Taking the Mickey Works for Disney

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Taking the Mickey Works for Disney


QUESTION Mickey wasn't Mickey Mouse's original name. Why did it get changed? WALT Disney was frantically searching for a new cartoon animal by the spring of 1928 to replace Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

He had looked at dogs and cats while a cow and horse would later turn up as Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar.

A male frog was also rejected before Disney finally found his character. He got the inspiration for Mickey Mouse from a tame mouse who frequented his desk at Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mortimer Mouse had been Disney's original name for the character before his wife, Lillian, convinced him to change it.

Actor Mickey Rooney claimed that, during his Mickey McGuire days, the comedy series which launched his career, he met Disney at the Warner Brothers studio, and that Disney was inspired to name Mickey Mouse after him.

But this version of events has been debunked by Disney historians.

Joe McGrath, via email.

QUESTION What is the story of rotspon, a French wine matured in Lubeck, Germany? LUBECK, the second-largest city in Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany, on the Trave river, is also the largest German port city on the Baltic Sea.

Lubeck was historically an independent city state and came to considerable wealth as the capital of the Hanseatic League, a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe from the 12th to the 17th century. …

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