Imagine being asked by Walt Disney to select the best location to build "The Happiest Place on Earth." As your mind begins to fill with thoughts of traffic patterns, climate, tourism trends and revenue streams, you ask what he thinks. Walt responds only by saying, "You tell me."
Luckily, Walt handpicked someone who was able to do just that.
And on April 9,2013, economist Harrison "Buzz" Price was honored posthumously with a window on Main Street, U.S.A., for his ability to look at a horizon of orange groves and visualize the perfect location for Walt's new concept in outdoor entertainment- Disneyland.
"Buzz", who was with the Stanford Research Institute when Walt approached him, embarked on a mission with an impossible timeline- the park was set to debut to the world just two years later. But like so many who worked with Walt, Buzz made the impossible a reality.
Buzz's impressive work on the Disneyland land acquisition promted Walt to encourage him to form his own consulting company. In 1958, Buzz founded Economics Research Associates, and the company went on to conduct more than 100 studies for Walt and his brother, Roy. When they asked Buzz in 1963 to recommend a site for what would become Walt Disney World, "most people thought it would be Miami, but Buzz said that the Orlando area was the key- it was where tourists crisscrossed the state by car and passed through on their way south to Miami area.
Years later, Buzz assisted with the site for the Tokyo Disneyland project.
Outside of the company, Walt personally entrusted Buzz to help manage the future of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and Buzz remained a loyal trustee for the institute for many years. In 1994, he received a lifetime achievement- an award that has since been renamed the Buzz Price Thea Award. In 2003, Buzz was named a Disney Legend. He passed away Aug.15,2010.
very cool indeed...Dr Lee