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THE ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN

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2014 - My most recent interview - all 2.5 hours (!) of it.

  http://www.stusshow.com/archives.php?y=2014

 

 

Another Mouseketeer has left us:  Dick Dodd (Mouseketeer Dickie, first season 1955) passed away on November 30 after a brave battle with cancer.  As the drummer and lead vocalist for The Standells, Dick became well-known in west coast and national rock circles in the early 60s.

"Dirty Water" was their 1966 hit, with which Dick was involved as the drummer, singer and lyricist, was revived in the 1990s when the Boston Red Sox adopted it as their unofficial victory anthem, played after every home game win. In 2004 and 2007, Dick and The Standells performed at Fenway Park during the American League Championship series and World Series singing "The National Anthem" and" Dirty Water."

Although very ill, Dickie eagerly watched the 2013 World Series from his hospital bed, and had the chance to hear "Dirty Water" at Fenway when the Sox once again became world champions on October 30, 2013.

First season Mouseketeers Dick Dodd and Mary Espinosa Goff in Dickie's hospital room in early November 2013.  Dick and Mary were the only two Hispanics on the MMC [or anywhere else on TV at that time], and Mary wrote that she thought of Dickie as a "little brother."  While they did not see each other much over the years, they reunited at the June 2013 Disney Studios memorial for Annette and Mary has been there frequently along with family and friends by Dick's side for the last few weeks. Photo courtesy Mary E. Goff.

 

 

 

Diane Disney Miller, Walt’s daughter, was instrumental in the  building and finalization of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, which opened in 2004, and in addition she saved architect Frank Gehry’s original, unique, fanciful design.  

Diane was even  more prominent a force in The Walt  Disney Family Museum that opened in San Francisco in 2009. 

Survived by her husband Ron Miller, a former head of Disney Studio, and their seven children, Mrs. Miller died on November 19, 2013 of complications from a fall. 

She carried on her dad’s name with a welcoming and constant style.

 

 

 

 

 

undated photo

You can view my tribute
to Annie
, annette funicello,

see the 1994 interview for her autobiography mentioning our youthful romance the first season,  watch a couple videos and see the photos from the late Cheryl's surprise 1990s birthday party for Annie at:

 Remembering Annette 

 

You can also visit pages for Don Grady:
Remembering Don Grady
and Bonnie Lynn Fields:
A Dancer's Dancer - Bonnie Lynn Fields.

 

 

AND NOW...FOR SOMETHING

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT !!

 

                                       

                    WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO MOUSEKETEER!

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In dance class I hung out with the GIRLS!

 

 

1948

Buster the Beetle

on

"The Enchanted Lady" a radio show for children.

Radio shows were often done live and with an audience; otherwise how could my mom make me wear that insulting outfit?

As you can tell by my attitude, I was not pleased!

Of course, one may infer that I started with antennae and worked my way up to EARS! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as I got back to dressing myself, everything started to work out much better.

No, she was not really French but that was NOT THE POINT!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was three years ahead in school so it is no surprise that way before high school I got along well with high school girls!

My Gifts to Museums and Libraries

I have been an inveterate library patron since the stacks at UCLA for my first graduate degree: 1962-64.   On the road with a play or any appearance as well as where I live, I have always sought museums and discovered wonderful things, like a rare Bosch triptych and a very good sculpture by Kahlil Gibran in a small artifact preservation site in Norfolk, VA.  As a way of acknowledging these institutions, I chose to make some specific gifts. 

Of course, both of my books, Confessions of an Accidental Mouseketeer and TWO FOR THE SHOW: Great 20th Century Comedy Teams (an overview of the birth, life and end of comedy teams from 1898 to 1985, updated to 2000 in paperback) are available in libraries across the country.

Expanding on that, and in addition to charities and non-profit contributions, there are nine museums and libraries in the U.S. that have other donated materials, most of which are accessible in person - some online.

The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA 

. . . has my first produced play, the two act comedy Over the Hill, which had its world premiere in Hollywood, CA in the early '80s.

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. 

 . . . has over 67 items from my 65+ years in theatre, film, television, radio, live performance, commercials, voice-overs and industrial films. The majority are from the original Mickey Mouse Club (1955-59). My Mouseketeer EARS from the 1980 25th Anniversary TV Special, in which I served as a WGAw writer and one of the hosts, 25 Years of Mouseketeers, were put on display with a Dumbo car from the Disneyland Ride in 2009. My poetry collection, books and DVD are also part of this collection.

The Paley Center for Media in New York City (for 31 years this was known as the Museum of Television and Radio) has my writing and DVD.

Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications  

. . . has a viewable DVD from the early 1980s, which may also be purchased, original MMC clips and the second version of the show, followed by a Q & A with me and Allison Fonte, who was one of the stars of the short-lived 1970s version of the MMC.

early 80s location

artist rendering of proposed new MBC

The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA 

. . .  has much of my over thirty year epistolary -- meaning written, mailed correspondence as opposed to email -- relationship with the late novelist, short story author, poet, composer and translator Paul Bowles from 1968-1999. Tangier was the home of the expatriate but he taught an English Literature course in the “Existentialist Novel” that I took while working on my Ph.D. in California. Our communications continued until his death, whether he was back home in Tangier or elsewhere. The Huntington has one of the best collections of American authors in the world. They also have my poetry, books and DVD.

UCLA Film and Television Archive in the classic Powell Library on the campus in Westwood (Los Angeles, CA) 

. . . has my writing and DVD. I achieved my MA in Theatre Arts from UCLA and a print interview for the Industry segment of their website is accessible at http://www.tft.ucla.edu/profiles/industry/lonnie-burr_mouseketeer/

Do the lights remind you of anything?

Thousand Oaks( CA) Library Foundation - Special Collections

. . . has copies of my 23 half- hour radio drama scripts as a staff member of the long running drama Heartbeat Theatre, heard on over 500 stations in America, as well as two of my plays, which I cut and rewrote for one hour radio play for American Radio Theatre, hitting over 300 stations. All of these performances have been translated to CDs that may be heard. I included one rewritten script with notes and changes for anyone interested in the writing format and style of this medium. Thousand Oaks has one of the largest collections of radio scripts and performances in the U.S.

Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center of Boston University in Massachusetts 

B. U. has my decade long epistolary exchange with “new” critic, novelist, non-fiction book writer, essayist, educator and occasional film actor, the late Leslie Fiedler, along with my memoir and DVD. Leslie and I never met in person and he thought it peculiar that I was a part of what he called the “mythic” original Mickey Mouse Club. We discussed his writing and mine.

 

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My mom (left) chatting with Ruth Dodd in the mid '50s.

1980 the Beach house - Seacliff, CA

Mom and Gram and fur lap blanket in the mid-'80s. Gram lived to be 105!

Diane and I grace the cover of Elle magazine >> at least that's our story!

To my knowledge, I have the only Mouseketeer Chasen's card in existence.  Chasen's, which catered to the stars, was famous for its chili and chose to avoid credit card fees by billing their patrons monthly -- quite an end-of-meal surprise to the tourists and out-of-towners who arrived with  wallets filled with plastic and no cash.

 Fellow cast member John Fitzgibbon stands between me and my love interest in the play "Tamara" (Shelly Hack - playing the title role) at the play's 1989 New Year's Eve party in Hollywood. John never overdressed.

As the world-weary Billy Early in a Hollywood revival of No, No, Nanette!
P.S. I used one of my dad's ties from the 1940s.

 

 

Nostalgia: two of my early dancing partners: my first televised dancing while I continued my changing roles on the children's radio show: The Enchanted Lady  in 1948.
Some of my ballet showed in this tap routine  - center photo - when I was seven in 1950.

Now and Again - Writings by Lonnie Burr 

Includes my most recent POEM, Puerile Lies, and two  of my published and awarded SHORT STORIES.  

 

HORSE TURNS INTO MOUSE!!!

A thoroughbred horse who won the EMERALD CUP and other professional races is named
THE MOUSEKETEER.
You may follow the horse's future exploits via GOOGLE.  

 

MOUSEKETEER CONDOLEEZA RICE  

In her first memoir, former Secretary of State  Condoleeza Rice mentions that she and her parents always watched TV together and had a family ritual of putting on their Mouseketeer Ears, watching the original Mickey Mouse Club, and singing along.

In the VERY segregated South, she writes that they once made a white insurance agent wait on the porch while they finished watching our show!

Remember that the original MMC was seminal and ground breaking in 1955 with black kids on Talent Roundup  Friday, two Hispanics on season one (Mary Espinosa & Dickie Dodd - no relation to Jimmie) AND a number of children who were Jewish and Catholic. When JFK ran for the Presidency in 1960 many said he could not be elected because he was a Catholic!!!

Now we have Americamelot with second term President Barack Obama, his stylish, education, health and fitness  oriented wife Michelle, and their two daughters.

HISTORY BYTES

 
I began acting, dancing and singing professionally at age 5 in 1948 and just and at 11 became Mouseketeer Lonnie. After an M.A. in Theatre at 20, I returned to performing and added writing, directing, choreography and occasional stints as an educator to my career pursuits. Some of the stars and other celebrities with whom I have worked as an  entertainer include:
   
                                


Jimmy Stewart
Elvis Presley
Roy Rogers
Eddie Cantor
Shelley Hack
Bob Hope
Sammy Davis
Robin Williams
Dinah Shore
Danny Kaye
Jean Claude Van Damme
Clayton Moore (Lone Ranger)
Ed Wynn
Carol Channing
Robert Preston
Julia Roberts
Jack Benny
Scatman Carothers
Shirley MacLaine
Dick Van Dyke
John Ritter

 

 

Ginger Rogers
Paul Winfield
Charlie Ruggles
Bernadette Peters
Jock Mahoney
Abbott & Costello
Hayley Mills
Donald O'Connor
Cesar Romero
Dean Martin
Buddy Ebsen
Pat Boone
Jimmy Durante
Charles Coburn
Christian Bale
Billy Crystal
Jerry Lewis
Angela Lansbury
Eddie Fisher
Paul Williams
Joel Grey

 

...and some of the Directors, Producers, Composers, Choreographers and Conductors
with whom I have worked are:  

Cecil B. de Mille
Joseph Losey
Steven Spielberg
Walt Disney
Charles Vidor
Bob Fosse
Gower Champion

John Williams
Mark Shaiman
Jerry Herman
Alan Menken
Buddy Baker
Sherman Brothers

 

Twyla Tharp
Vincent Paterson
Dee Dee Wood
Larry Fuller
Kenny Ortega
Joe Layton
Louis daPron

 

 

 

 

Gulling on the Santa Barbara Pier.

 

 

Undercover at the Louvre, 2006. 

 

 


Penguin lineup at the san diego zoo. [Very mature Penguins lose their black and white coloring and appear somewhat grey.]

 

 

Suspicious butterfly near Arlington, VA
[at least according to the C.I.A.]
The  'HOOK' vest was a "wrap" gift from Dustin Hoffman! 

 

 


There are now
70+, cartoons, so even if you've seen some of them, it's probably time for another look!

Mouseketeer Harley, in his original ears, says..."be sure to look at the Mouseketeer  CARTOON Page".  

He added, "Do you know a good orthodontist???"

 

 

Note: The artist's signature reads "Hallman '89"

 

Have a look at
The MMC Costume Page 

 

for all the bizarre younger fashions!

To see the photos of Annette's birthday party in 1995 that appeared in one of the updates, visit

  

ANNETTE'S PARTY AT CHERYL'S

Old Archives pages you  requested - all the way back to 2001!

And last but not least: Link here to the MMC 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW  

  • If you haven't already - check out Before & After MMC for a biography, vintage photos  and resume of the very early performing I did (1948-1955) before the MMC, including an Oscar winning film, a few TV "classics" and a commercial that many of the 60+ gang may remember. My latest acting/writing/choreographic and directing credits are here as well. Another memory lane trip is Scrapbook  - all photos!

 

  • Take a look at Special Offers for a >>> --- REDUCED, NEW, good deal on my original memoir, Confessions of An Accidental Mouseketeer and/or my  extended DOUBLE DVD! > 4.5+ hours including scads of things you've never seen before! Give someone else (or yourself) a mouseka-present.     All items personally signed - unless you don't want me to - but be warned >>>>>> that NOT signing costs extra (;--)) !  

 

  • The Roll Call page: Some issues here with our guestbook provider -- new Roll Call page up soon.  In the meantime, reach me at lonniemmcataoldotcom.

 

  • Finally, if you want to correspond with me, but  DO NOT WANT TO SHARE YOUR e-mail address with other fans, contact me at Lonniemmcataoldot com.  

                                                Lonnie

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