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By Jane Napier Neely | September 16, 2004
Frank Thomas, longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident, one of the most influential animators in the history of the art form, a member of Walt Disney's elite "Nine Old Men," passed away at his home last week. He was 92. The genius of Thomas was evident in how he imbued his animated characters with human qualities gained through his own exceptional ability to tap into his own emotions and a keen observation of mankind. No matter where in the world a Disney animated film appeared, scenes that Thomas created crossed all language barriers and spoke to peoples' hearts.
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April 3, 2008
Ten Years Ago About $6,000 in cash was reported missing from the coffers of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, shocking and disappointing chamber officials who told the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station the money had apparently been taken over a period of eight months. Twenty Years Ago Following a year-long search, the La Cañada school board announced the hiring of Dr. Judith Glickman as the new district superintendent. The 43-year-old was selected from a field of 140 applicants seeking to replace retiring superintendent Donald Ziehl.
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September 10, 2004
Created timeless animation for such films as "Pinocchio," "Bambi," "Peter Pan" and "101 Dalmatians," and authored four books Frank Thomas, one of the most talented, inventive and influential animators in the history of the art form, a member of Walt Disney's elite "Nine Old Men," and a pioneering animator who worked on many classic shorts and features during his 43-year career at the Disney Studios, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at his home in La Cañada Flintridge. He was 92 years old. No funeral is planned but details regarding a life celebration will be announced shortly.
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January 6, 2005
The year 2004 brought its own unique energy to La Cañada Flintridge, whose residents experienced the highs of several community successes along with the lows of more dispiriting news. Starting on a particularly high note, national attention was drawn to this city by the outstanding work of the scientists and support staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who were understandably jubilant when their Mars twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, safely landed on the Red Planet in two separate events.
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April 6, 2011
Ten Years Ago Retired Disney animators and Flintridge next-door neighbors Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston were presented the Fritz Award for lifetime achievement in the art of animation during the 7th Annual Santa Clarita International Film Festival.   Twenty Years Ago J. Craig Chevrolet agency on Verdugo Boulevard across the street from Verdugo Hills Hospital went out of business, and there was talk that La Cañada Flintridge could get its first movie theater complex at the site.
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June 2, 2005
Marie Johnston, the wife of legendary Disney animator Ollie Johnston, passed away on Friday, May 20, from complications due to pneumonia, at her home in Cañada Flintridge. She was 87 years old and had been in declining health. The Johnstons celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary earlier this year. A family memorial service was held for her at the Johnston home last week. Born Marie Worthey in Bridgeport, Conn. on Nov. 10, 1917, the future Mrs. Johnston came to California around 1926.
COMMUNITY
August 14, 2013
What fabulous, cool weather we have had during the first part of this month. Whoever thought that those two words would ever describe August weather in our area, for crying out loud? I hope my words don't jinx the situation. I have to keep pushing the thought away that we are soon going to get slammed by the unbearable heat that usually shows up in this month. Shhh, we'll be very quiet about it so we don't disturb the furies. -- This past week I made my annual pilgrimage down to the Laguna Art Festival and Pageant of the Masters.
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April 3, 2008
Ten Years Ago About $6,000 in cash was reported missing from the coffers of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, shocking and disappointing chamber officials who told the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station the money had apparently been taken over a period of eight months. Twenty Years Ago Following a year-long search, the La Cañada school board announced the hiring of Dr. Judith Glickman as the new district superintendent. The 43-year-old was selected from a field of 140 applicants seeking to replace retiring superintendent Donald Ziehl.
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By Jane Napier Neely | September 16, 2004
Frank Thomas, longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident, one of the most influential animators in the history of the art form, a member of Walt Disney's elite "Nine Old Men," passed away at his home last week. He was 92. The genius of Thomas was evident in how he imbued his animated characters with human qualities gained through his own exceptional ability to tap into his own emotions and a keen observation of mankind. No matter where in the world a Disney animated film appeared, scenes that Thomas created crossed all language barriers and spoke to peoples' hearts.
NEWS
September 10, 2004
Created timeless animation for such films as "Pinocchio," "Bambi," "Peter Pan" and "101 Dalmatians," and authored four books Frank Thomas, one of the most talented, inventive and influential animators in the history of the art form, a member of Walt Disney's elite "Nine Old Men," and a pioneering animator who worked on many classic shorts and features during his 43-year career at the Disney Studios, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at his home in La Cañada Flintridge. He was 92 years old. No funeral is planned but details regarding a life celebration will be announced shortly.
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