Bob Thomas: Could you give me a little autobiographical background?

Joe Fowler: I’ll try to be brief. I graduated from the Naval Academy and subsequently from post-graduate work at M.I.T. in Boston. I specialized in naval architecture. [...] I had thirty-two years of active service in the Navy and went into my own business, after I retired voluntarily in 1948, in San Francisco, as a consulting engineer. [...] I had association with Stanford Research. [...] The man who was at the head of it, a fellow named C. V. Wood [...].
[...] in ’53 and Woody called me up one day and said he was bringing up a man to see me. He didn’t tell me who it was. It was Walt. [...][he was there] to talk with me about the possibility of coming down and helping build Disneyland.

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