Tom Nabbe is a native of Santa Barbara, California; Tom’s family moved to Anaheim from Los Angeles a year before Disneyland opened. He started as a newspaper boy at Disneyland on July 19, 1955.
In June of 1956, Walt Disney hired him to portray the character of Tom Sawyer on Tom Sawyer’s Island at Disneyland. After being Tom Sawyer (’56-’61) he worked all of the rides & attractions at Disneyland. He was promoted into management and relocated to Florida in January of 1971.
After the Walt Disney World opening in 1971, Tom worked most of the attractions areas in the Magic Kingdom. In 1979, he was assigned to the EPCOT project P.I.C.O. team and in 1984, the Company restructured and he was promoted to the manager of WDW Warehousing and Distribution Services where he remained until his retirement in 2003.
In 2005 the Walt Disney Company inducted Tom as a Disney Legend and the Disneyana Fan Club inducted Tom as a Disney Legend in October 2006 at the first East Coast Convention at Walt Disney World.
Tom is a publish author as of September 2015 and copies of his book “ From Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer to Disney Legend” are available on his website TomNabbe.com or at Amazon.com.
Jim Hill is an award-winning entertainment writer who lives in New Boston, NH.
Over the past 30 years, he has interviewed hundreds of veterans of the animation & themed entertainment industry and written extensively about The Walt Disney Company.
Jim is currently working on a behind-the-scene history of the development & construction of Disneyland. For his more immediate musings on movies, TV shows, books and theme parks, please check out his blog, jimhillmedia.com and in-depth theme park history podcasts at DisneyDish.Bandcamp.com.
Margaret Kerry is an American actress, motivational speaker and radio host best known for her 1953 work as the model for Tinker Bell in the Walt Disney Pictures animated feature, Peter Pan.
While working under her given name as a dancer and actor in the Our Gang comedy shorts, she came to the attention of Eddie Cantor who cast her in the role of his teenaged daughter in the film If You Knew Susie as well as bestowing her stage name on her. She graduated high school with honors while working on the film and later graduated cum laude from Los Angeles City College.
While still a teen, Margaret Kerry gained a role as “Sharon” in one of the very first network sitcoms, The Charlie Ruggles Show on ABC-TV. The show’s farewell episode after its five-year run featured Sharon’s wedding and honeymoon, a major media event.
Since 1992, Margaret Kerry has worked as producer, writer and host of What’s Up Weekly on KKLA-FM Los Angeles, the world’s most listened-to Christian radio station. As the station’s community services director, she heads an outreach program that connects to more than 200 non-profit service agencies.
Terri Hardin is a puppeteer, artist, and Disney imagineer.
Her first Hollywood job came during her college years in which she built the stillsuits for the film version of Dune and acted as a stunt double for Sean Young. A job on the Columbia Pictures blockbuster Ghostbusters followed in which she played both of the demon dogs at the “Temple of Zuul” and served as a puppeteer for both the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and the ghost librarian seen at the opening of the film.
Hardin was hired by Disney Studios in 1987 during her stint with Universal Studios Hollywood as a sculptor creating “walk-around” character costumes. She helped design the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and La Tanière du Dragon (The Dragon’s Lair) attractions at Disneyland Paris.
Hardin later worked for Disney’s sculpting team, where she contributed to the Splash Mountain attractions and to Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3D. She has also created sculptures Disney collectables and for Mattel, Nickelodeon and Applause.
Hardin worked for The Jim Henson Company for over 30 years, performing in Dinosaurs, The Flintstones, The Indian in the Cupboard and The Country Bears.