Friday, February 8, 2008

Feb 08: A Marvelous & Extraordinary Journey

On this day in 1828, French author Jules Verne was born in Nantes, France. Verne pioneered the science-fiction genre by writing about space, air and underwater travel ... before air & space travel and practical submarines were even invented!
The eldest of 5 children, Verne developed an interest in travel and exploration at an early age. His stories (written for children as well as for adults) influenced many - including Walt Disney. Verne often wrote in the form of a travel book in order to take his readers on a voyage upward (as in his 1865 From the Earth to the Moon) or downward (as described in his 1864 novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth).
Many of his best-known books such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, and A Trip to the Moon were later made into movies.

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Tom Bancroft said...

Hey Tony. Thanks for putting my birth into your Disney calendar! (It's July 31st) Quite an honor. I gotta say though, having my TWIN brother, Tony, listed as just an additional line at the bottom of MY listing was the best! Growing up twins- and having him co-direct Mulan (and me, since I supervised anim. on Mushu) it was a siblings revenge for me! Dave Thomas had Tony listed in his "Disney A-Z" book with me being an "additional line" to his listing- HA! I got the calendar! Good luck to you!

Tony said...

You are welcome!! Yes, now that I re-read the way I worded it ... it's funny. Should have given you both at least equal billing! But am glad YOU came across it (and not Tony). ;)
Thanks for stopping by.