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Les Clark's Credibility

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Almost Half of a century of working for Walt Disney Productions went by when Les Clark decided to retire from the animation industry 1975. Clark was the first of Walt Disney’s legendary “Nine Old Men” (an affectionate term in which Disney adopted from Franklin D. Roosevelt when referring to his key animators). In 1925 Walt Disney was pleased with some drawings a young man who he had met at a candy store near the Walt Disney Studio in Hollywood. On their first meeting he had been impressed by the lettering Les had done on the menus. Two years later, with no formal art training but an avid interest in the new medium of animation, he asked Walt Disney for a job. He was cautioned that it might be temporary and that temporary job lasted 48 years
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