I asked J.B. Kaufman, who is right this very minute standing next to me (and says “Saludos”), to help celebrate Walt’s Birthday by contributing something from South of the Border With Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program 1941-1948 (we are still interested in any questions you might have for his interview: see here). While here, we have been comparing our research notes. J.B. happened across an item of interest in my South American files. The above caricature by Joaquin Gonzalez (Mexico City 1942) showing Walt as a Mexican Charro. Caricatures of Walt and other artistic tributes were plentiful during the Good Neighbor mission.
I asked J.B. to share with us what he considers to be a powerful illustration of what Walt was doing during the 1941 South American Trip. He responded with a wonderful passage from his book: “Vincent de Pascal, the Buenos Aires stringer for Hollywood Reporter, took a special interest in the Disney visit and reported at length on Walt’s phenomenal acceptance by the Argentine press and public: