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WALT DISNEY WAS BORN IN MOJACAR, ALMERIA in Spain !!!

mardi 22 juillet 2008
Jesse CRAIGNOU
Producteur, Podcasts.com
NOISY-LE-GRAND, France
It´s factual. 

Just like so much is true and good and so many-- just don´t want to believe it. 

Of course, no one in their legalistic right mind would say such a thing in print. 
It wouldn’t just be deformation of character, libellous, slanderish, hearsay calumny, rumour mongering, or downright dangerous gossip. 
Perish the thought! 

It would stretch the very limits of the imagination to the breaking point that would trouble our own childhood concept of fantasy.
Walt Disney was as American as they came. 

You can say it out loud: "Mother, apple pie, green backs (dollar bills) and Uncle Walt." A man of such immense importance and universal acclaim could only have come from far away golden shores. 
The image is appropriate. Disney fits together like all great American myths: Superman-- "truth, justice and the American way." 
And the best of that tradition was represented by the very ideals Disney espoused: imagination, optimism, and self-made success in the best of American traditions. 
Even the slightest murmur of that hallowed Disney name conjures up the finest reminisces of childhood: Snow White, Dumbo, Captain Nemo: pure fantasy served up on a big candy mountain.

For generations the Disney company with the same home drawn milk of comical commercialism that nurtured the American family of the 50’s hasn’t missed feeding the world it´s environmentally correct concepts. Whether it be nature films, travel logs, cartoons, educational documentaries, TV specials, theme Park fun, feature films, or a slight peek into what the future holds for mankind-- Disney was always there. Leading from the front, showing others how it was done.

One big block-buster song, film, or park followed the next. 
The whirlwind of fantasy never ceased.
But in all the hull-a-la-boo very few examined the man. 

Normal in most ways, he drank scotch heavily, smoked 70 specially rolled black cigarettes daily (and died from it youngish at 65), washed his hands thirty times an hour and spent his eighteen working hours dreaming of unusual characters from a world within himself: a talking mouse, a duck that became so famous he learned to quack in every known language; Goofy dog´s, Cinderella’s losing slippers, charming princes´ that awoke sleeping beauties, Lion Kings, Indian Princesses , beasts and of course fairies. 
You might say that other than his Kafkaesque habits, Walt Disney never grew up. He remained his entire lifetime locked into a living character resembling the antimated Peter Pan. Disney relived his childhood every day.
Not unsuccessful at his work he won more than 950 honours and citations world-wide, including 48 Academy Awards, 7 Emmys, 29 Oscars, and had received special commendations from every US president and many heads of states of Foreign countries for "his universal good will."
Disney just didn´t give a nation what they wanted. 

His concept of the future helped to remind the working class that they too could laugh and enjoy themselves. That done, the life of leisure was just down the road. 
That being so, Disney expanded out from just the motion picture industry and created theme parks for his new liege of followers to enjoy their universal "feel good concept." Now, it wasn´t just the thrill of individual assimilation but the whole family travelled there and shared the excitement together.

But while the media focused its attentions on Disney´s whimsical industry of escapism rumours persisted, spurred on by intimate friends, that Disney had an unusual past. Some suggested that this man that correlated to the American dream had an un-American background, an adopted childhood. 

The exact historical situation is complicated because Walt Disney himself never once denied his Hispanic origins. According to his life long friend Salvador Dali, they mutually discussed the situation on more than one occasion in private and Dali contended frequently "that Walt too was convinced of his Spanish origins".

In the states every public document asserts that he was born at 1249 Tripp Avenue in Chicago on December 5th, 1901. 
This much we know only from his legitimate daughter Diana (the other heir, Sharon Mae, was adopted). Diana insisted in her biography of her father this certain fact! 
However, two other biographer’s Richard Sickley and Bob Thomas contradict her both contending that when they queried Disney if he was from Mojacar "he smiled a far off nostalgic grin and would only repeat "Quien sabe?" Who knows? No one has been able to come up with an authentic birth certificate either from the Windy City or here in Mojacar where all the records were destroyed during the civil war.

MOJACAR
Don Jacinto, the former mayor of Mojacar that made the village famous by giving away free houses to lure the foreigners here to live tells the story that many years ago in the early 50´s men arrived at the then lonesome rugged hill top village attired in dark suits and examined the archives for traces of Disney. 
The detectives found little in their search but did announce themselves as working for Disney.

The street story of Mojacar is that Walt Disney´s real name was Jose Guirao, the son of a man by that name and a local beauty, one Isabel Zamora Asensio (popularly known as "la bicha"). Walt Disney, or better said, Jose Guirao was born in the village barrio of Espiritu Santo sometime in 1900. 
The father died young. As the mother had relatives in Villaricos she went there to live, met a sea captain that took the boy to Boston and sheltered him with a farming family from Kansas. 
Plenty of older residents keep this story alive as a matter of historical fact. "Where else could such a talent have come from but the very CORNER OF ENCHANTMENT."

Another version exists which I shall refer to as the GUAZAMARA
tale in which the same woman became romantically enlaced with another Mojaquero, Pedro Gonzalez Carillio, married and father of quite a few other children. In her disgrace she left Mojacar and took up residence in nearby Guazamara (some 25 kms away near Pulpi).

I went there. You start asking important questions by going to the bars. Buy a few drinks. Let the people know that you´re not a tax inspector. I was surprised. The very old folks remembered "something of the story". 
Apparently there had been a recent TV documentary done. News to me! The general consensus is that relations of "la bicha" (which isn´t necessarily an endearing term) live up one of the back roads. Lots of Zamora families have small cortijos near town. I discovered that the farms were located in a region known as EL Guirao (ring a bell?). 
It would have been a real kinda caper if Walt Disney had been born in one of them. 
The area is famed for alcaparas, in fact about 95% of the world´s capers come from there. 
The mother, Isabel Zamora then later moved to Murcia, then to Valencia, and it was there that she met the captain of a ship that transported minerals from Villaricos to California. 
They left together, Isabel becoming the maid in the house of her patron, a Disney that allowed the boy to use the name.

Another researcher on #Disney, Ken Polsson who maintains a very good Disney write-up on the webb has written to me suggesting that I "beg, borrow, buy, or steal a copy of "Walt Disney - Hollywood's Dark Prince". It goes into some detail the darker side of Walt that few books ever mention. It mentions that Walt suspected he was adopted, that his father (Elias) had an affair with a Spanish woman, and then adopted the resulting child (who was supposedly born in Spain). 
The book mentions that even the FBI investigated this in Spain. I don't know the facts or details of how much truth there is to it."

The more recognized public American version had him growing up in Kansas on a farm, attending art school, then moving to Chicago where he studied at McKinley High and later at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. In 1917 with war spirit moving him he decided to enlist but could never find an authentic birth certificate. 
He became suspicious himself. 
His parents helped him forge one so that during WW I he could serve as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross. Following the war and a bankruptcy failure from early cartoons he moved to California.

In reality, nothing documentary was every known about his early years. 
But, amongst the many American versions there is definite mention of Walt Disney himself being suspicious about his true parents. What few documents remain regarding the subject is that during the height of the Hollywood purge of anti-communism and un-American activities US President Eisenhower sent a memo to FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, asking for a quick name check on Walt Disney and three others, as persons considered for appointment to the Advisory Committee on the Arts, National Cultural Centre. 
As a result of the report, Walt was not appointed to the committee.

For my part I like leaving this story just where it is. 
Confused but factual. Mojacar deserves to claim him just as much as anywhere else. Walt Disney belonged to the world. That unique status is confirmed every generation by children that become enamoured with the same childhood antics that we all perceived: Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Huwey, Dewey and Louie still bringing smiles and giggles to Japanese, Arabs or Laplanders.
It makes no personal difference to me whether you accept my research or not. Like all good things from abacus to zeena... if you want to believe-- it´s true! 

I think he did come from #Mojacar. Yes, born in the barrior of Espiritu Santo. Come over and I will show you the exact house. As all of us true life explorers say around the camp fire when such momentous issues are discussed: "If it ain´t true-- it should be."

YES PENNY, THERE ARE UNICORNS!
by Ric Polansky ©
 

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Publié le 7 Mai 2014

Seven thousand years before Sumer, Göbekli Tepe was thriving… over a mere twelve thousand years and more ago… after the Ice Age when the rest of mankind live in stone age caves ! The wheel wasn’t around and nor had man domesticated animals… yet knew agriculture… Göbekli Tepe (the Navel of the World) could only have been designed by men of a higher culture… and probably more than one too… as it clearly shows different styles in the one construction… the celebrated pillars (each averaging 16 tons in weight !) being much more refined that the brick walls… my mind is people who built the pillar were high skilled ancient architects whereas the people who built the walls later were less skilled builders redefining the using of the building altogether… all of which seems akin to neighbouring (south) Jerf El Ahmar (Syria)… those highly refined pillars show no head feature of any kind… as though to hide the identify of the creatures represented there…

Their religion -whatever it was might have been-has given birth to our modern religions…

Four hundred and fifty kilometres to the west Çatal Höyük (Turkey) clocks up nine thousand years… and is believed to be the first city ever… in Çatal Höyük similar artefacts and works of arts have been found… putting Turkey well on the map of the dawn of a spreading thriving civilisation…

Göbekli Tepe is clearly the sign that there was indeed higher knowledge there… of an undeniably highly advanced science… before man’s –if man’s- skills sunk into oblivion whatever the reason…

There is just no way the man of twelve thousand years ago ever had the skills and knowledge to design and build those structures or anything like them… and if he did how come he left no indication of what and how… there seems to be a conspicuous desire to hide or keep secrets from us there…

Is Göbekli Tepe the work of ancient astronauts ? It could well be as they obviously had information that no one on earth had back then…

from Umma Dawn - The Confidential Files

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 2 Mai 2014

Translating is not merely or solely the act of passing a message from one language into another through an exchange of words...

It is the work of a specialist who can also interpret the cultural... as well as the verbal and technical content in context...

The best translator is the one who not only has studied language but has lived and worked in the various cultures he has to deal with...

That excludes online translation tools... which too often still miss the whole point altogether...

My experience is multilingual as well as multicultural...

I write and translate in those languages and read in many more... I have lived in many countries and dealt with many cultures at home and abroad... and all this has stretched my experience and knowledge well beyond my original offer...

I offer quality translations from and into French, Italian and English... which take all this into account and so much more...

My translations are complete ready-to-print documents... whether in business and technical or general contexts... from manuals and websites, brochures and catalogues, legal, administrative and commercial communication...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Bette DAVIS, Judy DENCH, Clint EASTWOOD, Shahrukh KHAN, Hellen MIRREN, Meryl STREEP, Liz TAYLOR have all enjoyed a long career and life on the silver screen filling, at the face value of their sole names, scores of cinemas and theatres... and we know they went through thick and thin to get roles with didn't always deserve top rankling premieres...

 

Alec BALDWIN, Morgan FREEMAN, Andy GARCIA, Mel GIBSON, Hugh GRANT, Gene HACKMAN, Jessica LANGE, Eddie MURPHY, Jack NICHOLSON, Al PACINO, Greta SCACCHI,  Kathleen TURNER, Danny de VITO all ground to a halt at the salient of a great and successful career... should who burns twice as bright burn twice as short ?


Those big stars were no mere one-hit wonders... they too filled rows of cinemas and theatres around the world...

Have they all retired into oblivion or merely decided to call it a day and live for good for real. While some will never hear any other than they all went to live on the dark side of the moon...

 

How long will the likes of Nicholas CAGE, Jim CARREY, Leo di CAPRIO, Tom CRUISE, Tom HANKS, Nicole KIDMAN, Will SMITH, Sylvester STALLONE, Denzel WASHINGTON live on in the public eye ? Might they all just as well catch as catch can... are they bruning the candle bothe ends ?

 

Jesse CRAIGNOU

 

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Publié le 21 Mars 2014

A couple of years ago one of my old friends came to visit me in Paris... all the way from Rome...

 

One morning I left her to her visiting and roving about the city to go to work... suggesting I could meet them back in the centre after work for a drink and dinner in town...

At 15: 30 I got a text telling me they had made it back home already and were shattered... they had seen Paris !

Getting back together They told me how they had pinabll shot all over the city and and seen everything in a couple of hours...

Now I have lived and worked in Paris for 28 years and made sure I visited everything I could -and even organised regular tours- and have not seen everything yet... as the city is old and packed with history and monuments !

I realised they had hardly seen anything...

 

Paris and France are the number 1 destination of the world... making it the favourite destination for tourists... clocking up over 80 million visitors...

Paris is a city consisting of villages... and they all more than deserve to be visited and explored one after the other... for lack of not seeing a lot... and not understanding the history and beauty of the city... so they Paris vistor will be well advised to do his homework and get his Paris right if he wants to make the most of the city...

Each part of the city has its own history, his own style and its own entity... catering for all tastes... while taking you through over 1, 000 years of of the world's history...

 

One of its most overlooked attractions is Paristoric:

http://www.paris-story.com

It is well worth a visit for many reasons... as it will give you a attractive view of the history of the city while entertaining you...

Another way to get a brid's eye view of the city is roaming all over in the double decker open top busses... which will also give the tourist a way of selecting or round a trip and all the various areas of Paris...

 

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 14 Janvier 2014

I have now serialised my short stories as a collection of collections...

 

Snippets, shreds, threads... of life... of lives...  tidbits... bites of real life with undertows... undertones of surreality...

 

My readers and narrators will thus benefit by the advantage of a clue as to what my writing have to offer...

Tidbits is where my short stories belong and are found...

A lot of them are coming out in audio book format now for more pleasure for your money...

A wide range of stories for the discerning readers...

  • A Woman's Day
  • Booster Shot
  • Deflecting Patience
  • In Between Stations
  • Keeping Me Company
  • Love... And Stuff Like That !
  • Love Wars
  • Poems & Songs
  • Righter
  • Second Helpings
  • Ten A Penny
  • To Think I Ran
  • Visionary Mountains

 

In my Tidbits people love and people die... people waltz in a twist of fate... sleight of hand rules the game...

and more and more are turning into audio books !

 

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Interview with Jesse CRAIGNOU

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed to my success in offering a platform for publishing and selling my books... via different distribution channels...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Playing with words and ideas... as much as sharing and exchanging...
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything ! They are our mirror...
What are you working on next?
A Science-Fiction book: Umma Dawn - The Confidential Files...
Who are your favorite authors?
Christian Bobin, Geoffrey Chaucer, Michael Crichton, Roald Dahl, Celia Fremlin, Sylvie Germain, Joanne Harris, Martin Millar, Nathalie Sarraute, Tom Sharpe, Peter Ustinov... to name but a few...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
People, nature, life, poetry, songs, communication, the surreal side of everyday life... everything and anything can inspire me...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading ! or writing...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
In many ways... browsing the web, recommandations, related subjects and material or sites...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes ! It was about my grand parents...
What is your writing process?
I don't have one... I tend to write spontaneously and easily... Ideas just comme to me in a flood... incessantly... and I just sit and write them...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was 'A History Of Time'... first story and first book...
How do you approach cover design?
Artistically... and from a high communicative point of view...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Sylvie GERMAIN's Book Of Nights
Sylvie GERMAIN's Echoes Of Silence
Kazuo ISHIGURO's The Remains Of The Day
Yasunari KAWABATA's The Adolescent
Nathalie SARRAUTE's The Golden Fruits
Tom SHARPE's Wilt,
...
Because of the play on words and with words... the game of situations...
What do you read for pleasure?
Challenging literature and poetry...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle and a phablet...
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords and ITunes... word of mouth...
Describe your desk
Overloaded and messy !
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
France, Iran & UK...
Each and all influenced me with their amazing cultures and arts... the cross cultural issues and exotica...
When did you first start writing?
Before I could read !
What's the story behind your latest book?
The origins of man and his connection to religion...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing, playing with words and situations and exchanging...
What would you like most as an author and writer ?
Exchange, write and read more

Published 2014-01-12.

 

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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I wish here to pay tribute to my narrators…. because they have also helped me… in more way than one and little do they suspect it…

They have lent me their voices and given me time… and all the while pushed my writing further… more than airing me they have given me voice and breath… and to a large extent breadth…

My narrators inspire me… push my pen further than I do even… and so we are making progress together…

 

I know it now… there is indeed a heaven for writers… and it’s filled with readers and narrators reading our writing… over and over… like angels watching over writers…

 

I tell tales and sometimes people believe them… believe in them… they board on my dream… and follow me… it’s crazy I know but then again it takes one to know one you know… and you know what I mean… you know how I feel… you know how I fill page after page with all those stories… that wherewithal… no denial… nowhere to run… nowhere to hide… you’ve just been told… you’ve just been sold… sold your soul to the devil… you can bet your bottom dollar on it… and try and put a fast buck on me… you know exactly where I’m coming from… from here on it’s only survival… law of the jungle… survival of the fittest…

 

Little do they know what they’re letting themselves in for… once in my lair… too late to come up for air… abandon all hope… returning… coming back for more is mere perversion… addiction… abandonship of one’s own volition… without any condition on their condition… absorption… mere abortion of will power…

 

Listening to my stories being narrated is both a humbling and enthralling event… narrators complement and supplement my writing… and I should always be so thankful to them for that… and the greater pleasure of our readers and listeners…

 

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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About My Writing

 

 

Coming from a multinational multicultural family I learnt many languages and to deal with many cultures…

This has shown me the importance of words and communication.

 

Words are sweet water to my lips…

For lack of a better word I’ll make up my own if I have to… if it serves the purpose of my writing… words are all yet sometimes words are not enough…

 

From the minute I could write I wrote… and haven’t stopped yet…

My first memory of writing was at home writing my name on my little blackboard… My father came to correct it… and writing was on for me from that moment on…

 

A couple of years ago one of my students presented a piece of his work about Louise BENNETT the first Jamaican woman poet and he got me thinking on how I wish I could go back to the dawn of writing… be the first person ever to write the first book in his language… the first fiction…

 

My main interests belong in life, people and nature.

People usually don’t see the surreal aspects of their life… when I do…

 

Most of my endeavours are about communication and my writings are very oral in fact… they are meant to be heard and said more than read… even if one should indeed enjoy reading them… whether books, texts, poems or songs would easily find their way to the radio or stage… and I have recorded a few that I offer for sale now…

 

I also write for business and communication as well as for children.

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 22 Décembre 2013

All my life I have had this urge to communicate to exchange to share… to liaise… I spoke when I was barely ten months old and wrote as soon as I could hold a pen… It’s been a let down and a breakdown in most of my endeavours… now people don’t listen to anything but the sound of their own voice… and when they don’t they just want their ears blasted with noise whatever…

It is sad to come to realise how lonely people are in too many cases… yet there is nothing they’ll do to exchange their loneliness for good company… trouble is they are now passing it down the generations… to make up for company they get fidgety and flutter hither and thither… further in the sole desperate hope of bumping into true love… a love that will give them and not take from them… and so the game is on again and the ball keeps rolling… they are now completely alone together… together apart together afar…

They go to social networks to preach and get good advice… yet whatever they write or read stops at the end of their sentence… for their words are mere words… words of inconsequence… words of distance… they go back to their comfortable discomfort zone… they blame society letting aside the fact that they are society and they live in the society they’ve created… still the more people I meet and the more I meet people the more I realise all they want to do is… talk…

 

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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