Sunday, March 14, 2010

Disneyland, Jolene Lake, MDA, Wally Boag, etc.

It's been a while since we've been to Disneyland. Today's photos show 3 1/2 year old Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) poster child Jolene Kay Lake visiting the park with her mother in October 1955. This was just a few months after Disneyland opened. The photo above shows them on the Peter Pan ride. The image below shows them with someone named JoAnne Steel (on the left) at the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant that once stood in Fantasyland.
Seattle native Jolene Lake (later Jolene Worley) went on to be a lifelong volunteer for MDA. According to the MDA, "she worked in planning and publicizing events in her community of Camano Island, Wash., was an award-winning amateur painter and advocated for greater accessibility for people with disabilities." She died April 17, 1993, at age 41.
Speaking of Disneyland, I somehow missed mentioning Werner Weiss' book review of Wally Boag: Clown Prince of Disneyland on

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

She had my exact name jolene kay lake lol spelled exactly the same as her