Happy Birthday to a Special Disney Friend!

Today I posted an article at Chip & Company as a tribute to a fellow C&C writer that we lost this year. I decided to continue the tribute by sharing a post here in Ken’s honor as well. Usually, today would be reserved for a Wednesday with Walt post and tomorrow I would normally post a Hug Among Disney Friends article, so I thought I would just combine the two to post a special birthday message about my friend, Ken.


I met Ken when I began writing for Chip & Company in 2010. He sent a really nice note to welcome me to the family and I liked him right away. Disney is a strong binding force among people, don’t you think? When you meet other Disney lovers there is just an unspoken understanding we have of each other, isn’t there? We know that there is no place on earth like the magical Disney parks; and we continue to visit there every chance we get, despite the multitude of people who just don’t understand.

In my Hug Among Disney Friends posts, I always begin with a statement that I wrote a long time ago and that is, “To me the human element is such an important part of my travels to Disney or anywhere else. Our lives are all woven together in one way or another. Taking the time to pay attention and to soak it all in is so important.” I mean every single word of that statement. I believe people are the most important and valuable element of enjoying a good life — wouldn’t you agree?

Disney people are special people. My friend, Ken, was a very special person who absolutely loved sharing Disney with anyone who would listen. Sound familiar? He wrote about anything that could help someone enjoy their trip more or make their travels easier. He wrote many of his articles geared to seniors enjoying Disney. In fact, his main segment on Chip & Company was called Disney for Seniors (or as he affectionately called it, Oldies but Goodies)…and he indeed was a goodie!

Way back when, I had an idea for a new series on Chip & Company called Wednesday with Walt and I had Chip’s blessing on beginning the series. I now post it here on Ideally Disney rather than on C&C but one of my biggest supporters and people who truly appreciated my articles on Walt Disney was Ken. He had such nice things to say to me and he was so encouraging. I really appreciated every word he said.

Ken got sick with cancer and was treated and doing well for a while. Then, it came back and was more aggressive than ever. I sent him get well cards and it was never long before I would receive an email or facebook message from him thanking me for the card, the prayers and for thinking about him. In February of this year, I visited Disneyland and sent him a couple of postcards. I never heard from him and finally, in the second week of March, I tracked down his wife (with the help of my good friend, Mike). She told me that Ken had passed on while I was at Disneyland. Actually, he had passed the day I mailed the postcards. 

When I think of how people touch our lives — how in each and every way they contribute to our journey, I remember that it is always the people who make the difference. In fact, Ken said, The vision and loveproduced by everyone who works/has worked there has made Disney an icon that produces a feeling of Magic and happiness in everyone exposed to it. I think that also goes for every line of every article he sat and typed to try to help others find this wonderful thing we call the Disney magic. Ken was a shining example of that. 

Happy birthday, Ken! Love and miss you, my friend!

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Lisa
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5 years 6 months ago

Extremely well documented! A hundred hearts would be too few. To carry all my love for you.Birthday Message for a Friend

Brenda
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5 years 6 months ago

That is very nice, Lisa. Thank you sincerely!

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