Jim fondly recalls the Disney Legend and his incredible contributions to the Disney parks.
The death of Imagineer and Disney Legend Marty Sklar, on July 27 at age 83, took everyone by surprise, especially since he had appeared a little more than a week earlier at the D23 Expo as part of a roundtable discussion with no indication of any problems.
Disney historian Didier Ghez might have put it best when he wrote that one of the greatest losses from Sklar's unexpected passing was all the stories that would now be left untold.
Sklar's decades-long connection with the Disney Company spanned several generations and many achievements. He was one of the few remaining people left who knew and worked closely with Walt Disney.
He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2001 and was given a window on Main Street at Disneyland in 2009 upon his official retirement. That window is located on City Hall where he worked in the publicity department for the park. Etched on his window is the Latin phrase, "Id Somniate. ld Facite." which means "Dream It. Do It."