After moving from Chicago to Los Angeles at the age of four, Jack became a child actor and performed in various films including Best Foot Forward with Lucille Ball. He currently resides in Villa Park with his wife, Belle. Jack joined The Disney Company a few months after Disneyland opened and worked his way up until he became the first president of Disneyland, a position he never anticipated. After thirty-eight years with The Disney Company, he retired. He has spent the last few years writing his memoir and working as a consultant on various projects. He’s not sure that his retirement is actually a retirement. His next big project is to write another memoir called Before The Mouse, with the assistance of Ms. Combs.
--written by Melinda J. Combs
Melinda J. Combs is a patient, talented, professional woman who endured almost one hundred hours taping and transcribing Mr. Lindquist’s Disney career before she and Mr. Lindquist were able to put it into finalized form. A trying, yet satisfying, four year adventure. Besides that, Ms. Combs' non-fiction essays have appeared in Women's Best Friend, and Far From Home - anthologies published by Seal Press. Ms. Combs also teaches creative writing at Orange County High School of the Arts.
--written by Jack Lindquist
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In Service To The Mouse: My Unexpected Journey to Becoming Disneyland's First President
The First President of Disneyland, Jack Lindquist, describes his start at Disneyland a few months after the park opened in 1955 and how he spent his 38 years with the company until he retired. He chronicles his marketing triumphs and failures, meeting the movers and shakers of every decade he worked for Disney, and how Disneyland helped shape Americana.
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