, sister Cissy, were there.
The Disney talent that gathered here this weekend was amazing. Original Mouseketeers Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Sherri Alberoni, Sharon Baird and Karen Pendleton, were there.
Disney artist Bob Olszewski
There were the artists, including: Margaret Kerry, the live action model for Tinker Bell from the original 1950 Disney classic Peter Pan; Tony Anselmo, the voice of Donald Duck; Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy; artist Bob Olszewski, famous for his wonderful Disney miniature figurines including the Story Time Classics.
Kathy Garver, "Cissy"
I got to spend time with Johnnie Whitacker, Kathy Garver and Margaret Kerry. And the most amazing event happened at the evening dinner. Many of the people in attendance came with friends and clubs. We came not knowing anyone there so we were sitting at a table at the back of the room alone. Well, as blessings do come, the Mouseketeers showed up, with their buffet plates in hand, with not an empty table at which to dine – except ours.
Margaret Kerry, Tinker Bell
Next thing we knew, they saw our table, made their way through the maze of diners, and WE were spending our evening banquet WITH THE MOUSEKETEERS! Bobby, Tommy, Sherri and Sharon! All evening, we were privileged to hear wonderful stories about Walt, their families, weddings, Lawrence Welk, and it was as if I were dreaming.
I am thankful for this spectacular happening. I cherish that wonderful evening that I spent with some of the nicest people I have ever met. Thank You always Bobby, Tommy, Sherri and Sharon!
Tommy Cole, Doreen Tracey, Sherri Alberoni, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess and Karen Pendleton at Mouseketeers Reunion 2004
Artist Trevor Carlton painting to music