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Just checked the updates, they are great, I wonder if other fans realize that, as the closing song from the MMC says " Through the years we'll all be friends" that this holds true as long as there are old MMC fans living. I just wish Disney would have another reunion. Ralph from Tn.
I know this is going to sound weird, but when I was a kid the Mickey Mouse Club was my life. I mean I lived it and breathed it. I wanted a pair of "ears" more than anything in this world, and going to Disneyland was a faraway something to dream about.
My family was poor, and I remember living in a little house built onto a small grocery store. Life was not all that great at my house, but when the Mouseketeers came on, it was my time to be happy. I would dance and sing along. I followed all the stories - Spin and Marty, etc. And, of course, I adored Annette. I wanted to be just like her when I grew up.
Well, I am grown up. I'm not poor any more. I am married to a lawyer and have my own little web design company, but I'm here to tell you that I can't do a thing to this day that makes me feel as good as those few minutes I spent every day with you guys.
Thank you for a bright spot in my life which I will carry with me for as long as I live.
Very well done. I still wish y'all were around for my kids to see again good luck in the future.
Hi! I wasn't around when the original MMC was first on the air...I'm only 14 now, but I want to say that I LOVE the show...I've watched reruns on the Disney Channel for as long as I can remember...I taped a LOT of them on video, and watched them over and over. I guess you could say I was obsessed! But I think that it's really cool that you have made a website, and I love finding out more stuff about all the Mousketeers! By the way, can you tell me how Annette is doing? I really would appreciate it. Thanks. -Molly from Kalamazoo, Michigan
Remembering happy days....the original MMC can never be equalled. Thank you for reminding us of a simpler, joyous time.
I remember all the cute kids on the original mickey mouse club. I fell in love with the hardy boys: Tim Considine and Tommy Kirk. Any one that knows how I can meet them in person one day, please email me at once at: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks Diane
Lonnie, glad to hear from you again, thanks for the update..I really enjoyed visiting this site...looking forward in the near future to visit the original Disneyland and the new addition..hope you and family are doing well..goodluck.. and best of luck to Darlene and Annette.. Darlene is still my sweetheart...Wayne
Just stumbled on your page!
It's great! You were my favorite! (Please accept that in the most flattering sense. We're both a little old NOW for "false intimacy.")
I was so excited the other night while cable surfing when I happened on the Disney Channel just before the airing of what was billed as the MMC Reunion Show. I thought it strange that there could possibly be a one in a non-milestone year, but then I realized that this was a rerun of the 25th anniversary reunion.
I don't guess there will be a 50th, what with Annette being so ill and and Mike having have passed, but I would sure love to see the rest of you again.
Have you any idea what happened to Jay-Jay? My understanding was that he couldn't be found, but I find that hard to believe. Best, Stacy
P.S. If you're interested, I'll recount my meeting wtih Jimmy Dodd at a promotional appearance in Minneapolis.
Lonnie: Just a note to tell you how wonderfully your site has developed. You and Diane should be proud of the work you've done to create this well-organized, enjoyable site. Steve
HI LONNIE I FINALLY TOOK THE TIME TO SAY HI,YOUR BOOK WAS GREAT AS YOU SAID I WOULD BE. YOUR PICTURE ARE GREAT THEY BRING BACK SO MANY GREAT TIMES I REMEMBER BACK IN 1955 THE FIRST TIME I SAW ANNETTE O GOD WHAT A GIRL I FELL I LOVE WITH HER RIGHT AWAY AT THE OLD AGE OF 10 AND WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HER AND YOU SAID SHE WAS YOUR FIRST GIRLFRIEND I THOUGHT WHAT A GREAT THING I THINK I WILL AWAYS HAVE A PIECE OF MY HEART FOR HER.IN YOUR PICTURES OF HER, SHE LOOK SO GOOD. NOW I KNOW WHY WE ALL FELL FOR HER, THANKS FOR THE GREAT TIMES WE HAD ON THE SHOW I MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THERE IN PERSON,BUT I WAS THERE IN MIND GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR LOVELY WIFE AND OURS AND MY ANNETTE MIKE NICKEL
Lonnie, I met you in the summer of 1957 when the piano orchestra known as the PianoCade of Charleston SC appeared on a Talent Roundup segment. I was the one along with a young girl that received the coveted Mouse ears and cowboy hat from you and the rest of the Mouseketeers. I don't know if you even remember our group, but we had a wonderful time that summer in Burbank, and all the Mouseketeers were just great to us. I especially have great memories of having lunch in the cafeteria with Darlene, Annette, and Doreen. Talk about a dream date!!! I have been trying to find a video/tape of my performance, but haven't had any luck. If you could point me in the right direction I would really appreciate it. If you aren't able to answer this e-mail, then that's alright also. Just knowing and working with you and the others was the highlight of my youth.
Best Personal Regards, Phil Odom
Congrats for winning and being on the show. Many people don't realize you had to compete to achieve that role. I'm glad to hear it was a salutary experience and you have pleasant memories from the MMC experience.
Finding one segment out of, approximately 335, is problematic but I suggest you go first to www.mousestars.com and access merchandise, which will lead you to a way of getting the cassettes Disney made of some of the shows. I am not sure of what shows are on those cassettes but perhaps they have a "bible" and can look it up for you.
If not on the cassettes, the only thing I can think of is to contact the Disney Studio, maybe the archives.
I'm answering here because your em (e-mail) address would not function. What is @dc.com?
HELLO, LONNIE YOUR WEBSITE IS VERY NICE, I ENJOY THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB VERY MUCH, YOU WHERE ALSO ONE ON MY FAVORITE MOUSEKETEERS, I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE DOING SO WELL FOR YOUR SELF. WOULD YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER WEBSITE OF THE MOUSEKEETER?
THANK YOU, YOUR FAN ROSEMARY ALICEA
enjoyed you site, the photos on the mickey mouse club sure brings back old old times sitting around the tv and watching the show
I LOVE THE DISNEY CHANNEL!
Hi Lonnie, Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mike and I really enjoy watching The Mickey Mouse Club and Annette & Darlene are my favorites. Look forward to new news in the future! Mike O'Donnell Pottstown,Pennsylvainia
I'm 19 years old. I'm just discovering The Mickey Mouse Club. I love it! I watch it at night on the Disney Channel.
I am an African American and I remember, from the original series in the 1950's, at least one talent round-up wherein the guest was a Black child. I think she did gymnastics. Can you help me identify this episode?
Hi Lonnie Loved your site. I have kept up with your career for so many years, with the help of my mother, and yours that I haven't seen some of these pictures. I grew up with watching The Mouseketeer's still enjoy reading about them. I have always enjoyed seeing, and hearing about you the most. BMorgan
Dear Lonnie, Thanks so much for offering the Roll Call. I would really love to correspond with Karen Pendleton. Any chance that she will write to any of her fans? Does she have a website? Do you happen to know which prison Darlene is in? Is there a way to write to her at the prison? Sincerely, Patricia
i think the original mickey mouse club should be on at an earlier time (pst) as my toddler really enjoys watching it. thanks for keeping the magic alive
My great uncle was a mousketeer. His name is Dennis. Does anyone remember him or know of any sites that have him in them. If so please e-mail me! Thank you!
Lonnie, I watched the show during the very first week that it was on the air! The week of October3, 1955. Any word on when or if The Disney Channel will be showing more episodes of the show? They've been showing the very same episodes over and over again for the last approximately four years. I'd sure like to see some of the shows where the various days of the week are featured and not the very same shows that they showed during the 40th anniversary celebration. How about the hour long shows? Have any idea when or if these will ever be shown again? About two or three summers ago they showed one weeks' worth and they were so great. In my heart I will be a mouseketeer forever. I would really like to hear from you, Lonnie, or any other Mickey Mouse Club fans. Thank you very much for such a wonderful site. Tom in Texas.
A valuable service to your old (Heavens!!!We Are Getting Old, Aren't We??!!) MMC fans. Glad to see your site and feel free to let me know of any and all upcoming events or news.
Been a few years and a lot of water under the bridge since the mid 1950's, but I'm still one of your biggest and most loyal fan around. I hope to see a lot of the old gang from now on and like to know how everyone is doing.
Do you know, or do you know of any way to find out, if a Harvey "Chip" Tudor was ever a mouseketeer?
thanks for checking katie
I use to watch MMC everyday. I would make it a point to be home at the exact time it came on. Loved every minute of it.
This web site makes me mouseke-happy.
Hi Lonnie, What great fun to take a stroll down memory lane with you. I am getting ready to go to Ky. in Aug. for my 40 year class reunion. We have formed an e-group site on yahoo for our classmates and believe it or not your name has come up many times amongst the girls. Swoon...... Thanks for the memories and if your home (Louisville,KY) in Aug. drop in at Seneca's 40th..Wouldn't we love that!! Jan, Portland, OR
I was very pleased to find your internet site, and to see that you have done well. Your biography was interesting. I had never heard nor read anything of the lives of any of the Mouseketeers prior to the show. You are indeed very tallented, in many areas. The Mouseketeers was one of my very favorite shows when I was growing up. I am 54 now and have nine grandchildren who are about the age I was when I used to watch The Mouseketeer Show. So, you were in Hook? I will have to watch it again and look for you. Can you give me a hint as to which character you played, or do I have to figure it out myself? Judging by the photographs you provided in your short biography it may be difficult to pick you out of the cast, you make such a great character change.
Thanks Lonnie for bringing back a lot of happy memories, when life was simpler. I was a big fan of the MMC and really enjoy hearing about the behind the scenes stories. Keep up the good work and best wishes.
Mickey Mouse Club, Mickey Mouse Club! Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me? M-I-C, K-E-Y, M-O-U-S-E! Hey there mouseketeers! I was born between the two clubs so I first began by seeing reruns of the original club that my mother watched as a child and then, at age 12, the New Mickey Mouse Club was aired. I loved them both and Disney! I was raised on Disney! My whole family would rush to finish baths on Sunday night so that we could be sitting around the TV by 7pm to see the Wonderful World of Disney! I can't wait to take my boys (ages 4 and 6) to Disney World and someday Disneyland (Disney World is closer, we live on the east coast). Plus I need a new set of ears (with a bow on top) mine were lost sometime between ages 7 and 35! M-I-C See ya real soon! K-E-Y Why? Because we like you! M--O--U--S--E!
It was great seeing all of you at Flicks. It was like a dream come true. I dragged my husband with me. (flew in from NY). In the end, he said he had the time of his life , too. Hope you have more reunions.
Great site, terrific photos. Just wanted to let you know. Heather
Hi Lonnie! What a nice webpage! I am 55 and watched the Mickey Mouse Club from Day 1! I loved that show! For a little girl who was an only child living in the country on 40 acres of fir trees in WA you were like family! I especially loved Annette and followed her career through the beach party movies. I used to really listen to Jimmie Dodd when he always gave that little bit of advice at the end of each show. I tried hard to do what he said was right; i.e. tell the truth, be a friend, be honest! I remember you on the show also. You were very cute! I had a hard time deciding whether I liked you or Bobby better. Such crucial decisions for a 9 year old! Keep up the good work! Penny
I enjoyed reading your articles and career. You are very talented...I love the mouseketeers back in the 50's. I hope the disney world event is back on I live in Orlando area and would love to be there.
Things at this site make me smile during these tough times. Thanks, Lonnie.
I love your page. It brings back lots of memories.
HELLO LONNIE, IT'S HARD TO JUSTIFY BUT I CHECK YOURS AND THE MOUSEKEETER SITE EVERY, YEAH EVERY, DAY - I'M BUSY BUT BUT THE ANSWER IS NO - I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO - WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN CHECKING IN TO SEE IF THEREIS SOMETHING NEW THAT CONNECTS WITH MY MEMORIES !!!!!!!
It's great that you are doing this and I hope that the other former mouseketeers wills support you in sharing with us old fans I was the youngest and the only girl, yet at times my teenage brother would watch with me. Sad to say, you were not my favorite (Darlene) -- but you were my brothers. He thought you were 'cool".
As usual,Lonnie, a great update!!! How I wish I could be at WDW in December for the festivities! Every MMC memory is very precious to me; your web site means a lot. Have an exceedingly blessed Thanksgiving! Mary Ann Potter 8-)
Hi Lonnie, I wanted to check in with you to find out if you know what happened to the Mouseketeer website? I know you answer questions which I always enjoy reading. I miss reading it all. Love the new pictures on your site of you all! Looking good thanks for taking the time to keeping us up on whats new!
I just want to say that the Mickey Mouse Club was a part of me growing up in the 50's and 60's, I also want to say that I was in love with Annette too. This is a great WEB SITE and I take my hat off to you.
Of course I was one those who rushed home from school to watch the mouseketeer club. Now, at age 61, those are my fondest childhood memories. As a fanatic Disney fan and disneyanna collector I can't believe I have just stumbled across your site. It's great. Although you probably have great fun keeping it up I know it takes a lot of work. So here are my thanks for a job well done and memories recalled. I will return. Bill
My first Disney memories are seeing Lady and the Tramp, and the MMC. Here we are 46 years later and I'm still hooked. Love your site. Hope we have a chance to meet down the trail.
Wow happy I found you! What a trip down memory lane!! Glad to see you all are going out to see the fans, will anyone be at WDW between Jan. 3 & 24th 2002? Rose
Very nice site... even better memories! Hershel M. Chicowitz Boomer-in-Charge Baby Boomer HeadQuarters www.bbhq.com
Hey, great page, glad I came across it. My names Kellie, I'm from New Zealand, I'm 16, and I'm a fan. My mum always watched the Mickey Mouse Club when she was little, and when I was about 5 she got out Babes in Toyland for me, I really enjoyed it, but over the years forgot it. But I actually got it out today, (I'm a big Annette fan) its as good as I remember! I really wish I could have grown up watching The Mickey Mouse Club in the 50's. Fantastic page, I've enjoyed reading about you.
I WISH I COULD GET ANNETTES BEACH MOVIES ON DVD DISKS
Hello! I came across your site while playing on WebTV . It's great. So many fun memories. Holly G.B.
Hi Lonnie! It's a real surprise to see you have a website and have you share all your good times with the Disney Company! Thanks for brightening my day! A couple of questions: what was Jimmie Dodd like to work with? He seemed like a very special person from what all I heard about him. And how's Annette doing these days? She's a very dear lady! Thanks for the website and the memories! Happy Holidays! Daniel
Fabulous site Lonnie!....Thanks for keeping the spirit of The Mouseketeers alive.....Back in the 50's I had one special problem.....Trying to convince my buddies what a great show Spin and Marty was and hiding the fact that I had the biggest crush on Cheryl....I can't believe she still has that magnificent smile!..Special thanks to the whole club for being a part of my life....Chuck Kennedy
AM I crazy for staying up every night till 1:30 in the morning to watch the Mickey Mouse Club? I think lots of you would say no, and I agree. What an amazing show! I'm only 26 but I grew up on the original Mickey Mouse Club too. We were one of the first famillys on the block to get cable and the disney channel when i was about 5 or so, and I started watching then.. My mom tells me that MICKEY MOUSE was the first big word that I learned to spell,(hmmmm I wonder why?)... I wish that vault disney would play the full length MMC like they did when I was a kid.. I now collect Mickey Mouse Club stuff and also stuff from the serials. Just got a mint condition pair of Spin and Marty Tripple R Ranch gloves today! ( I luv them) Is any one interested in trading pics of thier MMC/Serial collection? I would love to see what's out there.... Thanks Mousekateers for helping give me the beautiful childhood that we all deserve. James
Just read your book on comedy teams and I'm still smiling. Ernie
Don't know what's happened to Mousestars Guest Book, Lonnie, but I just wanted to wish all my fellow Mouseketeer lovers a very Merry and Safe Christmas (NO DRINKING AND DRIVING NOW, MOUSEKETEERS!!) and a cheery, and lets hope, more peaceful 2002. Feelings go to all who suffered on September 11 and to all our service personnel in Afghanistan. From Cheryl and the friendly country, Australia-see you real soon!
I love what all of you are doing and I guess when you reach 50+ we begin feeling nostalgic....right? Love to all of you and thank you for being there for all of us, your fans! Thank you....Toni in Oklahoma!
While "surfing" the web I came across your page and tears came to my eyes. I'm 54 right now and remember the MMC as if it was yesterday. Wandered through Annette's pages and was amazed to learn of the post MMC doings of some of the Mouseketeers. I'd like to know how Annette's doing. Many of my younger friends hardly know her. I saw the address as being in Windemere, FL. I live near there. Is that where she is living? Times do change as did the Mouseketeers. I have "favorite placed" your site. Long live the MMC alumni. Best wishes. Howie
Lonnie, I enjoyed hearing you at our convention in Nashville this past weekend but one thing you said bothered me. I am a History teacher and you were talking about the purchase of Alaska and said that William Seward was Vice President. He was not the VP, he was Secretary of State. Thanks again for the enjoyable weekend.
Hey Lonnie, Happy New Year. This is a great site and I'm glad I found it. Keep well, Samantha
What a great website!!!!!!!! I am a big fan of the MMC and love to follow all of the original mouseketeers. I really enjoyed seeing the pics that were taken at the reunion in Illinois and I really hope to be notified about the next one. My E-Mail is: SHA@INVOLVED.COM and I'd LOVE to hear from ANY of the original Mouseketeers or amy fans.
What a great website!!!!!!!! I am a big fan of the MMC and love to follow all of the original mouseketeers. I really enjoyed seeing the pics that were taken at the reunion in Illinois and I really hope to be notified about the next one. My E-Mail is: SHA@INVOLVED.COM and I'd LOVE to hear from ANY of the original Mouseketeers or any fans. I liked everyone on the show........but I think Doreen was my favorite. I remember buying those MMC books and looking for any pictures of her to see what she was wearing/ My very obliging Mom, who was a wonderful seamstress, would copy her clothes and soon I would be wearing "Doreen Fashions"! Hope to hear from someone, Sharon
Hi, really enjoyed looking at your site. I am an avid fan of Annette's and your site is the first I have found since I got my computer 3 years ago. I used to watch re-runs of your show while I was growing up. I loved it!!!
my daughter is going to be Annette in a play and I need to find a pic of her in a swimsuit...do you have one?
Hi Lonnie, It's so nice to visit your site!!!! I was born in 1950 and we lived in San Anotnio Texas, I can remember my brother's and I rushing in to watch the Mickey Mouse Club. So many happy memories. Thanks again for taking time out and putting all this together for people like me!!! I'm sure many many others too!!!Especially us Baby Boomers!!!!! ( Terry )
Nice site and good info on the MMC years! Yet I was wondering if you could put up a page on your site that gives a complete MMC episode listing? like for example the Month/Day/Year all the episodes first aired on TV and in what order and as well a small summary of what each MMC episode contained in the way of content would be nice.
I grew up with the Mickey Mouse Club and still am very interested in hearing about all of the Mousekeeters. You have done an excellent job with this website. Thank you for keeping us up-to-date.
Thanks for preserving some of the feel of the fifties and our friends of the fifties-the MMC. We of that generation-we did it right!
I have never forgotten the years I spent in front of the TV watching the Mickey Mouse Club. I have recently collected all my old Mickey Mouse Club items and placed them in a frame - to hang and remind me of all the fun (and honor) I had (still have) as an Honorary Mouseketeer. Howard Kerber, Ohio
LONNIE... SEEING YOUR PAGE REALLY JOGGED MY OLD MEMORY! I LIVED IN TARZANA; YOU LIVED ON BLUEBELL (5050?). I MET YOU AT HPS & WE VISITED GRIFFITH PLANETARIUM IN MY OLD '50 CHEVY. I JOINED THE NAVY IN '57 AND WE CORRESPONDED BRIEFLY. YOU WERE THE PROUD OWNER OF A NEW CORVETTE. RING ANY BELLS? PROBABLY NOT BUT VISITING YOUR SITE SURE BROUGHT IS ALL BACK FOR ME. THANX FOR THE MEMORIES! STEVE
THANK YOU, the Mouseketeers always made me happy! May I take a moment to pass a message? ANNETTE, IF YOU CHECK IN HERE,....OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS, AND OUR LOVE ARE WITH YOU!!!! KEEP ON BELIEVING, and that rainbow will come shinning through!
as a kid , i grew up with annette and the mouseketeers after school on tv. but my best memory of annette was back in 1968, o'hare airport , i had just came back to the "world" after a year in south vietnam, and i was changing planes in chicago's o'hare airport for my connection to detroit , and home, when i was walking down the concourse i looked up and saw annette walking with some pretty big guy's who i thought were her bodygaurds. well ....my mouth just fell open and i stared at her as we passed and she looked at me and smiled and winked. what a great welcome home present. i will always remember that moment just as though it were yesterday. i wish annette and her family much sunshine in their life and hope she is well. i will always remember. thankyou annette. you could have just "walked on by". thanks leroy desmarais
Hey there Hi there Ho there Lonnie thank you for your great web site. I personally appreciate very much. In two more months I will be 57 years old and I still watch the Mickey Mouse Club and I love seeing all the Spin&Marty serials and mostly the Annette series. It keeps me young again. Tim Considine has been my heart throb forever. Bobby Burgess sister Betty graduated from high school with me and his sister Barbara and brother Bill and Bills kids all worked at Safeway with me. Thank you again
Lonnie, this site is terrific. Thank you so much. I have to tell you that I am one of your biggest fans. I mean, how many fans do you know that named their son after you? From the time I was 13 years old I said that if I ever had a son, I was going to name him Lonnie. He was born 13 years later. At his wedding three years ago to Annie, the priest announced that we were witnessing the marriage of a very unusual couple. One person was named after a saint, the other after a Mouseketeer. There were chuckles of delight from the congregation, especially from his proud mother. I never thought I would have the opportunity to tell you about that. Thanks again for the site. Carol-who-named-her-son-after-her-heartthrob.
I am a MMC fan, I live in Orlando Florida (originally from the Boston area). I am an unemployed recruiteer. If anyone living in Florida has any leads I'd appreciate your help. I'm also a distributor for a health and wellness network marketing organization. Sorry, didn't mean to advertise. Aside from that, your web site is great. Keep it up. Looking forward to updates as they come in. Howie Appel
I was just thinking about Mickey Mouse Club this morning and then I turned on the computer and got a blsst from the past. Mickey Mouse Club was my life! I was a charter member and still have all of the magazines!
Lonnie: Just finished reading "My Life As A Mouse" and loved your observations on why MMC was as popular as it was and is. A few months ago TV Guide had the 10 best Kids shows of all time and I was surprised that MMC was not amonst that group... I,m glad you sent me an email about thsi site and the new pictures... I plan to come back often... Rob Coatney
It is always fun to come in and "remember"!
Lonnie, We really enjoyed seeing you and the other Mouseketeers in the Magic Kingdom parade on Walt's birthday. Being able to see you all in person together was the highlight of our trip. By the way, we were the "Mouseketeers" on top of the train station in costume. Is there any way to convince WDW to host "Mouseketeer Weekends" similar to the "Star Wars" weekends held at MGM each May? Now THAT would be an event! Hope to "C" you real soon. Danny - Ferndale MD.
hi. I was wondering if kids can still join the Mickey Mouse Club. Is it still for singing? I have an incredible voice but there is no place I can go to for good training. Please e-mail me back! i would love to try out for the club!
who played moochie on the show i'm really interested to know.this is where i got my nickname.
Glad to pop in and see your constant updating of new material. TY Lonnie for the rare mice scans and updates! I still get a laugh at the Lonnie clips video. Those who don't have it yet, Get it. You see a good inside of Hollywood life, and Lonnie's Den! Waiting patiently for part 2....Kevin McCourt
Well, I haven't visited here in a while. I am glad to see the constant updates. It looks as though you have become the PR man for the mice Lonnie! I see no better a candidate. I fully enjoyed the 1st fifty years of Lonnie Burr, and am looking forward to the seguel. Those of you who have not seen it, get it. Not only do you see some very rare out takes, but you also see Lonnies den, and some bloopers, lol. TY Lonnie! Kevin McCourt
I saw you in the movie "Lionheart" as the bookie, right?
I saw you in the movie "Lionheart" as the bookie, right?
HI LONNIE I HAVE A MICKEY MOUSE CLUB POST CARD THAT WAS GIVIEN TO ME BY ANNETTE FUNICELLO WHEN SHE AND SOME OF THE MOUSEKETEERS VISITED THE NEWINGTON HOSPITAL FOR CRIPPLE CHILDREN IN NEWINGTOH CT. BACK IN 1957.WHEN I WAS THERE I HAVE OR HAD POLIO AND SOME OF THE MOUSEKETEERS VISITED US KIDS ONE SATURDAY AFTERNOON ANNETTE,TOMMY&DOREEN SIGNED IT. BEEN LOOKING TO FIND THIS CARD FOR YEARS THANKS JPH203.
march 17 2002, Hi lonnie, I'm 50 now and I'm interested in decorating my spare bedroom in the mouseketeer club and mickey mouse items. Since these thing are fond memories I have of my childhood and would be a fun hobby for me and to share with my grandchildren. For starters i would like a print of the orginal mousekteer club members or poster. something to frame over the bed. where could I find some items for my new hobby.thank you, "SEE YOU REAL SOON" anita.
A friend sent me this and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Lonnie, you're the BEST! Thank you for making it possible for all of us who love the Mousketeers to thank you for your gift of joy to the world. I remember one wonderful rainy day after school--watching you all singing and dancing absolutely filled the house (and my heart!) with such a sense of fun! The minute the show stopped, the bright beautiful sun came out, painting the sky with a technicolor rainbow and turning the wet sidewalk into a path of gold. All of you Merry Mousketeers made us Fifties kids believe that dreams really do come true. And you were right! Thanks for your hard work and for sharing great memories. God bless you always! Carol Ann
You have done a wonderful job, in keeping us up to date for one , who grew up with the Mickey Mouse Club. Thank you, and keep blessing us with your news about these wonderful people. Such a fabulous time in growing up.
Hi Lonnie, I've got a question for you, and anyone else interested in chipping in their two cents worth. What do you think would be the end result of a campaign to get all the MMC fans to e- mail Disney and request--demand might be a better word--the rebroadcast of the original one hour long Mickey Mouse Club programs? Not in the wee hours when kids are asleep, or suppose to be anyway, but during daytime viewing hours. It's just a thought of course. But wouldn't it be nice if today's kids actually had the opportunity to view a program designed around wholesome family values? Even in this politically correct age there must be a place for such constructive programming. What do you think? What does anyone think? - Kurt -
Hey I used to watch the Mickey Mouse Club. I always admired britney and christina. I really want to be on an MMC like that one. I wish there was another one because I would love to do that. I wanted to be an actor ever since I was little and a singer. MMC inspired me alot more than any thing. Thanks for listening. Well bye.
I'm a fan of the original "Club". So much so, that I "gave it all up" to become a cast member at WDW. Thanks for the memories & Happy 100th BD to Walt! Harv Gittleman ºoº
I'd like to add my name to any petition to WDW to get a day light hours broadcast of a full MMC show, at least weekly. I'm a fan of Spin and Marty. So clean, the times, the place, that music.Lonnie, your spots were good. You should have a talk show, I bet you'd be good.
ANNETTE AND JIMMY ROCK WHOOOOOOOOP WHOOOOOOOOOOOP WHY BECAUSE WE LIKE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MMC is the best! I watch it with my children everynight before I tuck them into bed -Lorann
My children love the MMC, when I was younger I had the biggest crush on Jimmy, he was the best. I really hope this show gets aired weekly, my children love it as do I. We eat a bowl of popcorn and sing along and wear shirts with our names on it and mouse ears. Every night we stay up late and watch this. Love Bicky, Yorkle, Gertrtude and Tuckett
Mickey Mouse Club has always been a wonderful show that I loved. I grew up with this show, and it was always one of my favorites. Every night I sit down on the couch, accompanied by my dog. He and I snack on meats and laugh as much of the show runs. My dog seems to be interested in the show when he watches it with me. Strange, don't you think?
Am I right that except for Cubby and Karen you are the youngest Mouseketeer of the "nine" who lasted the entire filming of the original series? xcabr
Forty-seven years after the first MMC show, ( which unbeknownst to Walt Disney was really telecast to celebrate my tenth birthday ) and, Twenty-seven years after the Mickey Mouse Club Scrapbook was published and, And after only six years of searching bookstores both national and international for said scrapbook, I have finally located a shiny almost new copy of said book. And whose picture appears on page 33 along with Sharon Baird, Tommy Cole, Bobby Burgess, Nancy Abbate and Billie Jean Beanblossom? Dayton, Kentucky ? How in the world did you get from Keentuk to Disney's L.A. ? - Kurt -
The Mickey Mouse Club will forever hold a very special place in my heart. I watch it at 1:30 am PST a couple times a week. Actually, one of my friends, Patty Galligan, was on your Friday Round-Up Day show. She was an incredible acrobat artist. I almost fell over when she showed me her "golden ears" and her "cowboy hat"!!! Is there a place where I could see when she was on; i.e. what year (I think it was probably 1959). No other Mickey Mouse Club (the newer ones) will EVER hold a candle to the originals. Also, do you know where I could read information on all the original mouseketeers and what they are doing now? My name is Candy Perri, and I live in Pleasanton, California. I am 51! I also adore the original Zorro!! Thanks so much for your time! Candy Perri
Your tape with the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers and an almost complete episode of the Range Rider was terrific viewing, especially when it is compared to Homicid: Life on the Streets, Louis & Clark and Murder She Wrote. Amazing. Leonard
Hey, Lonnie! A freind just showed me that Mickey Mouse Club "annual" with you and Darlene and Bobby and you driving the cool car. Was that really your car? Didn't we all look great in those days with our ducktails! See ya, Mike
I grew up loving the MMC. I've watched Vault Disney and realize what effective teaching it was. The world was a gentler place then, and we were all young. MMC taught us to ask "why" about a lot of things, and to admire and respect what we didn't understand. It taught us to achieve and to appreciate those who try. Annette was my favorite, but I felt like part of the family to all of you. I have read criticizm of Walt, but I just don't think they understood him and what he was about. He was about profit without guilt, shame, and dirt. That's something modern entertainers and money-makers fail to accomplish. I'd like to see another a reunion. Or a tape of the one in 1980.
your book on comedy teams is hilarious, Mouseketeer Lonnie, and the photos and chronology are staying in my library. henry beyle
Some of my favourite childhood memories are visiting my grandmother in the city every school vacation and watching the Mickey Mouse Club each afternoon (we lived in a country area of Australia in the late-fifties and there was no TV reception). The highlight of my life up till then was actually seeing the Mouseketeers in person at a concert in Sydney in I think about 1959. I have often talked to my children about the MMC and wondered what happened to the Mouseketeers. I was therefore thrilled to stumble across this internet site and will now have it saved on my "favourites" list.
i was surprised to find out that george carlin (burns and carlin)was a member of a comedy team before breaking out on his own. your book on all he comedy teams in the LAST century is fun!!!! D. Coleridge
After all these years, does this obvious affection surprise you and the other "mice"? Did any of you think this "bonding" would hold up for fifty years?
Dear Lonnie: Thank you so much for keeping all of us who grew up with the original Mousekateers informed of what has happened to them and what they are doing now. Looking through your website has brought back many fond memories of the fifties for me. One question I have is this. Do you know what has become of David Stollery who play Marty on Spin and Marty: Once again, keep up the good work. Love In Christ Julie I. Fichtner
Hey, I saw something about you being involved with the 1992 Disney Musical called Newsies. Newsies is my favorite move and I would love to hear if this is true. If it is I would love to know just how you where involved.
DEAR ANNETTE I HAVE YOUR CD COLLECTION,IM A DISABLED YOUNG LADY IM GOING ON 55 THIS AUGEST IM HAVE EPILISY.I WAS BORN WITH IT HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU CAN YOU SEND ME A PERSONIZED PHOTO THANK YOU LOVE YA MARIANNE CHOW.
Thanks for sharing your life and memories ...
Dear Lonnie, Dear Lonnie, Having been brought up with the Mickey Mouse Club, I would like to wish you and all the Mouseketeers the best. My main concern these days each I would like to see and hear more about you all. Are any of you going to be making an appearance at Disneyworld or Disneyland this year??? Why don't you have another anniversary show, shown live from there. On this show, show highlights of the shows and movies and films of the fifties and sixties, other anniversary shows, especially those with Annette, etc. It might create an interest again and then PrimeTime TV might bring you all back. After all they have brought back the Mary Tyler Moore Show for the Mary Tyler Moore fans. I'm a great fan of Annette. I loved Spin and Marty, Zorro, Annette, and I especially loved the Mickey Mouse Club. All of the Mouseketeers sang and dance your way into my heart. Sincerely, email@example.com.
Lonnie I have just spent the past 3 hours, can you believe it following all your links. Keep it up. Sept. 11/01 just proved to us all that we can all work together to achieve a goal. Cubby our drummer was quite a character years ago. I'm happy that he continued his career as he was happiness with his sticks in his hands. He always had such a cute smile. Your advice to him getting married was a typical male opinion I might add. Maybe you should have allowed the females to give their advice as well. Marg up in Canada
Great site! Loved the Mouseketeers! Bea
Hi, I just love the Mickey Mouse Club. I watch it almost every day in the summer because I cant the rest of the time cause I'm in school. I'm only 12. I love Spin and Marty, Zorro, the Ink and Paint Club and i love this site
Hi to You Lonnie ..... I live near Portland,Oregon and saw you in the 1957 Rose Parade. Still have my MMC tee-shirt and ears and tap shoes that I wore so I could look like you guys. Good Memories .... wish I would have had a camera back then .... Best of Luck with your acting career. D I A N E
I have a friend who was in love with Nancy Abate. He would like to know her whereabouts. I sent him the Mickey Mouse Scrapbook with her picture and most recent info. but is there anything new about Nancy? Thanks for your time.
Hi, I want to thank you for all the updates and wonderful information on the kids I grew up with. Though I was never outside the state of Tennessee when I was a kid, my imagination was given the opportunity to travel far and wide with the Mickey Mouse Club and the Mouseketeers. I remember each one of you very fondly and of course, Annette and Lonnie were my favs, just as they were most of the little girls my age. We all thought Annette was beautiful, and Lonnie, with his blond good looks was soooo handsome. The memories of rushing home from school, tossing my books on the desk and hurrying to the den to watch the Mickey Mouse Club is as fresh as if it was only yesterday. Oh, how we envied those lucky Mouseketeers, and how we loved you all. We lived through you. Now my husband and I both tune into the Disney Channel late some nights and watch the reruns of MMC. I, like thousands of girls my age, followed Annette's career for years, always wishing to be as pretty and popular and talented. When she would be on the Dick Clark Show, I'd rush home from high school so I could see her. Then as the Beach Movies began to come out I went to see each one, so eager to see my favorite fem star. When I read that she has MS I was terribly saddened. Now as I look at her, I feel so sad, she's not old, and she's still beautiful and of all the people I've known or seen in the movies or on television, she is the one I would never have wanted to be suffering with such an awful disease. I put her in my prayers when I started hearing of her illness, she fit right in on my list of old friends. I know there are hundreds of thousands of people my age who grew up with you and the rest of the Mousketeers, I hope they all take the time to visit your site and let you know how much it means to be able to revisit the days when life was simple, values were high and children were allowed to be children and dream. Yours in MMC friendship Carol Dautrey
I loved it ! Am a almost 54 year old babyboomer. Next week on the 1st of August I will be the 54er. Loved reading your pages,photo's. Time goes fast. You gave my brothers,myself many happy times growing up. The 1950's,1960's were such kick back time. But we didn't know it them. Glad your doing so well. What happen to Sharon ? She was my favorite in the girl's. HAD A CRUSH ON YOU!
Yes, we are definitely the lucky generation!! Imagine being blessed with the inspiration offered by all you Mouseketeers! What a great update (7-25-02) with the story of Annette's "first crush". And the picture of Lonnie and Johnny--now that's a dynamic duo! (Johnny was my first crush.) Keep it up, Lonnie. You make me feel so young! Carol Ann
I want to thank you for sharing your pictures and about yourself and your life with us. I enjoyed them immensley. Yes, I have been an ardent MMC fan since 1955 when it came out on TV in Oct of 1955. And met you guys many many times. Sue
1956, 1957, 1958 we travelled to Merced CA. to visit our grandparents, who owned a TV. My brother and I became enamored of Mickey Mouse Club. He liked Spin & Marty, I had a crush on Karen. Recently saw a re-run of MMC and realized Jimmie Dodd was one heck of a uke player. Does anyone know what happened to Jimmie Dodd? Seems he died in Hawaii in 1964, but there is now information on the cause of death. Thank you, Bruce Cannon
Cubby Was Soooooooooooooo Cute When He Was A Kid Do You Have Any Child Photos Of Him Theat You Can Send Me? Thanks Very Much Oh and your site is the best ever seen
The idea of a reunion of the Mousestars and all their fans at Disneyland was shared with me today. Wouldn't that be great? I am 56, soon to be 57. I lived and grooved on the MMC all the years of my growing up. Their influence in my life then and now is unmistakeable. I don't know if anybody shares my thoughts about Disney and their work in recent years, but I say it doesn't measure up. While Walt Disney was definitely interested in making a buck, his first goal was for the art of his touch on his studio's work. I don't care what they (meaning the studio and their people)do or say, that touch is not there anymore. They redo old movies they've done before and it is never as good as the old classic it was. Their new stuff never has the "one of a kind" authentic feeling of enchantment that it once use to have. The MMC show was full of life, it entertained and opened a world of inquiry into children all over the world. It was uniquely American while at the same time it embraced the world. The MMC taught us to open our minds and hearts to the other children of the world. "Hi, to you and Hi to me>>>" Disney is a mega money corporation now. But they made the basis of their bucks from our age group. Our parents took us to Disneyland, bought us mouse ears and made sure we had tv's to watch MMC and the "Wonderful World of Color". They made their backbone for Wall Street from our parents back pockets and from ours as we grew up and took our children and our childrens's children into the world of Disney. I would love to hear from other Mouse-ers. Write me, if you would.
Hi! I've only seen about 14 of the re-runs of the Mickey Mouse Club. What ever happened to the rest of the Mousekeeters? I can only watch the re-runs in the summer because of school. I'm 11. I've seen that postcard that had rumors about you guys getting in an accident. Someone told me that, and now I can say "No, they didn't get in an accident!" Do any more of the original Mousekeeters have sites? If so, could you e-mail the addresses to me? That would be great. Ever since I heard of the Mousekeeters I've wanted to meet you guys. Especially you and Doreen. When I first saw the picture of you I thought "Wow, that guy is pretty darn cute!" If you have the time to email me that'd be a dream come true! ;) -ash
You know Lonnie, everytime I visit this web site I realize something new. We all did grow up together. Most importantly we are growing old together in spirit and values. We have learnt over the past (nearly 50) years to appreciate the childhood Disney's MMC did allow us. I use to rush home from school each day to watch the Mickey Mouse Club. You all made each day so special. I thank-you for you smiling ways. I truly hope that one day I do get to meet you. Your writing is "A" plus. I am relating to you whole heartedly on over 90% of what you are saying. I believe now even you are coming to realize how much the Mickey Mouse Club, and its' MICE meant to a generation of people growing up with you. Think MOUSEFEST please !!!! The Pest
Still a marvelous show with incredible talent...
Hey, Lonnie, we all still care about all of you guys that were actually on the MMC show. I know Annette has MS. Isn't Karen in a wheelchair, too? And Darlene, what is she doing now? I remember Mary Espinoza and Billie Jean Beanblossom and Linda Hughes. I think I know who all the Mice are in the picture on your opening page, but there are a couple of them I cannot see plain enough to take a guess. I always tried to keep up with Annette over the years. There were some similarities in how our lives went. My first cousin came down with MS, my mom married a man name "Holt", and Annette and I both named a son "Jason" and we were both born in October. I want our old hour shows back, too! firstname.lastname@example.org
So the way my Dad tells it, I was named after you and his boyhood memories of the MMC, coupled with pending opening of disneyworld, I was born in 1971. Not so bad. Lon is a name people often don't forget, and people smile when I tell them where I got it from!
Hey, Mouseketeers, I just got back from seeing the movie "Blue Crush". It reminded me that we had our own surfer queen and our own "Britney-type" in Annette Funicello. What do you all think about my idea of donating to MS for her birthday instead of begging her to make a personal appearance somewhere when she probably doesn't feel like it? MEESKA MOOSKA MOUSEFEST 2003. BREN in TEX
***I discovered on the Mousestars.Com page for Annette that she has her own MS Fund. Check it out. That's where any donation should be sent. Bren in Tex
Hey all, Ok, it took me too long to post a comment here. Sorry. I agree with a Mousefest. Many of you know that I run the Spin and Marty site ( http://www.spinandmarty.info ). I would hazard a guess that some of those cast members would probably like to join as reunion as well. My hat's off to Lonnie, though, for having an informative website and being so willing to talk to his "fans". Thanks Lonnie! Darrin
OK, I read the rumor somewhere that Disney is doing away with Vault Disney. Ghast! How could they?! Email them and give them your 50 plus years worth! Surely it ain't true!
HI LONNIE.TELL ANNETTE HELLO FOR ME.I WROTE A DISNEY LA LA BY SONG FOR ANNETTE,BECAUSE MY DAUGTHER HAS M.S TO,WISH HER WELL.
Dear Lonnie. What do you think of the closing down of Vault Disney, Sept/02 ????
Larry Larson's Birthday is Sept 3/02. Please wish him a happy birthday from the pest from up in Canada -------Marg-----------------Hi to you all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah, Lonnie, what DO you think about the closing down of Vault Disney? Do they have something besides DVD's up their sleeves? Like another cable station, like "Vintage Disney"? Bren in Tex
A great pleasure to see and read about all the times past and in between. I was a big fan, and I guess I am still a big fan. Go figure...) Best wishes, Tom M
Hi, My name is Leslie Torres, I am 13 years old. I wrote to the Mickey MOuse Club because I've heard many singers came here. One of my dreams is to become a singer and dancer and I really didn't know where to go until I heard singers came here. Please e-mail me back.
Great web-page presentation Lonnie. How about featuring more of your wonderful poetry. My favorite is The Pattern Least Taken. The quality you exemplify has always been outstanding. Will contact you later…promise. As “it” lies, very busy at the Loony Tunes Factory. Always, Mouseketeer Doreen
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HI LONNIE, GREAT WEB PAGE. HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU AND YOUR BETTER HALF......YOUR FORMER AGENT. STEVE STEVENS
Hi, Doreen! Glad to see you are still tuned in. We had a grand time on Darrin's Yahooo web site tonight. We are hoping for Mousekefest 2005! I know you are as beautiful in spirit and in appearance as you always were. Nice to see you jump in here. bren in tex
Lonnie the pest from up in Canada just dropped in to visit you tonight. I was dreaming away as usual. What was I dreaming about you ask ??? I was dreaming of the Mickey Mouse Days, when I use to run home from school each day just to be with you and all the mice. We baby boomers have grown up together. It's great that you are still going strong. Remember dear friend, to give my best to all the mice if you are talking to them. We are still gearing up, trying to find information out re the possibility of our Mousekefest in 2005 ===I see that 2 other mice have dropped in to visit you too. So don't be such a stranger, drop us all a line !!! And please remember me to Annette if you do drop by to see her. MY inspiration !!!! Give her a kiss and a hug for me on her birthday if you see her. MY best to you in all that you are doing in your life. But, in 2005, I sincerely hope I get to meet you at our Mousekefest. FOREVER HOLD THE BANNER HIGH !!! COME ALONG AND SING A SONG AND JOIN THE JAMBOREE !!! MICKEY MOUSE ====BABY BOOMERS ON PARADE===HI TO EVERYONE !!!!! Marg at email@example.com
Every day at 5:00 pm I would set my self in front of the tv and get ready for the Mickey Mouse Club. I still remember the song they would sing at the beginging and the end. I wished my children would have known the excitment I felt when the show came on. Sometimes I catch my self singing the song they would sing at the beinging of the show.There are so much I remember I day dream about it at times.
How great to get to take a glance back at my childhood. I absolutely loved the Mickey Mouse Show. I can probably still sing most of the songs to the various days . . . "Fun with Music", etc. Don't tell anyone, but when my computer at work is slow sometimes I sit and point my fingers at the screen and being "meeska, mooska, mouseketeer, mouse cartoon time now is here"! Thanks for sharing with all of "50s folks. Kathy
Today in the mail, I received three catalogs dedicated to nostalgia from the 50s. The Disney people are missing out on a Golden opportunity. Their stuff belongs in a catalog like these. People will buy anything if it touches the memory with pleasant times. Most of the people buying this stuff are people our age!! Disney needs to get on the band wagon. If there is money in these catalogs, there is money in it for Disney. Where are you Eisner? ROY? Anybody at Disney? You got 75 years to draw from. Get busy. VINTAGE...VAULT... NOSTALGIA....
Oct. 3, 2002 is the 47th anniversary of this great show. Please join us in the chatroom at http://firstname.lastname@example.org at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time or post a comment on the guestbook of Mousestars.com as we would all love to hear from you !! Marge - the Pest from Canada
YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TO THIS GROUP : - email@example.com On October 3, 2002 I will be in the chatroom at 9:00 PM eastern standard time !!! Marg
How does it feel to be remembered for 47 years ???
Lonnie --- For your viewing enjoyment:=====SENDING A COPY OF BRENDA LETTERS TO GROUPS YOU TO SHARE: -- HI TO You !!! === REACH OUT AND SHARE:: === marg at firstname.lastname@example.org =======ENJOY SHARING BRENDA'S MEMORIES !!! =============BRENDA'S LETTERS TO GROUP: OCTOBER 1, 2002 I remember a little girl 10 years old, who had no brothers nor sisters hurrying home each day from school,and hurrying to the television set at 5:00Pm for a group of kids to come on tv singing about Mickey Mouse. Little black curls, several girls in pigtails, cute little boys, and great big smiles on all of them; they looked like they were having the time of their lives. I remember a lovely little girl with curly black hair that Jimmie Dodd sang about in a song called "Annette". She wore a ballerina costume and danced her dainty twirls. I wrote to the Disney people and got one of the post cards with the pictures of all the Mouseketeers on it. I took it to school and everybody thought I was too cool. Highlights I remember most about MMC: Jiminy Crickett making it popular to read the e-n-c-y-c-l-o-p-e-d-i-a; the girls cooking with Minnie Mouse; the snipe hunt on Spin and Marty; and one of the girls singing "Beauty is as Beauty does". I loved the "Hi to you, Hi to me" skits. And the "Fun With Music" Mondays. I loved the "Corky and White Shadow", "Annette", and "Spin and Marty" series. I also loved the Goofy safety sessions. But I'm not sure they were on MMC, that may be blended with my memories of the regular Disneyland show. So now it really is, thanks to Disney, "Time to say goodbye, to all our family. M-i-c 'see you no more' k-e-y' why,'cause they won't let us' M-o-u-s-e!" == Again ==Happy Anniversary to a great mouse !!! ==
Lonnie: Today is October 3, 2002. Exactly 47 years ago, a little boy was invited by his mother to sit in front of our black & white TV at 5:00 PM to "see a new program that was coming on." It was a watershed event. From that day forward, that show truly became a part of my being. I watched it every day it was on. The ever-so-vivid and indelible memories of the sights and sounds, and of the Mouseketeers, joyously play on within me every day. My childhood lives on! I thank you for being a part of this blessing to us many millions of "kids" who cherish the original MMC. There will never be any other show like it. HAPPY 47TH ANNNIVERSARY to the MICKEY MOUSE CLUB and to our dear friends, the Mouseketeers! God Bless the Mickey Mouse Club. --Duke ºoº
Sharing Brenda's message from her to Mousekefest group ::::: ===== I was 9 years old when the MMC show first came on the television. Four days later I was a big 10. The MMC show became an important part of my life, my psyche, my attitude, my being. The important lessons that it taught influence me even today. The children who were on that show were in the same age group as me; 8,9,12,14 and 15. They were having the time of their life, and singing and dancing their way into our hearts and memories. We weren't just fans; they were our friends, like the "most popular kid in school". We all did the same things. We went to school, came home and went to the Mickey Mouse Club meeting. They were just at a different school and they got to be on tv. We all grew up together with memories that are similar. I am grateful: to Walt Disney who had the genius to develop the idea of a kids club; to Jimmie Dodd and Roy Williams who were our teachers, and "big" Mouseketeers; to each of the parents of the individual kids who let them be the professional Mouseketeers; to the lessons and fun that they drenched us with each afternoon between 1955 and 1959 and beyond. I believed it when they sang, "Through the years we'll all be friends, wherever we may be." I and so many others like me, are their friends. Always will be. Thank you Brenda from your friend Marg at email@example.com == so true don't you agree ??
Lonnie and Darlene and whoever else reads this post: You guys were the same age as most of we writers to this website. 8, 9, 12, 14 and a couple of 15ers. We didn't think of you guys as stars. You were like the most popular kids on the block who went to another school and just happened to be on tv. "Fan" dom came a little later. We just thought of you as our friends. We were your friends then, we will always be your friends. You were a part of our lives everyday for 5 years. We all went to our club meeting everyday. Thank you for being our friends. Thank your parents for letting you be on MMC. Thanks to Walt Disney for conceiving the idea of a kids club. All of us believed you when you sang, "Through the years, we'll all be friends, wherever we may be...." We meant it. You sang like you meant it, even if you were just acting... We thank you for gracing our lives with wonderful lessons, fun, and memories....
Lonnie your web page is great I like it . i hope you put more stuff on it.
Do you know what happened to Carol Ann Campbell who played Iola Morton in the Hardy Boys. "The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure? And do you remember a song that the Mousekeeters sang in one episode called "Up we go"
I want to join-------now bring on the former 14 mouseketeers-------horray!!!! Barb.
Hi Lonnie, Just dropped in to visit and say hello. With the shooters firing at your area in your state, I just wanted to reassure you that you are remembered in my prayers !! Marge
Lonnie, did any of the Mouseketeers ever perform with Lucille Ball, either on the Mickey Mouse Club, or at Disneyland or anywhere else? I was watching a show about Lucille Balls life entitled "Finding Lucy" on T.V. last night and in the montage of opening shots there was a very quick glance at a picture of Lucy performing with I'm sure three of the mouseketeers, all dressed in their cowboy/cowgirl outfits. The girl on the screen right looked like Darlene. Can you let me know if you know anything? Regards, Cheryl Ferguson. Hope this finds all of your family well and happy.
Hi I'm Sandy, born in 1955 just when the Mickey Mouse Club made it's first debubt. I watched the show from age 7 -12 yrs. of age. I now have Directv and able to watch the show, just like I did as a child. I have loved the show and still do at the age of 47 also a grandmother of 4. I have started my grandchildren with stories of my own about the Mickey Mouse Club. See you all soon. Love, Mic-key M-o-u-s-e Club fan Sandy
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ANNETTE FUNICELLO!! MAY YOU HAVE MANY MORE HAPPY BIRTHDAYS. BRENINTEX
Wish Annette a Happy 60th Birthday for me please and if in contact with Linda Hughes please send her best wishes as well !!! Anything Can Happen when you dream and I am still dreaming of meeting you at our Mousekefest 2005 ---God Bless You and Yours !! -- Marg from Canada says HI TO EVERYONE !!!
Hello from Australia, I remember as a kid running home from school to watch MMC,it was my most favorite show on TV...now i am 46yrs old and wish the first run of MMC was back on...oh well dreams are free.. see ya soon, Les FROM OZ
Lonnie, Thanks for your website. I enjoyed the old photos and your insights on being a part of the Mousketeers. My younger sister and I watched faithfully back in the '50's and discussions about the show often come up in conversation when we visit. My sister's favorite of course was Annette. I have to admit that I couldn't wait for the singing and dancing to end so that I could get back to the Triple R with Spin and Marty. I wanted to go to the Triple R or at least get one of their t-shirts ( do you know if any are lying around somewhere in wardrobe at the Disney studio?- I'd love to have one). In the late '80's before Disney became part of basic cable, I paid that extra fee to get the channel so that I could watch the MMC show and the serials once again, along with taping them to share with my sister. I think they really cheered her up during a bout with breast cancer, which she successfully overcame. I'm sorry that Disney no longer airs the vintage films and also dropped MMC. At 44, I finally made it to Disneyland in August of 1992. I think I enjoyed and appreciated the place more as a "big kid" than I could have when I was younger. I stayed through the afternoon and up until closing during my 1 day visit. I was just sorry that Davy Crockett was no longer represented at Frontierland. I hope you guys can get together for a 50th MMC reunion show in 2005! Best wishes, David Miller in Maryland
How do you go about auditioning to become a mouseketeer?
hey mickey mouse club i have an idea why don't yall start the mickey mouse club again in 2002!!!!!!!my name is michelle scheurer and i am 13 and would love to join
hi i love the mouseketeers, especially that lonnie, boy O boy is he hot
please can you tell me, what happen to Kevin Corcoran (Moochie)???
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Lonnie -- do you remember when the Lennon Sisters appeared on the Mickey Mouse Club ?? I found this web-site with the pictures on it : http://www.pettipond.com/mmc_lennon.htm ---- Boy the memories that came flowing back to me. The mouseketeers and the Mickey Mouse Club made a great impact on all of us. May God Bless You and keep you safe! -- Marge the pest from Canada --- Have you ever seen them perform in Branson ??
Oh yes, the mouse years of the '50s. I can still remember my first trip to the wonderful D-land, the whole time there looking about continuously for a fleeting sight of a real Mouseketeer (preferably Annette). Since that first visit, I have taken my children, one of whom's name is Annette, my grandchildren, & hopefully my great grandchildren. Great website!
This is a message Brenda sent to group Mousefest and I wanted to share it with you ------ For years, I was always on the edge of knowing anything about the ongoing activities of the Mouseketeers. Recently I bid on Ebay and got Lorraine Santoli's book on the Mouseketeers then and up to when her book was published. It was a step back in time to see myself and my time through a mirror; a time like no other has ever been. The book supported my feeling for Walt Disney and for the Mouseketeers in general. But it also made me sad for a few moments. Gone are the life forces of Walt Disney, Jimmie Dodd, and influencial people like Red Skelton, who I read wanted to be a guest on the Mouseketeers guest show so badly; and perhaps many more that we don't know about. Two of the Mouseketeers are gone, and two are facing heart-breaking adversity with paralysis. The book is righton. We are and shall always be their friends as well as fans, and we love them. ALL! The book tells me what a beacon for childrens television the MMC show was and how even at the print time of the book, it was revered. IT STILL IS. It breaks my heart that we have had to beg everyone and his boss to let us have anything that reminds us of our love of Disney and the MMC back on television. What happened since 1995 that has made the 50s MMC such an ignorable part of Disney history????? By Disney itself? IT IS NOT THE TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO ALL OUR MOUSE CLUB FRIENDS. Rather, THROUGH THE YEARS WE'LL ALL BE FRIENDS, WHEREVER WE MAY BE... --- We love you Lonnie -- Marge
THE DAY OF NAMES by Lonnie Burr Babin -------- Is this your writing or someone else ??? --- Marge ------
I'm from Toronto, Canada and grew up with the MMC. My favourites were Karen, Doreen, Annette, well I guess all of them. Thanks so much for the wonderful memories. I have been wondering what happened to the mouseketeers and accidently came upon your website. It's terrific and you are doing a wonderful job. By-the-way, your 9/11 poem brought tears to my eyes. Linda Toronto, Ontario Canada
Lonnie, This is Tom. With all of the stress going on in my life now days, it's wonderful, from time to time, to go to this site and just relax and be with you and the rest of the mouseketeers. As you know, I'm one of the original viewers (watched first show on October 3, 1955). It still is amazing to me how you mouseketeers mean as much to me now as you did then. Perhaps even more. You been truly friends all of these years. Thank you so very much. Tom
Lonnie, What a cute picture! Thank you for sending it! Happy Holidays to you too!! Enjoy your website. I love the MMC and seeing the reruns. The visits to Disneyland seeing you I treasure I only wish I had taken a camera! Why didn't I? Guess I was too young to think about that, just excited to be going!! I recently have found a friend from grade school after 20 years apart and what are some of our fondest memories? The MMC!!! We love talking about those very special times. Thank you!!!! Mary Brimmer
Hi again Lonnie, and friends, I don't know why I peeked in,I think it's a royal shame, but, disney is selling more MMC original costume items. DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE CLUB 1950s Jacket Ronnie Item # 1792269868 plus others. I thinks it's a shame they didn't get to keep any goodies. Esp the $50 a pop ears. I'm not endorsing ebay or disney, especially after taking Our Mice off again! But, these are the real thing, I have to give to authentication fans.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Lonnie, and to all us faithful Mouseketeers/pro and non-pro. We love you and all the original Mouseketeers and wish you a lot of happiness in 2003. Brenda Brenintex on yahoo and...
Hi Lonnie, I just saw your letter to the editor in the Saturday Washington Post -- the one about teacher and dancer Willie Covan, who taught tap to Sammy Davis and also was your teacher early on. Great letter. It's hard to imagine that you and the other Mouseketeers go back that far. You seem so young! And of course we (your original fans) do, too. You must have been really little when you took dancing lessons from him. Happy holidays, Heather
Thank you for being so candid...you made a 56 year old man remember what being a kid was like and you added some dignity to my aging. By the way I have a degree in Communications (radio, television and film) Maybe watching MMC was the seed that grew into my love of TV and why I'm working in video production today.
Does anyone have a copy of Adventures in Dairyland with Annette ? Both Dory and I are looking for a copy of this tape. If anyone sees it on EBAY please let me know. I have been looking -- but I could have missed it. ==== Hi Everyone, Merry Xmas to you -- Lonnie if you could help us out I would appreciate it !!!! ==== ----- Original Message ----- From: DoryO@aol.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 2:17 PM Subject: Adventures in Dairyland Hello Marg, I read some of your posts online from earlier this year at mousestars.com. I am searching for a copy of "Adventures in Dairyland" for my boyfriend's mother. She was apparently recruited to be an extra in the film along with other kids in our area way back then. She's never seen it since it was broadcast and I think her grandkids would love to see it too. If you have any leads let me know. Dory Owen Madison, WI 608-276-8272
Friday is Talent Round-Up Day! This Friday is also December 20. This Friday we celebrate the good fortune of Disney to have Tommy Cole be part of the MMC. December 20 is Tommy's birthday. "Crooning assured him a spot on the program." (From Lorraine Santoli's book about MMC) And it insured a spot in our hearts. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TOMMY COLE!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE MEMBERS, BOTH OFFICIAL AND REGULAR, OF THE GREATEST CLUB FOR KIDS AND KIDS-AT-HEART THAT THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN!!! From Brenintex
Hey Lonnie! I met Mary Espinoza in my Landmark Education Introduction Leaders Program. Do you have any pictures of her from the MMC days? She is a great lady and remembers you fondly. -Brian O'Connell
Lonnie -- Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you and all our great Mouseketeers !! Marge
I watched MMC every day. I'd love someone to help me remember the different 'days' of the TV show, e.g. Tuesday was 'Guest Star Day'? Friday was 'Round-up Day' etc. I can remember some of the words to the various opening songs but the '50's was a long time ago. Laurel Lynch Stanthorpe Australia
Really nice website! Brings back so many memories. We used to have our own MMC shows after we moved to 29 Palms, CA from L.A. area and couldn't get it out there on T.V. Such fun times! Thank you for sharing. Marcia Palmer
I was an avid fan of the original Mickey Mouse Club. Is there any place that sells t-shirts with the Mickey Mouse Club logo?
Hi Lonnie, Just found your website by way of a drive-in web page, under nostalgia. It started out with lots of stuff about Annette(my very favorite), which then lead me to you!!!! I was and am very pleased to have found it. I watched MMC for years, and am now 56, when I found out that MMC was going to be put back in the "vault", I cried. All the "Annette" episodes, the "Spin and Marty", the Mouseketeers, Zorro, hopefully are not gone forever. I purposely stayed up til 1:30 a.m. (EST) to watch the show. You may be sure I will continue to check in from time to time, have added you to my "favs" page. I only wish that my grandchildren could "see" what fun life was in the 59's and 60's. Thank you so much for this site and the chance to "travel back in time", you are the most!!! Doris
LOOKING FOR JIMMY VAUGHN, WHO I THINK WAS A DRUMMER IN THE MOUSEKETEERS. HE AND I SERVED TOGETHER IN VIETNAM IN 1965.
The MMC was the first TV show I watched regular, and I couldn't wait for SPIN & MARTY TO COME ON. Let me see how big of a fan you all are. Where was Spin and Marty filmed at? John
Hey Lonnie-I've been following efforts of some people to get the Mouseketeers to have a kind of 'mousefest' a couple of years down the road. Personally, I find that a lot of you 'former mice' seem to be leading active and creative lives (Don Agrati, Johnny Crawford, Cubby O'Brien, yourself, etc). Have you ever considered a kind of "travelling reunion" type of concept whereby you and your fellow active 'former mice' put together an itinerary that allows any of us that are interested to plan our vacations so we can see you folks doing what you do best-performing all over the country? Dean Roosevelt
I thank its great that Lonnie is taking the time to be friend to his fans.. Thanks a million Lonnie we love you..
Howdy! I too have the black & white postcard that you show on your web page. The one with all the mouseketeers on it. Mine is dated June'58. I can't believe I managed to save so many of my MMC souveniers. By the way Lonnie, how is Annette? No one ever has any info on her anymore. Often wonder how she is doing. Love you all!
I'm so glad those of us who lived with and loved the Mickey Mouse Club have this wonderful site to visit. I look at the pictures of the beautiful young people who made up the Mousekateers and suddenly I'm transported back over the years to a time I was barely more than a child with the world at my fingertips and all the time in the world ahead of me. I remember, as if it was yesterday, how I would race home from school to get my homework done so I could be transported to that magical place where the Mousekateers lived and played. Oh, how I wanted to be there, to be a Mousekateer and to sing and dance and have all the adventures they did. They were our heros, they were clean, wholesome young people who were super role models for us all. It's so sad that young people now don't have the same type role models, I have a feeling we'd have generation after generation of healthier and happier young people if they'd had a chance to meet the Mousekateers. Thank you Lonnie, for all your hard work at keeping this site going and for sharing your life as a Mouse as well as sharing your later life with us. It's great to know that we were appreciated too, I guess you could say it's great knowing there was mutual respect between the Mousekateers and those who loved them.
I'm so glad those of us who lived with and loved the Mickey Mouse Club have this wonderful site to visit. I look at the pictures of the beautiful young people who made up the Mousekateers and suddenly I'm transported back over the years to a time I was barely more than a child with the world at my fingertips and all the time in the world ahead of me. I remember, as if it was yesterday, how I would race home from school to get my homework done so I could be transported to that magical place where the Mousekateers lived and played. Oh, how I wanted to be there, to be a Mousekateer and to sing and dance and have all the adventures they did. They were our heros, they were clean, wholesome young people who were super role models for us all. It's so sad that young people now don't have the same type role models. I have a feeling we'd have generation after generation of healthier and happier young people if they'd had a chance to meet the Mousekateers. Thank you Lonnie, for all your hard work at keeping this site going and for sharing your life as a Mouse as well as sharing your later life with us. It's great to know that we were appreciated too, I guess you could say it's great knowing there was mutual respect between the Mousekateers and those who loved them.
Spelling of Annette of the mickey Mouse Club and anyoone knowing what is her status ,healthwise , now. Such a dear and talented girl. My family always watched and my 4 girls love her. please replyh.
Hey! My name is Sophia and I think your site is great! I found your site by trying to find out about the new mickey mouse club. I was also wondering if there was any possible way of joining it. And once again I think your site is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
Whatever happened to Pop Attmore??
Lonnie...Was straightening my studio and just had a flash to see if I searched the web you would come up...Ha...There you are!!!We cruised the STRIP and Laurel Canyon together listening to Sinatra, thinking we were the coolest thing going, in your Corvette...Do you remember???If so send email to: email@example.com... David
Hi Lonni, Sitting here straining my eyes to read your My Life As A Mouse page. Now I'm not one to complain--just ask my dog, she'll tell you--but might I suggest that you increase the font size. Just a tiny bit? But what I really would like to know, and there may be others who are interested, too; were you one of the crew who made the Australia tour? And if you were that lucky, do you have any fond memories of that excursion? And again, if you did go, are you a card carrying "shellback"? Kurt Spitzner
Lonnie -- check out Mousestars if you get a minute and leave us a comment there and tell us how you are keeping in this great winter weather. -- I just inserted a comment re some messages from the BEAUTIFUL ANNETTE FUNICELLO GROUP FROM BRENDA, JEANIE AND ADAM RODGERS. -- You know Lonnie that this old gal will FOREVER HOLD THE BANNER HIGH !! Why ?? Because I love you !! Marge
Lonnie this was great going down memory lane, prob- lem is, it ends. Thanks for the memories to grab a quote from another great, Bob Hope. If onlys are always wanted and said, and my "if only" would be, to turn on the tv and see you kids as mouseketeers again and be like Peter Pan and never let you get any older.Or me ! Selfish ? Yes, but you made my happiest moments of my life then, and nothing can top it. Thanks to each and every one of you, I loved you all. ....J.B. tpa.. fl.
Hi, Everyone! I still have fondest memories of meeting the Mouseketeers at Union Station in Chicago when they trained in from LA to do the Evanston, IL Fourth Of July Show in 1957. Talk about a dream come true!! That was one of the highest highlights of my teenage years! George from Glen Ellyn
Dear Lonnie: Thanks for the great new-look web site. Reading the Roll Call messages shows how deeply we all are yearning for a simpler and kinder time. Thanks for being a living link between our yesterdays and our todays. Best wishes. Ron from Ohio
Great page! Thanks for sharing your memories!
I've been sidelined by a broken right ankle, and so have spent a lot of time in front of the TV set. A few days ago, I stumbled on an old videotape I had made of several "Mickey Mouse Club" shows, as well as serials such as "Spin & Marty," "The Hardy Boys," and "Annette." How wonderful it was to watch those shows once again after all these years! As somebody once said, "That's Entertainment!" Lonnie, you were featured in a closing song with Jimmie Dodd, the song that went: "So dig right in and do it now,/ whatever must be done,/ you're a dope to sit and mope/ when everything is fun!" A great number by the two of you! Have a great day, and hi to all Mouseketeers everywhere! George Littlefield Glen Ellyn, Illinois
I was a regular watcher of the Mickey Mouse Club, and since 1989, The Disney Channel has been carried by my cable provider, Time Warner Cable of Manhattan. I understand that about a year or two ago, The Disney Channel revamped its line-up, and now features many programs that have little or nothing to do with the legacy of Walter Elias Disney. One of the programs that was eliminated was The Mickey Mouse Club. While it was on, much of the material was 'cut' from the program as I remembered it, and I consider this gesture an insult and a lack of respect for one whose name is synonymous with family entertainment. I would like to impress upon The Disney Channel to put the original Mickey Mouse Club back on the air, in its original glory, and that means UNCUT! Sincerely yours, Julia F. Williams
hi, loved your new updated page and pics. they're great. Sue
I hope this finds you well. I was a die-hard devotee of the original Mickey Mouse Club, and I am rather angry that The Disney Channel removed this ground breaking show from the line-up in favor of some rather mediocre television programs. I wish, for the sake of the current generation, that The Disney Channel would re-think its schedule and return to being the Disney Channel that it once was. I'm not likely to rest until that happens.
Hello Lonnie. Great website! I'm 27, but watching the Disney channel re-runs of the original MMC inspired me to move to Fl. and join the Disney team myself. In 1998 I was part of the opening crew for Animal Kingdom at the Kilimanjaro safaris. The next five years were spent enlightening, educating and entertaining the millions of visitors we've seen since then. Recently I've transferred to a position with the Production Services department (with the training and development team) and who knows where I'll go next. But throughout my career here, I'll always remember the magic put forth by you original Mouseketeers and whether it's 1955 or 2055 I believe that we can all learn a lesson or two from the Mickey Mouse Club. Thank you for the memories. Matthew :-)
I bought a series of MMC videos. They are very enjoyable to watch. But I had hoped they would have the opening numbers from the first season when the Mouseketeers performed the different day of the week with "Fun with Music Day," "Circus Day," "Talent Roundup Day," etc. Instead, they all have the same opening number that was used with the nine Mouseketeers. Do you know if any other videos are available that have the original show opening numbers? Thank you.
I have the ten videotape set of the "Mickey Mouse Club" and I also was disappointed at the opening numbers of the shows. I am looking for the original filmclip of "Fun With Music Day" where all the Mouseketeers were featured. Annette was a Hawaiian dancer, Karen and Cubby were Irish dancers, Doreen, Darlene and I believe Cheryl were Can-Can girls, Sharon represented China and Bobby was Hindu charming a snake. My memory is vague on this and I bought these videos hoping that this would be on one of them. Just the same intro was used again and again. Also, "Talent Round Up Day" was not on any of the tapes either, where the Mouseketeers come out singing and dancing and riding their ponies at Dry Gulch. I would LOVE to see that! Please tell me where I can obtain videos or DVDs with these clips on them. Also! I want a copy of the "Annette" series IN IT'S ENTIRETY, not chopped to pieces, omitting Annette singing "How Will I Know My Love?" and the part at the Maypen farm where Jet and Laura had a fight. I want to see it and so does everybody else!!!!! Connie Kramer
HI TO YO ALL FROM DOWN UNDER, I HAVE JUST RECEIVED MY 3RD M.M.C. TAPE AND THEY ALL HAVE THE SAME BEGINNING ... A SHAME. BUT LONNIE KEEP YOUR SITE UP AND RUNNING MATE COS I'LL BE BACK. BARRY AUSSIE
Summer plans? I have lived a sheltered life, never been to Disneyland,or DisneyWorld. Well, I am going to fix that. I plan on visiting some old friends in H'wood and I will get to be a kid for a day. But before I jump on the plane, are there any Mouseketeer events planned between yesterday and Mid August? I am serious, anyone with Disneyland Info, drop me an email please.Thanks, Kevin.
Had to laugh at the still married comment, hehehe. I just visited Don Grady's web site. Though I think I won't go back. He looks younger than I am, and I'm 39!
Does anyone have any good copies of The New Mickey Mouse Club? i'm looking for the show where they had Mickey and Pluto... i think? skateboarding, was it a cartoon or live action? Pleeeeese help
I am trying to find out if Shelly Fabares was ever a part of the mousekeeers?
WHEN AND WHERE IS THERE GOING TO BE A MOUSEKETEER SIGNING IN THE FUTURE? IRENE
Lonnie- Your web-site is a superb stroll down my own "memory lane", and a stroll I will take on a semi-regular basis just to help remind me that we were all kids once, even if we could not all be "Mouseketeers". I wouldn't have looked nearly as good in the "ears" as you-all did, in any case. Congratulations on a well-done job-with your web-site and with your life! Best wishes always for a continuing, happy & healthy life. Arnie & Barb/ Star Shots, Port Charlotte, Florida
hi, i loved the mmc! i too would like to know where i can get the annette series and the spin and marty series. i love annette and i pray for her all the time. thank you for any info. you can give. virginia
Lonnie - Just a note to say THANK YOU and the other Mousketeers for adding such joy to an exciting and wonderful childhood. I recently wrote to Annette to thank her as well. I hope that she gets my email as it was a shot in the dark to write. If I could thank each one I'd love to do so. I'm now 50 years old and the older I get, the more I appreciate my childhood and the fun times I had. A big part of that was watching the MMC Show. Please give my best regards to all. I wish you good health and happiness always. Bill B. Please feel free to correspond at any time. THANK YOU!
I really like this show and even though I'm 13 I still like to be a real member of the Mickey Mouse Club Katie*
Hi Lonnie! I am a huge fan of The Mickey Mouse Club! You were great on the Micky Mouse Club and Thanks for all the hard work you put in to it! This web site is awesome and I'll always love the Mickey Mouse club!!! "M""I"C"K"E"Y" "M"O"U"S"E"!!!!!!!
Lonnie, As always, I enjoyed visiting this site. It always brings a smile to my face. Take care. Tom in Dallas
Ist generation Mickey Mouse club watcher.
Dear Lonnie. I was just reading the archives section of your wonderful website and a thought just popped into my mind. I visualized Jimmie and the mouseketeers singing "Through the years we'll all be friends whereever we may be...." and it is so true. We are all friends here, searching together for our beloved childhood memories. I have made some wonderful new friends because of the love of the Mickey Mouse Club. It is comforting to know that there are others who feel the same way. I miss those days so much when I would tune into the Mickey Mouse Club anxiously waiting for it to start. All weekend I was counting the hours until it came on again Monday for "Fun with Music Day" and to see what the mouseketeers were going to sing and dance. It is a comfort to visit your website. Thank you so much. Connie Kramer
Do you know if there is a Mickey Mouse Club that I can join in Ontario? Thanx Ashley
As much as I dislike it, I do not watch The Disney Channel anymore. It is not the same channel. I realize that times have changed, but what is the point of calling it The Disney Channel if all that is airing is a lot of mediocre programming? Go figure.
Hi Lonnie. There is something that I was always wondering about. On the cover of the Mickey Mouse Club Magazine, December of 1956, the mouseketeers are standing in front of a house with a wreath in the window and they are wearing their blue jackets and singing Christmas carols. My question is: Why wasn't Annette in this picture? I always wondered and thought you might know. Thanks, Lonnie!
Wow, Lonnie. It's great to see you have had a successful careeer after MMC. I was a Chicago devotee (am now 53) to the Mouseketeers, and of course, would have gone to war for Annette. Do you know a Raymond Saar in your business? He was Raul in Phantom of the Opera in San Francisco and sings Broadway hits with his wife in various theatres. He is my former brother in law. I am now living in the LA area. Any place I can go see former Mouseketeers perform out here?
Was really nice to visit your page and see the old ( some ) routines again. Thanks so much for letting them come back alive from memories.Truly a very old fan from "your" past, Jeanie..
As you are probably aware, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the launching of The Disney Channel. Over the years, I enjoyed watching the Disney Channel movies and programs that I had grown up watching first run (don't trying figuring out my age, but I am younger than you are). Anyhow, I seldom watch The Disney Channel anymore. It seems that the classic Disney programming the defined and launched The Disney Channel has been replaced with, pardon my French, a lot of CRAP. The biggies who now run The Disney Channel seem like they could not care less about viewers, only about MONEY (dont' we all care about the stuff?) We are less than two years short of the 50th anniversary of the original Mickey Mouse Club, and surely, surely, the biggies would give consideration to this and restore The Disney Channel to its original glory. Thank you.
I've been a fan of the Mickey Mouse Club since I can remember,Annette and Darlene was a couple of my favoritesnow I have grandchildren and there get to watch the Mickey Mouse Club on the Disney channel now.
I had to pop in, I haven't received any email updates about LonnieBurr.com, was concerned. I just sent a friend an autographed pic of you, and one of Doreen to a friend in Cali. She always came through with goodies from there, figure she'll like the payback. Well, keep up the great work Lonnie, and fans, keep posting! Kev
I grew up loving the Mousketeers and desperately longed to be Darlene. She had braids and I have naturally curly hair. Lonnie was my favorite boy and I always wanted him and Darlene to get married.
Happy 4th of July Lonnie! I will never forget the Mouseketeers! So what is new with you? Just got a picture of the MMC which confirms to me I saw you in 1956, I was so thrilled to get the pic because it is one of my precious memories of the 50's!! Where has the time gone?
And I thought I was the only Mouseketeer fan out there. I think it is wonderful that there are so many of you and all of us sharing the same fond memories. I'm sure when I was singing and tap dancing along with the unforgettable Mouseketeers Monday thru Friday, many of you were doing the same. It truly is a small world after all. I found this site while trying to find some photos of the Annette Series. If anyone out there can help me, I will be forever grateful. I have the old orange 78rpm records and the Mickey Mouse Club Magazines. I bought everything I could find. Back in the Fifties, one of the stores on Main Street USA sold the song books. A few years ago, my company did a Fifties Theme Contest and we took 1st Place. Of course I displayed my Magazines and people were surprised that I still had them. And I agree with the person that made the comment that the Mouseketeers were a great role model for all of us. Nickie firstname.lastname@example.org
DO YOU STILL REMEMBER HOLLYWOOD PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL? I DO!!
"Through the years we'll all be friends, wherever we may be." I'd like to have the context of the theme song for MMC.
Strolling through your pages brought back wonderful memories. I never missed a show, knew all the songs, the dances..you name it, I did it. The MMC was a show for all kids back in the 1950's..a parent could and did leave their kids alone in front of the famiyl set..we can not do that today. I wish my grandkids could enjoy the old shows...heck, we could enjoy them together...Eileen Douvarjo, Fredericksburg, Virginia...7-27-03
Just wanted to say "Thank you" for this site.
Thanks, Lonnie for the great article about Cheryl. Is there some way I could get a photocopy of the entire article as that particular publication is not on sale here in Australia. Cheryl was telling things about the Mice as they are now and I'd like to read the article in its entirety. You really are very thoughtful keeping us up to date with Mice as they scurry from place to place. Your work is much appreciated! You know it's kind of scarey how my interest in Mice was revived. Travelling down the highway one day I happened to notice a publicity banner stuck high up on a pedestrian overpass, announcing Lucky Starr (one of our local muso's of the 60's era) was performing somewhere locally. It brought about a grin, the mind went off on a tangent and I remembered that he and Cheryl had had a few dates when Cheryl was over here with the other Mice. I determined then to find out what had happened with all of you Mice, so ferreting around on the Internet I found Mousestars. Oh, by the way, I was a passenger in the car going down the highway-not the driver. Other drivers were all safe from a negligent driver! It's funny what thoughts can lead you to. I now have a small but good collection of items Mice bought through EBay, the only way to get anything old time American over here. Hope you are keeping well, love to your family, Cheryl Ferguson.
Lonnie: Did you ever own a red 1957 chevy and drive it around Burbank? Thanks.
Hi Lonnie Love to pop in occasionally and see all the new things that you add. Love the newspaper article on Cheryl and the new pictures. We are so lucky to have you and your website...brings back lots of wonderful memories. I believe a emailed you a few years back and asked if you could remember an episode where the Mousketeers went to Hawaii and I clearly remember a part where they were sliding down a waterfall? Since then I lost my first computor in a housefire along with all the information I had kept. But I am headed over to the Big Island in Oct and was hoping to see that waterfall? Thanks for all your hard work Lonnie and Thanks for the emails you send out notifying us of new pictures and news! Most Gratefully, Bev Taliaferro
I am such a fan of Lonnie's and Annette's... But of all of Ms. Funicello's leading men, I'd have to say that Tommy Kirk is my favorite. Does anyone know whatever happened to him? If you'd like to chat about a mutual love for MMC, all things Disney, or old films, email me at email@example.com. ~Renee Elizabeth~
Was there another Cheryl on the show...besides Chery Holdridge...perhaps a little later.
Thanks, Lonnie, (as Bob Hope used to sing) "For the Memories"...and wonderful they were from a time so innocent and full of hope for the future. Now I have a question for you: One of the many serials that I loved (along with "Spin and Marty" and others) was a feature called "What I Want to Be" that followed a young boy and girl through training for being an airline pilot and a hostess. My question is: do you know the names of the two young actors that played the boy and girl? And did they go on to do anything else after that? I thought I recognized the young lady in later roles (Peyton Place?), but am probably wrong. Thanks again, Lonnie...keep up the wonderful work. ~Gary
I just have to brag on Lonnie and his dedication and responsiveness to his fans. He answered one of those "I wonder" questions that has been tucked away in my old brain for many years. He confirmed that the fresh-faced young girl with the great smile that played the young "airline hostess" trainee in the MMC serial, "What I Want to Be" was indeed Pat Morrow who went on to play Rita Jacks, Chris Connelly's love interest, in the prime-time 60s soap opera "Peyton Place". Lonnie didn't know what Pat was up to these days, but an Internet search revealed that she reprised her role in the 1985 TV movie "Peyton Place: the Next Generation" and also listed her as co-producer of the "Journey: Live 2001" rock concert DVD. Interesting resume...does anyone have any further information? Thanks. ~Gary
I was so happy to find this website,it brought alot of happy memories.I loved the MMC and watched it every day.I had the complete costume ordered from the back of a MMC magazine. Unfortunatly I still have only the ears.Lonnie and Sharon were my favorites,I loved the way they danced. They were the reason I took dance lessons for five years.I wish we could go back to those kinder and gentler days.My children are in their 30's now and still laugh at me cause I still know most of the songs and some of the dances.Thanks for the memories.
Hi Lonnie--I came from a large, poor family in 1950's central Indiana. Water came from an outside pump, carried coal into house to make heat, bathed in a washtub, not much food. However, watching you and the other Mousekateers was the highlight of my youth and got me through some hardtimes. Thanks for all the wonderful memories and all the best to you, the other Mousekateers and your families. Oh yes, your website is wonderful! I will be back many times to visit. John Blazier
What time and what channel does MMC come out on?
Where is Ginny?
What an incredible walk through my childhood AND my great love of MMC and all people/things Disney. Many blessings and many thanks! Mike Cobillas
http://www.showstopperstars.com/ - For your information - Did you know about this Lonnie ? -- Are you going or will you still be in your show ? - Best of Luck - wish I could see same !! Marge
Dear Lonnie, It is good to see your site, and it brings back a certain nostalgia. Do you know why the Disney channel has opted to delete the original MMC programs from their lineup? As the shows were on in such late hours, I do not see how they would interfere with programming for children, since children are normally asleep after midnight. Thanks for not forgetting the program. C. Scott
I loved the mickey mouse show and everyone on it my best to you all grace
Of course I also have great memories of the Mousketeers.
Loved the show, the talented children, the music & the mini-series contained in the Mickey Mouse Club. Never missed a day. One of my very very cherished memories from the 1950's - a time when kids could enjoy PG programming! Best, Steffi Boston, MA
Truly outstanding and contained information that I never knew.
Hi Lonnie, I just saw you in Grapes of Wrath at Ford's Theatre. You were terrific! I was sorry that Granpa Joad, your character died in the first act because I thought that I would n't get to see you any more. But then I think that was you as that poor, crazed and funny Mayor running around with the wagon in the second act. But it didn't say for sure. Was it you? anyway, I recomment that everyone should go see you in this play. Thank you Lonnie for letting me see an other side to your talent. You are a really, really good actor, and I could see that in how convincing the Grandpa was since he is a person at least 20 years older than you. That is called being a character actor, am I right? When you have time, maybe you could put something on ths site about what it is like to be an actor playing a part and how it is different from just being a Mousketeer. I know I would like to know more and I think others would also. Your fan, Heather G. Brisquee. PS Sorry I don't have email - I saw your pages while I was visiting a friend's house and she let me use hers to write this.
Hi Lonnie! I stumbled onto your site in a link from a site about Annette. I am 46, and have always loved the MMC. I had worn out my copy of a record of the MMC- boy I wish I had a copy now! I will continue to surf the web, in hopes of finding out more about MMC and its galaxy of stars!
Lonnie, I just discovered your site and I love it. I was just 10 not quite 11 in 1975 when I saw MMC for the first time. It was twenty years old by then but I fell in love with show. I watched it faithfully every day after school, and I considered you and the other Mousekateers friends whom I could drop in and visit anytime. It was fun: Monday (Fun with Music), Tuesday (Guest Star Day) etc. I loved the serials (Spin and Marty, Annette, The Hardy Boys). And yes, I remember Jimmy Dodd's words of wisdom at the end of each show. One I remember vividly..."A man decides to avoid making mistakes by sitting in his chair all day...That's the biggest mistake of all..." I rememer reading about you writing a book THE EFFECTS OF TAP DANCING BEFORE PUBERTY. This was in the eighties and I was curious if you ever had it published. If so, is it still available? Once again, thank-you for creating this site and just for being Lonnie Burr. God bless. Tom Carson
who were the original members of a mickey mouse club?
Hi Lonnie, I cannot think of a better way to end a Thanksgiving Day Holiday then to visit your site and to look at all the great pictures! Thank you for sharing it all! Happy Holidays to you and your family! Mary
Lonnie, You wrote: "The series was innocuous but it was not merely entertainment. It foreshadowed the didacticism of "Sesame Street" and shows of that kidney." Some of us linguists were surprised at your use of the word "kidney" in that statement. Did you really mean "kidney," or did you mean to write "kind" ?? Thanks for your reply. ~~~ jerry
Hi Lonnie, I am part of the last wave of kids who discovered the Mickey Mouse Club on the Disney Channel. I always enjoy waching the show especialy you and Sharon. Sharon is my height, and I can see a similarity in your dancing to my altime favorite dancer, Fred Astaire. Arika Bowles
Hi Lonnie, J8ust stoped in for another look around to see whats changed. Place still looks good to me. Keep up the as ever good work. OH...And by chance to you live in P.G. county ? Fought fire there for a few years. A kids dream come true you might say. Happy New year to you and all the other mousers. Now if I could only locate B.G. Norman... - Kurt Spitzner-
Great site Lonnie! Glad one of the Mouseketeers is letting us know what is going on. Lots of "new MMC" sites, but us oldtimers want to know about the originals. Annette's cousin lives up the street from me here in Asheville, but I'm sure he wouldn't want to be bothered for updates, so I will watch your website. Thanks
I love the MMC I whatch it all the time.Do you still do aditions for yhe MMC Thank you
Dear Lonnie, Thank you for this labor of love website, which brings back so many wonderful memories. You and Annette were always my two favorite mouseketeers. I was wondering if you could provide any information about the first WHAT I WANT TO BE episode on the MMC, the one about Airline Pilot/Airline Hostess? Whenever Disney broadcasts the old series they always leave this out; is it perhaps because the TWA Super G Constellation is considered dated? (but then, you could say that about a lot of the other things from 1956.) This series thrilled and inspired me, and I would love to be able to see it again. What happened to the pilot, hostess, and their chaperone, that funny guy? Thanks!
Lonnie, Thanks for sharing a lot of your momentos and thots about this very famous old tv show,which i remember very well. It was another time,another place...but i remember it with great fondness! Rave on, Steve Owen
It's great to know that the old folk like me can go to a place that brings back a lot of good memories. Keep up the great work. Anthony James
Hey There, Hi There, Ho There, Lonnie! You and the other Mouseketeers and been a part of my life since Day One of the show - I even had a toy plastic copy of Jimmie's MouseGee-Tar when I was a kid! The show kept me glued to the TV - and when I can catch an occasional rare rerun on The Disney Channel, I glue myself to the TV again and all around me stops so that I can once again pay full attention to The Mickey Mouse Club. Heck, I even learned how to spell "encyclopedia" from Jiminy Cricket! I still "sing" it to myself when I need to type or write that word. . .Thank you for a great website and for helping to keep a wonderful time and wonderful people to last forever. Your Fan, (Ms.) Toby Padgett, now of Portland, OR, formerly of Chicago, IL.
Lonnie I enjoyed your web pictures of the celebration for Annette (I saw a few on another web site,also). One of the pictures included Cheryl Holdridge, which made me remember an article I saw in a magazine while waitting in an office. The article, more like and add, mentioned Countess Cheryl Holdridge- Reventlow-Post. Is this the same as Mouseketeer Cheryl? Howard Elyria, Ohio Once a MMC member, always a MMC member!
Lonnie I should have read your "Anything can Happen" papge, which had the answer to my question concerning Cheryl as a onetime countess. Thanks, anyway. Howard Elyria, Ohio
I really need some help...Me and my Pampered Chef friends are putting on a little promotional skit promoting our incentive trip to Disney World. We are trying to remember what was said when someone got their ears.... everyone is in the u shape...they say something like "_____ step up, here's your ears...." We are at a loss and really would like some help! Please drop me an email asap...our skit is due in 3 weeks! Thanks! Jamie
In about a year, the Mickey Mouse Club will mark the 50th anniversary of its premiere, and to this day I am furious that this great standard-bearing program is not given airtime on The Disney Channel anymore. In fact, nothing Disney is given airtime of The Disney Channel anymore. (I guess the 'suits' never heard the mantra, "if it isn't broken, don't fix it'. I would like The Disney Channel to consider airing The Mickey Mouse Club again. Also, it would be a great coup to the Walt Disney Studios if season sets of The Mickey Mouse Club could be made available on DVD for present and future generations of children. I appreciate your comments.
I am a new member to Mousefest and I know I will love it.
Lonnie: Why is it that there never is any information anywhere about how Annette is doing with her battle with MS. Do you think she is totally confined to bed? Wish we fans could hear something once in a while. Her family must keep it very private. Thanks for any info. Diane Bauman
I wish thay would make a new version of the Mickey Mouse Club that I can join If thay ever do make a new version email me Please Carlie Orem Utah 84058
dear lonnie, this is an awesome site!!!! i cant beieve you were a mouseketeer. that is so cool
Yo Lonnie! LOong time....thanks for the up-dates...How's that new roof holding up ?? Lonnie; you're the coolest! Keep up the good work, but don't work too hard. *always faithful and tryin hard to live up to the code* DAVE HIGGINBOTHAM (mouse contingent: Woodburn, Oregon)
I sure miss you all on the MICKEY MOUSE CLUB. I used to have the fun time of my life when I sat in front of the tv and had a ball singing the songs along with the group and everything that went along with the show. Love, Sandy
I was just browsing the web and came upon this site. Very interesting for a former kid who looked forward to show each day. Came upon the question about the What I Want to be series that was on the first few MMC shows. I believe the fellow who escorted the young man and lady thru the TWA training facility and on to there trip may have been the actor in the movie Susan Slept Here,I am not sure of that though. Would love to see that old film clip. It started an intrest in flying for me. I ended up recently a 37 year career as a pilot for one of our nations leading airlines.
Dear Lonnie -- today -- I put this link on Mousestars.com guestbook and now I am giving same to you. ----- I would very much appreciate it that you make sure that the Funicello family see same -- as Annette is almost blind -- she might only get to hear it - but please - if possible please make sure she does: ---- http://www.geocities.com/poetrysusan57/Annette.html Your friend Marge
Lonnie you were so lucky to have been a part of Walt Disney's life as he was yours! I can only imagine how wonderful it may have been for you. Not only were you a great and favorite Mouseketeer but you are a great actor as well! Your site is wonderful and I always wish you only the very best. Disney fans can read my poem at: http://www.justdisney.com/Features/poem/index.html I hope all Disney fans enjoy my poem! Martha O'Brien
As always, I have enjoyed "catching up" on your news. I love Ford's Theater, and would have enjoyed seeing you in action there. What is Dave Stollery up to these days? Sharon in Oregon
Very sorry about the loss of your Mom. Folks say others don't understand the feeling of loss. I do understand your loss. I lost my Mom in 2001. Really 3 family members in 6 weeks. Thenin Sept 2003 I lost an Aunt, Cousin 9 days apart. My cousin took ill suddenly the night of my Aunt's service. Died 2 1/2 days later holding her hand as she left this world. My family is so much smaller now. So am really sorry your Mom passed away. It will take a while to get over. In my family Mom had no will or trust. So can you say probate since Oct 2001. Now I have 2 brothers who don't talk. So you can say I lost my whole family. Except my hubby, son's,a grandson. With 2 on the way. Rememeber the good time. You will get mad at her for dying. But you'll get pass that too. Hope you will smile when you think of her. And know she loved you! Regards, Debbie Bickford
I loved the essay, both its beginning and its addendum. I just finished sniffling over the 1995 movie about Annette and it made me remember all of you. Thank you for those memories. Liz Flaherty
Enjoyed the website very much. Do you know what happened to Moochie?
Lonnie...none of your sites seem to work for me.....grrrr.....hope this one works.....firstname.lastname@example.org.....that wqould be Richard.....
Lonnie, I would like to know if you have heard from Lynn Ready and if you have a website or contact information for him. Thank you K.Lee Marti Orting Washington
Lonnie, My condolences on the passing away of your mother, your tribute to her is very touching. Please continue to maintain and update your great website. Are you still on the "other side" of the Mall, at the Air and Space Museum?
Hello Lonnie: I just HAD to let everyone know what a fantastically KOOL site this actually is... Congratulations!! Re: "What I Want To Be" : the actor was Alvy Moore, who did indeed appear in Susan Slept Here, at RKO, and Pat Morrow, who will always be best remembered as Rita on Peyton Place. The Adventures in Dairyland, Corky and White Shadow,series etc were so sweet....and made us all sit up and take notice...... Many heartfelt THANX Lonnie for being one of the "Leaders of the 21st Century". In retrospect, it is clear that the MMC was an incredible "lightening rod"......too bad there is such a dearth of truly INNOVATIVE programming for kids today. And just WHO are the "stars" of Kid's TV today? Can you even name one of these computer enhanced "virtual" stars?? Whereas the MMC starred YOU kids, who were... "like us", and therein lies it everlasting charm....Charm that will not fade, instead, only becoming MORE vibrant in our collective memory! God Bless you Lonnie, and cheerio, from the UK.
THIS IS A GREAT SITE..I LOVE REMEMBERING ABOUT MMC..I WISH THEY HAD THE SHOW ON DVD..I HEAR THERE IS GOING TO BE A CONVENTION IN ITASCA, ILLINOIS IN AUGUST..HOPE TO BE THERE. THANK YOU
Hiya Lonnie, Thanks for the many wonderful memories and for your website! I have been a big fan since the series went on TV in the 1950's. I just wish The Disney Channel would run it again. . .maybe followed by a few episodes of Zorro! Have been following your adult career too. Thanks again for all of the happiness you've given me and all your other fans. Best Wishes, (Ms.) Toby Padgett, Oregon Now, Chicago Then. . .PS - For some reason, instead of saying something like "Holy Smoke," I've always said "Meeska Mooska!" LOL!
THEY USE TO HAVE THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB ON TV IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE NIGHT I WISH THEY STILL DID. I LOVE ALL OF THE SHOWS. ESPECIALLY SPIN AND MARTY AND THE HARDY BOYS.
I am trying to find a talent roundup that would have been either in 1955 or 1956 that featured Darlene Gillespie introducing her sisters - The Gillespie Sisters for a performance on the Mickey Mouse Club Talent Roundup.....would anyone know if a VHS tape exists of this off of cable? The sisters were Pat, Larrian and Gina Gillespie
I love the website. It brought back so many good memories. M-I-C-K-E-Y-SEE YOU REAL SOON.
Hi Lonnie, I just saw you on stage last night in Palm Springs. You look great! I guess we are younger than we think we are! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer questions and it was great to see you! I am hoping to see other original Mouseketeers someplace but I bet you look younger than almost any of them except maybe Cubby. I like your "almost shaved head" look, too. I hope lots of people get to see you. Bye for now, Heather
Hi Lonnie, I just left a note but I don't see it so here is another one since I wanted to tell everyone and you too how great you were on stage in Palm Springs. You were so friendly with the questions and answers and like I said before, but maybe it got erased, I rally like what I call the shaved "almost no hair" look. If my other message comes through I am sorry for saying almost the same thing twice. Bye for now, Heather
Hi Lonnie! I just wanted to say I am soooo excited about the Mickey Mouse Club DVD coming out in December. It's going to be hard to wait. I have never even seen any of the hour long shows, so being able to see the first five will be a huge thrill! Arika Bowles P.S. I was born about 50 years too late for the first showing.
Enjoy reading about the mouseketeers. MMC was part of my growing up. Forgot the innocence for a while, but nowlook back with warm feeling. Names on the post card are blurred. Who is under Cubby. Is it "Vic" It's a name I don't recognize. Wich more mouseketeers would write about their experiences as hyouthful performers the the road to adulthood, role of MMC etc. Thanks
love your pics burt and nancy hall
Reading this makes me feel young again. Wish Disney would release more videos of original shows and video of the 1980 reunion.You've never forgotten us. We've never forgotton you. Yeah,Mickey Mouse Club.
Here it is 2 A.M....'couldn't sleep...'decided to surf for a while and WOW, I somehow came upon your website. What fun to remember my favorite show and everyone on it. Now I'll have to dig through my attic boxes for my original MMC magazines and my club membership card. My grown son thinks I'm out of my mind but I still remember the words to all the songs that introduced each day of the week on the show. My 2 year old grandson especially likes "Round em up, bring um in, everybody's sure to win, step right up, here we go, OH, what a rodeo!..." We dance around the kitchen table singing at the top of our lungs...Thanks Lonnie!
Lonnie -- It was great stumbling onto your website and taking a short stroll down memory lane. My family moved to the Valley in 1956 and I never missed the MMC after school. Glad to see you're still performing. Best wishes, -- Jim Robertson
Happy Birthday Lonnie! I hope you have a wonderful day! Arika
Long live Mickey! Nobody has forgotten that wonderful show, I am in my late fifties and recall my sister and brother and I GLUED to the old black and white set whenever it was on. I LOVED the Hardy Boys, the songs and dancing, the Mouseketeers were great (Annette being my favorite- one of my daughters bears her name) It was just good clean fun entertainment. Occasionally catch myself humming to myself-- Mic-key Mouse. An old fan Sharon Mitts
Lonnie: MMC was a must watch for me in the 50's. If you can....do you know if the 25th anniversary show on NBC in 1980 w/Paul Williams is coming to DVD? Super Love to have it....Edward Van Fossan
I am writing because I love Annette. And A dream is a Wish your Heart Makes, had helped me to determine that my brother could possibly have had MS. As it turned out a few weeks ago he was diagnosed with MS. My brother is my hero, and I would like to do a fundraiser for the MS foundation, through Creative Memories, in which I am an independant consultant. Thank you - Laurene Mercantini - Ermi
WONDERFUL SITE I was an avid watcher in 1956 and 57( Iwas 5 ) . The MMC was part of my childhood as was probably many others . You and the other kids were so exceptional . like someone said, it was another time and another place but it was so special . I usd to see it on Disney at 2 or 3 in the morning but maybe if you showed them this list of comments they might put it on at a more resonable hour. John Gonzalez Santa Clarita
the mmc was wonderful and this site is a blessing;my best to all the mice.....to any mice who speak to annette tell her i have always thought of her as a grand example of pretty is as pretty does..............she's pretty inside as well as out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!thanks sandra 4/25/52
Not sure how I got to this web site, but I am glad that I came. I am in my 50s and loved MMC as a kid. I had some of those great view master reels of the MMC. Thanks for the site. I was sorry to know that we missed seeing the reruns on the Disney Channel, since we don't have cable. My husband and I would have enjoyed that. It probably is all about the innocence of that era.
Lonnie, Like all the rest, I am grateful that you do this site.I was 5 when the Mickey Mouse Club came on the air. We never Missed it. I have watched it over and over on cable and recently purchased the 10 videos that were released some years earlier. Unfortunately they only have the Half hours episiodes but me and my grand daughters get lots of entertainment out of them. Like many other boys, Annette was my first Love. I have a fairly large collection of Annette and Mickey Mouse Club memoribilia. It was one of the Happiest times of my life watching you , Annette, and the rest. Thank You for then and thank You for this website. Mickey Rules Now and Forever.
July 28,2004 Dear Lonnie, I Loved your Mousekteer web site, And your wonderful career. I am wondering if you might have any memorbilia of Jimmy Dodd, he was my God Father, He passed away during my early teens. Would apreciate contact through e-mail on possile info. Thank You. Kerry Lee Hill (Soto) E-Mail DSOTO@NCTIMES.NET
Great site, Lonnie, and I have sent you an email on another topic, too. By the way, it seems to me that the last year The Disney Channel aired any MMC episodes, there was one week where they showed a few of the original 1-hour versions from 1955. And, I remember they did show the one that had the boy and girl learning about a career with the TWA airlines, on being a pilot for the airlines and a stewardess... Someone asked earlier who the man was, the actor who took the boy and girl through TWA facilities...I believe, if I'm not mistaken, that was Alvy Moore, the fine actor who played the County Agent Mr. Kimball on the CBS sitcom "Green Acres" with Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor. Sure was interesting to see this fine comic actor in a relatively straight role on the MMC in tis first year. I believe Mr. Moore passed away in recent years. Aagin, thanks for the nice site. See ya real soon! Jim Hilliker Monterey (formerly Anaheim), California
VERY NICE SITE
Great Job! Thanks for all the time and interest. I enjoyed it thorougly.
Hi Lonnie! I , too, watched the Mickey Mouse Club. I had the shirt with my name on it..the ears...and knew all the song and dances. I could have done without the stories and cartoons. All I wanted to see were the Mouseketeers. When the show was cut to a half hour, my favorite part of the show was cut short..and that was the kids. When I watch the show to this day, I still look forward to the singing and dancing segments. Kathy!!!! PS I'm still and KID at 58.
Am thrilled to hear that a DVD is coming out with the whole first week of the Mickey Mouse Club. Keep me posted!! Wish Disney would put together a DVD of the entire first, second, and third years of the MMC on DVD; one of each year, of course, to make maximum money. Even better would be if they released just the Mouseketeer performing segments. The first and second years were the absolute best!! Say hello to Sharon for me; she was always my favorite Mouseketeer and she inspired me to have my very own MMC; we put on shows with music taped off of the TV; we had the costumes from Shirtees, Inc, and there were about 12 of us involved doing this for about 3 years.
What fun, & it's interesting to see how much else you've done since the Mouse days...wish the Disney Channel would bring back Vault Disney & show it at a decent hour - like WAY before midnight! I hardly watch this channel at all anymore, just new junk, & these new kids don't seem very talented to me. I've been lucky enough to meet Annette & maybe I will meet you in a touring show someday. Or...will you be at Disneyland's 50th birthday next July 17?
Memories. They're beaut.
Hello to one of my favorite guys, Mickey Mouse Club was and still is my favorite. I love Annette and now I have a site to help me keep up with all of you. Great site Lonnie, Thanks for the memories. Your Friend, Patricia
I HAVE BEEN AN AVID MOUSEKETEER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER. ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS BE A MOUSEKETEER WHEN I GOT OLDER. IT WAS ODD, BECAUSE I WAS BORN IN 1969, ELEVEN YEARS AFTER THE FACT, BUT, THANKS TO SYNDICATION, I WAS RIGHT THERE WITH ANNETTE AND THE REST OF THEM. I AM AN AVID COLLECTOR OF ANYTHING MOUSEKETEER. ONE OF MY FONDEST MEMORIES IS FROM 1978, MICKEY'S 50TH BIRTHDAY AND MY SISTER AND I SAVED OUR MONEY FOR MONTHS SO WE COULD GO TO DISNEYLAND AND SEE THE "OLD" MOUSEKETEERS AND THE NEW ONES. MY DREAM CAME TRUE WHEN WE ENTERED THE GATES ON MAIN STREET AND MARVELLED AT THE MOUSEKA SIGHT!!!! I SAW ALL OF MY OLD FAVORITES AND MY NEW CRUSHES AND FAVORITES. I AM SO GLAD THAT I FOUND THIS WEBSITE, IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO FIND OTHER SITES ONLINE THAT GIVE ANY UPDATES ABOUT THE MOUSEKETEERS. TO ALL OF THE MOUSEKETEERS OUT THERE, OLD AND NEW, I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THE HAPPINESS AND JOY YOU HAVE BROUGHT TO ME THROUGHOUT MY LIFE AND THE LESSONS YOU TAUGHT THROUGH THE CLUB. YOU ARE ALL CHERISHED IN MY HEART. JODY BETH SMITH-GONZALEZ PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZONA (FORMERLY OF WHITTIER,CA)
Everytime I see a child star on TV I wonder what the child stars of my age are doing now, especially the Mouseketeers. There were are still are my favorites.I assume they cherish their private lives but there isn't enough info on them on the ner.
I loved to watch the "Mickey Mouse Club" in the 50's As a young boy in NH, I would sit in front of the small black and white screen with my Mickey Mouse ears in place. I could only dream of Disneyland because it was soooo far away! I loved the show then and still do now. I am really looking forward to the new DVD and will probably watch it many times. Thanks for the memories. Bob Trafton
I'm anxious for a 50th. I grew up on MMC. Loved everything about it, the fun, the music, the skits, the serials. What was there not to like when times were simpler and we were innocent? What are the mice doing now?
lonnie i think your web site is great, you have done some great things in your life keep at it.
PHOENIX, AZ -- This a.m. (November 8, 2004) The Annettte Funicello biographical movie was being shown and I was driven to find out how she and the gang that I use to invite into my home were doing. At 52, my 2nd family and I have spent a good deal of vacation time in ANahiem and I have tried to share (and with success) the pleasures and simplicity life was like in the 50's and 60's. We just returned from our first (and only) trip to WDW Orlando and the buzz was just overwhelming. It was fun ...but I couldn't help myself in thinking that the success of all that surrounded me (DISNEY) came from more than just a mouse...it came from guys and gals like you and those in the background. You Mouseketeers drew us into your realm EACH WEEK offering us fund & exposure to things we would never see or experienc, EACH time we visited the Disneyland Park was partly due to you Mousketeers ("Do you think we will see Lonnie, or Annette or Cubby?) ... and Mousketters were part of the reason we turned on the tube or went to the movies. Well, I AM GLAD A DVD is in the works for a DEcember release. I sure wish I could be one of the first to receive ... autographs would be great ... but bringing back those memories and encouragements will be a wonderful deja vu. ((THis meant a lot for a farm kid out in the country of Arizona)) So, I tip my hat to you and truly wish the years to follow will be great, entertaining ... and room for a small smile to folks like us. "...because we like you!"
i just wanted to let you know that i love all of the mouseketeers and always will. that you for having this web site for the young and for the young at heart. i grew up with all of you. thank you for making my childhood so good
Hi Lonnie, Just stopping by to say hello. I am so exited that the DVD is coming out in only three weeks! Arika Bowles
Lonnie, well the dvd is just over a week away from being released. Has anyone heard anything at all pertaining to first year mouseketeers Nancy and Bronson? What about third year mouseketeer Linda? I know that the dvd will have all of the shows from the first week and that's what brought to my mind mouseketeers Nancy and Bronson. I've also wondered about Linda because she was so cute and very talented. What about Mary from the first year? How was it that Jimmie, Roy, and Bob passed away? I'd heard that Jimmie had a heart attack in Hawaii. Is that true? What about Roy and Bob? If anyone knows or has ideas pertaining to the answers to my questions,Please send me an e-mail. Thanks. Harold
Hi Lonnie. I too sang and danced along with all of you. Had the same clothes and tap shoes. I still have my orig MMC Mags and the old orange 78 records. I lived and breathed the MMC. My favorite was Karen. One of the magazines showed her coming out of the class room and it described the color of her dress. I had one made just like it. Light blue with white lace on the skirt. I wear a Mickey patriotic pin every day since 9/11. After reading the other comments, I see a DVD is coming out. I have a few of the shows on VHS. The original Mouseketeers were the best ever. Thanks for this great site. Nickie Gail, Redlands, CA.
Dear Lonnie, I just wanted to let you know how much the MMC meant to me. I was about four years old when reruns were aired on our ABC affiliate station. I remember crying each day as the show ended, because I never wanted it to end. Okay, now you are going to think that I am a complete nerd, but I even had my mother purchase some mouse ears, and sew a bow onto them just like the other mouseketeers. You, and your co-stars brought so much joy into my life, and were such a source of inspiration. Thank you so much for doing the MMC. You were an integral part of the cast. And, thank you for allowing me to comment. It is an honor to email you!!!
Dear Lonnie: I am delighted to hear that a DVD of the first week of the Old Mickey Mouse Club is soon to be released. It will be great to see these episodes once again and I hope that there will be more DVD's of other episodes. This show was a vital part of my childhood and at 60, I look back at those years with a great deal of fondness. Please let me know when the DVD is released so that I can obtain a copy. In Christ Julie I. Fichtner
Hi Lonnie, My Nick Name is DarkHawk, I added this on Steve's Guest Book! Love the web site! I visited all the web site's and check all the links. And I think it is great what you are doing. The Mickey Mouse Club will forever hold a very special place in my heart. Lonnie has done a great job on his web site as well. I will be Commenting more later in all your Roll Call and Guest Books. PS DarkHawk is just my nick name I use for my mirc Chat Channel on Houston.TX.US.Starlink-IRC.Org Channel name #mirc_colors I have been owner of this channel for going on 8 years. Also Visit my Web site at http://www.angelfire.com/music4/darkhawk/ For more Info on the mirc Internet Relay Chat program and how it works goto www.mirc.co.uk and visit us for lots of fun chatting playing colored popups, Play and Grab some great music. That we all Love! by the way the program is a free download. Just set it up and come visit me there! Hope to see you and all the original Mouseketeers someday if not to buzy. Please sign my guest Book! Thanks, for keeping the spirit of The Mouseketeers alive! DarkHawk, Give a Special thanks to the whole club for being a part of our life. What great memories this brings back. PS If you would like my e-amil addy let me know via my Guest Book! Thanks, Annette we Love you! and we know first hand how nasty MS is. My wife was Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis on Nov 19 1998 Stay Cool Lonnie Hope to hear from you and the Mouseketeers! --DarkHawkºoº
Hi, Lonnie -- Thank you for a wonderful website. I have been profoundly moved by the recent release of the MMC on DVD, and hope to see other releases covering seasons two and three. The MMC remains one of the most cherished memories of my early childhood. I will always remember the opportunity to speak with you and several other Mouseketeers for a segment of "2 on the Town" on KCBS-TV in 1982. Those conversations with you, Sharon, Bobby, Tommy, Sherry and Ruth Carrell Dodd remain engraved in my memory. I even had the chance to watch several episodes of the MMC in a Disney screening room. Watching the new DVD rekindles all of these memories for me. Thanks again, Lonnie, and Happy New Year to you and everyone in the Mouseka-family. Russell Kishi Glendale, California
Lonnie - You've done it all! Just watched the Mickey Mouse Club first week on the Walt Disney Treasures DVD! What a kick. This is a terrific website and a great tribute to your time and many talents! Thanks for putting it together for all your old fans to enjoy! Jack
I love getting to find out what my favorite mouses are doing now and looking back to their childhood, gives me the opprotunity to go back to mine as well. Those were such happy times, rushing home from school to get homework done just in time to flip on the tv and sit down to watch the MMC, kids these days just don't know what they are missing! Thanks Lonnie for all the time and effort you put into this site. Memories are beautiful and especially when they can be shared.
Hi Lonnie, just wanted to visit and say how much fun this site is and how much we all enjoy the Magic! By the way....you all look so good on the new DVD! Great Job! At least I get to be a little part of the Disney Fun because I get to create artwork for Disneyland Resort for their special events! I love this site because it just goes to show that we don't have to grow up! We get to stay young forever! Keep up the great work Lonnie! Thanks for keeping us up to date on all the mice! David Bird lightdesignstudios.com
Hi Lonnie, My husband and I have been enjoying the Mickey Mouse Club DVD which we just purchased. It brought back great memories of the TV show back in the 50's. Every day I would eagerly watch the show at 5:00 PM back in the Boston area. I was 10 at the time. I got the magazine subscription to the show and made a scrap book of all the Mousekateers. My favorites were Annette and I had a crush on Tommy Cole. Loved his voice even when it started to change (crack). I saw Annette many years back when she and Paul Anka performed at the Orange Show in San Bernardino, CA. How is Annette doing? When my son was young, he watched the reruns of the show with me and then the new Mickey Mouse Club which did not compare at all. I mentioned to him that we had bought the DVD and he remembered the shows. He is now 28. Thank you for this web site. Cyndi
Lonnie, I realized after I sent the message last night that it was Frankie Avalon that performed with Annette at the Orange Show in San Bernrdino. They were great and sang many of the songs from Beach Party, Mickey Mouse Club plus others. Annette was great but I did not realize at that time she had MS. I enjoyed the interviews with the Mouseketeers on the Mickey Mouse Club Treasures DVD. Interesting seeing you all grown up and hearing how the show influenced your lives. Will there be a DVD of the Spin & Marty series? Cyndi
where could i locate video of "Boys of the Western Sea" from 1956,57?, steve
Fascinating! I always wonder about the after-life of a Mouseketeer! Ran across this site accidently and I found it to be a great site! I was always a fan of Lonnie's! MMC was such a huge part of my childhood!
Hi Lonnie: I have accessed your site before and you have kindly returned email answers to me. I haven't checked your info since your Mom died, so I don't know where you have been lately. Can you let us know how Karen Pendleton has been lately? I understand she has been quick active in the California effort to help the dsiabled. And, of course, if you can, how the Queen of the Universe, Annete Funicello, is fairing. I am currently unemployed in California, so I have a few minutes to recheck this EXCELLENT and enjoyable website. Will finally get to Fess Parker's Winery this year. My Mom is now living out here (from Chicago) and really wants to see it. I actually finally got to meet Fes at the Buddy Ebsen tribute a few years ago in North Hollywood. What a GRACIOUS individual. He ought to really RUN for Congress, as Davy Crockett did. JRA_SAC
Thanks for this site. It brought back old memories. I used to love watching the Mickey Mouse Club. I always remembered Karen and Cubby. We even had a girl at my grammar school that looked like Karen! Thanks again. Wendy
Very nice page! I was a mouseketeer wanna be....still am ......Kathy Melton
We're the Mouseketeers, we want to say hello And give three cheers to all of you who see us Every day, you're OK, so welcome to our Mousekeclub and by the way, While you're here you're all the guests Of the merry Mouseketeers. We'd like to introduce ourselves to you So proudly put on your mouseke-ears, It's time to meet the Mouseketeers. Mouseketeer rollcall count off now... That just came into my head...after almost 50 years. What fantastic memories. Thank you Lonnie for keeping this alive. Bob Hay, Cincinnati Ohio
I love the website. It brought back so many good memories. M-I-C-K-E-Y-SEE YOU REAL SOON.
Hi, I'm from Perth, Western Australia and grew up loving the Mickey Mouse Club and particularly followed Annette's life and have written to her but never received an answer. Could you possibly arrange this as it is my dream. I'm roughly the same age as Annette and am so sad for her and what she's been through and remember how she entertained me and (millions of) others. Thank you Lonnie. xx Karen Jones
I always enjoyed watching the Micky Mouse Club as a child. Do all od you still keep in touch>
Oh my ...I've just been doing a little web surfing...damn where have the years gone?...I'm 54 yrs old and still feel as young as I did watching the MMC FAITHFULLY...in my own little world fantasizing being a mouseketeer...I tapped and played piano hoping some day I would "make it"...people are amazed that I can still rhyme off some of the little songs, etc...I live in Barrie, Ontario, Canada..just north of Toronto..I remember my aunt bringing me back some "ears" and I wore them faithfully...I'll mark this site as a favourite....Patricia Page, Barrie, ON, Canada
Namesake! I am happy I found your web page. Thank you for being a Lonnie :) In a world where there are tons of Bobbies, Sue's, and Johnnies. You were a special connection to me with that show. You made me and all Lonnies very proud. :) I have since been working for Disney for 15 years. Including a 10 year roll as an Animator for Disney. Lon (Lonnie) Smart :)
I was wondering if there was ever a Annetter doll I found one at a second hand store but cant seen to find out anything on the computer about it it is 3 inches high and has yellow shoes and a red dress with polkados on it and she is wearing her mouse ears please let me know I am a really big fan of Disney and have been saving things for 40 years thank you very much
Great to see that you are keeping the fun times/memories alive here. As a college student I worked at the Park for 5 years and saw some of the MMC cast members as they made appearances at the MMC Theater, or just were in the Park on visits. Although I was never a talented performer as all of you were, there was a magic in being a Disney cast member at the Park; I recall Walt visiting the Park many times during the summer of 1966 (not long before he passed away). He created a magical television program that lives through the years, as well as a Magic Kingdom that has been enjoyed by millions. Stay well and enjoy life; carpe diem. Tom Munsey - Disneyland Cast Member 1966-1970
The GREAT CAST of MICKEY MOUSE CLUB ,THANKS for all the fun watching and dreaming we where there with you all. For the memories that will last a life time.God bless Annette we all love you ,and hope all is well.Would love to get E-Mail from Annette. Christine
Love this web ,enjoyed reading letter and seeing pictures.
Thanks for all your help ... I think I saw that Disneyland MMC reunion show in 1980 and later talked with Cubby when he appeared with Shields and Yarnell at San Joaquin Delta College in 1981 or '82. Wondering if there's any video of the MMCs appearance on Tom Snyder. Also, I'm pleased to see your link to the Spin and Marty site ... I'm a friend of Darrin's and enjoy seeing him at our NFFC chapter meetings in Sacramento. I'll keep in touch. Thanks again ... Next time I see Mickey, I'll ask him to send you a special ear wiggle. Leo
HI LONNIE JUST CAME BACK FROM DISNEYWORLD, AS USUAL IT WAS TERRIFIC. GOT THE DVD OF THE MMC LOVE IT, WATCH IT ABOUT 20 TIMES.HOPE THEY COME OUT WITH MORE. WE NEED A REUNION OF THE MMC. MY NIECE WHO IS 16 LOVES THE MMC AS MUCH AS I DO. I'D TRAINED HER WELL WE BOTH GOT SWEATSHIRTS WITH THE OLD MMC LOGO ON IT...HEY M-I-C-K-E-Y DIANE
DEAR LONNIE, I REMEMBER THE SHOW FROM MY CHILDHOOD DAYS. I WISH THERE WHERE MORE CLEAN ENTERTAINMENT ON TV FOR MY YOUNG DAUGHTER. IS THERE A CLUB FOR THE NEW GENERATION OF KIDS TO RECEIVE FUN FACTS FROM LIKE WE DID IN THE FIFTIES AND THE SIXTIES? AS YOU HAVE GUESSED I AM A LATE IN LIFE MOTHER THAT WANTS THE BEST FOR MY CHILD. I HAVE BEEN PURCHASING THE OLD CLUB FILMS AT THE DISNEY STORE BUT WOULD LIKE MORE. THANK YOU AND THE OTHERS FOR MY WONDERFUL MEMORIES AS A MOUSKETEER WANNA BE. LOVED MY EARS AS A CHILD.
Hi Lonnie. Will you be at Disneyland at all for the 50th anniversary celebrations?
Hi! I just found this page and will come back. Cant wait to tell my son and his wife and my daughter! Great photos and memories and just feels good reading and seeing about the MickyMouse club the first one. I call it the real one. Do you know what Disneyland is planning for the Mouseketeers and Dianeyland's 50th??? I hope they will do somethingspeacial and that we will see yu and some of the other original Mouseketeers. I keep trying to find out what is happening but either they don;t know or they are not saying. I wondr if me and others should call or email them about having the Mouseketeers there. I called and talked to differet people twice at "guest relations" and the publicity departments and each one said something different but no one seemed to know. There is only one original Mickey Mouse Club that we all grew up with. I got married pretty early and my son grew up woth the reruns so did my daughter and my son's wife and him have a lot of tapes and play them for thier kids. So three gnerations of us know all of you and really feel like its a kind of family we belong to and want to see you in person now. I think we should email to Disneyland or to Disney and make sure you Mousketeers -- all of the original ones that can come celebrate and some of the other ones were good too. Of the girls I liked Mary, she looked so friendly and of course Don who was also on my 3 Sons was cute! Well, thanks for having this place for the MMC, Hope to "see yuh real soon" Mary Beth Sampson
Hi Lonnie, Have been a fan of the Mouse ever since I can remember. Mickey Mouse Club was required watching in my house as a kid. My parents loved the show. I, along with a million other boys, had the big crush on Annette.Having lived in Florida after graduating college, my family loved going to Disney World. My oldest son will be off to college this fall, when we asked him and my other two sons where they wanted to go, probably aour last trip with all five of us being together, thy said "Disney World". I'm glad they did. Enjoyed your site, will be back again. Thanks for the memories. Ron
what simple days and times. I remeber going to grammar school ( grade school) and learning the 3 R's. There were bullies I had to deal with but when I got home there was the Mickey Mouse Club. YEA! YEH! YIPPEE! for the Mickey Mouse Club and this site. Frank Mort JR
Lonnie, like Mary Beth Sampson, I, also, am wondering if they are going to be including you mice during Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration. What a shame if they don't, realizing that the mouseketeers helped to open up the place. Tom
I was born in 1965, and came home everyday to see the mouseka-reruns each afternoon in the 70's. I am now the mother of a 5 year old certified disneyjunkie(just like his mama and daddy before him!). We ordered the DVD set for him (and come on, for us too) and have watched him view enthralled the songs and dancing, the cartoons and especially Sootie, the little English puppet. Wow! I'm so happy that you have this site and that you, Mr. Burr, are doing well. Even those of us who missed the original airings remember and cherish the time that was the Mickey Mouse Club!! Amy
Hi Lonnie, I really enjoyed your page.I used to watch the show,when I got home from school. Thank you for the look from the past. I looked at your page with my 10yr old daughter,she loved it.Take care, Sincerly Yours,Ralph Sunchild
Great article by Lonnie
Dear Lonnie, Thanks for keeping the memories alive. We grew up in those special times of wonder. God bless! Mary Hughes
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LONNIE -- Hugs, Marge from Canada
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