In response to some letters that I’ve received over the last couple of years inquiring about the “real” Maynard, I thought it might be a good time to give an answer. That is, about this Maynard, the Guest Control brother. Of course, my various twins will have to speak for themselves.
Questions and Answers:
Q: What did you do before working at Disneyland?
A: I was a professional freelance cartoonist and sculptor.
Q: What type of work would you like to do in the future?
A: Something in the field of children’s entertainment would be a kick. Character work in advertising would be fun, too.
Q: Are you presently working on any projects outside the Park?
A: I’m presently working on some illustrations for a children’s book written by Mary Wiesen about two dinosaur brothers.
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: Interesting conversation is wonderful but not easy to find; gardening; writing letters; bargain shopping for used stuff at swap meets; listening to music – primarily mellow instrumental; humorous impromptu dancing; taking walks in the evening or at dusk along a country road or near the ocean or a lake or stream; looking at children’s book illustrations; attending plays, concerts, or art galleries; tennis – but haven’t played in years; travel (Hopefully in the not-too-distant future a trip to Pakistan, India and China); I don’t like horror movies but I’m very fond of films featuring Laurel & Hardy and enjoy their comedic timing; cooking – especially Italian and Mexican dishes; developing and performing original cartoon voices; reading (non-fiction) or writing (fiction) children’s stories when I have the time.
Q: What kind of food do you like to eat?
A: I’ve been a vegetarian since 1980, although my favorite dish is roast beef. I miss the taste of meat from time to time, but it would be very difficult for me to take the life of an animal.
Q: Are you married?
A: Never married and only fell in love once, with a special gal back in high school.
Q: What was the one thing you wanted for your birthday this year?
A: To spend a quiet day in the forest. But instead, since my car wasn’t working properly, I wrote this letter for the Internet, finished planting a vegetable garden and saw Tom Jones at the Greek Theatre.
Q: What was the most interesting experience that you’ve had within the last year?
A: Visiting Europe.
Q: What was the most difficult thing that you’ve experienced during the last year?
A: Losing my father in June of ’97. He was a great man and I miss him very much.
Q: How might you describe yourself?
A: I’m a simple guy who enjoys childlike humor and likes to cause people to smile and laugh. I have a special respect for the dynamics of silence, the power of listening and the strength of innocence.
Q: What’s your favorite film?
A: “The Wizard of Oz”
Q: Favorite CD?
A: “Wildflowers” by Judy Collins, recorded in 1967. With the exception of the song called “Both Sides Now”, which I usually skip over because it doesn’t capture the same feeling for me as the rest of the recording, although it was considered the most popular song on the album. I don’t agree much with the lyrics but there’s a magic sense of timeless sincerity in her voice and the focus of a simpler time, which has made this my favorite record/CD for almost 20 years.
Q: Favorite children’s book?
A: “Wind in the Willows”.
Q: Favorite art museum?
A: The Orsay in Paris – My favorite piece of work there is a self-portrait by Van Gogh using turquoise and other vivid colors. A real masterpiece that captures the imagination and more remarkable in person than any print.
Q: The most romantic city in Europe?
A: When observing couples in Barcelona, Spain, they often look into each other’s eyes with such warmth that a person standing nearby might melt if they stood too close. Our tour guide said Barcelona is (also) the most dangerous city in Western Europe (because of its high unemployment). Go figure…. While the most romantic people I encountered lived in Spain, the most romantic location would have been the Gardens at Versailles, just outside of Paris.
Q: Most boring moment in Europe?
A: Listening to a performance at the State Opera House in Vienna.
Q: Most exciting moment in Europe?
A: Swimming alone to an island off the coast of Northern Spain. Not knowing whether or not sharks inhabited the warm waters which became increasingly choppy, and a current that seemed to be pulling me around the outer edge of the island toward the open sea.
Q: Craziest drivers?
Q: Favorite classical composer?
Q: Favorite animal?
Q: Favorite color?
Q: Favorite vegetable?
A: The onion, of course – Versatile, economical and packs a punch.
A special note of thanks to Ryan for creating this website [The Maynard Home Page -RC]. Even though I don’t personally have a computer hooked up to the Internet, I’ve received printouts from time to time.
I’m flattered that people actually take the time to make mention of my brothers and me. Your encouraging words have meant a lot to us and we hope to see or hear from you sometime soon.
Thought for the Day:
“Spam is tasty, yes –
But it makes a messy hat!”
(The Guest Control Brother)