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Page6 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 22, 2014 THOUGHTS BY DAN ABOUT THIS 8< THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso The Golden Age of Animation Part I. Disney's Beginnings "The Mouse that Built an Empire." The Golden Age of Anima- tion began when Mickey first spoke in Steamboat Willie, but the early sound years were also the time when the pantheon of car- toon stars that have become emblems of classic anima- tion began to evolve and take shape into the stars we know today. Today, the cartoons of the early to mid-30s (at least those produced by the main studios) are interesting for, among other things, origin points for the animated stars we got to know so well. Mickey Mouse himself didn't start life in his more- or-less recognizable appear- ance seen in Steamboat W////e. While he was still try- ing to work out an agree- ment with Charles Mintz for his Oswald cartoons, Walt Disney had secretly made two cartoons featuring the Mouse in case he would have to give-up his lucky rabbit. In both Plane Crazy (a tribute to Charles Lindbergh a year after his famous fli ht and The Gallopin' Gaucho, the mouse and his sweetheart Minnie appear more rodent-like than they would in Steamboat W////e, their third short pro- duced but first released (a form they would inexplicably revert to in the following year's When the Cat's Away). As Walt observed in a ret- rospect of his beloved creation's career, in Plane Crazy Mickey has neither shoes nor much of a voice (sound effects were added when the cartoon was finally released post the introduc- tion of sound), but it did mark something that would become a Disney staple. It gave the mouse a staple of barnyard buddies that would join in his adventures. Even- tually they would morph into Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow, whose car- toon careers were relatively short and are best remem- bered today for their parts in the Mickey Mouse comic strips. The Depression years saw more cartoon births that continue to enjoy a strong popularity today. Pluto, the Mouse's dog and loyal com- panion, made his debut in 1930, ironically, a foil for Mickey in the atypical ishort The Chain Gang. Goofy was first seen by audiences in 1932's Mickey's Revue and, though he was then known as Dippy Dawg and sported an uncharacteristic beard and glasses, it was love at first sight the moment au- diences heard his trade- mark laugh. By the early 30s Mickey Mouse was as popular as any human star, a point Walt was fond of making and did so with his tongue in his cheek in Mickey's Gala Premier (1933), where the mouse at- "The Three Little Pigs." All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei PON P I "ll'E L. 617-ZZ7-1562 F A'Y.L 617-742-7927 Bistro * Beer Wine tended a screening of one of his own shorts with a heaven of Hollywood stars. By the end of the short, ev- eryone from Charlie Chaplin to Universal's movie mon- sters are floored with laugh- ter and the Mouse is fondled by Garbo. It wasn't until the arrival of Donald Duck in 1934's The Wise Little Hen (voiced by Clarence Nash, a milkman with a legendary talent for animal voices, who became a Disney legend providing the Duck clan with their unmistakable voices) that Mickey had a serious rival in popularity. Donald with his rash temper and con- stant proximity to frustrating circumstances offered both animators and fans a greater array of opportunities for gag development and humor. This caused Walt some dis- may. He owed everything to Mickey, and for the rest of his life he saw the Mouse as the symbol of his triumph, raising him from a poor Mis- souri farm boy to a cartoon mogul. But Walt's love for his Mouse was something deeper than a mere rever- ence for the symbol of his rise. Disney always spoke of Mickey as his partner, the one that never betrayed him, even after Ublwerks's tem- porary test of loyalty and the animator strike that would devastate him in 1941. Walt, in turn, could not betray Mickey by allowing his pop- ularity to be eclipsed. His solution, he allowed the Duck's appearances in Mickey's cartoons, but al- ways as second-banana. In the early teamings, Donald's relation to Mickey varied from bumbling sidekick (The Dognapper and Mickey's Ser- vice Station] to antagonistic (Mickey's Amateurs and The Band Concert). It wasn't un- til 1937 that Donald got his first official cartoon, Dona/d's Ostrich. Goofy, too, was morphing rapidly thanks largely to the genius of one of Disney's best animators, Art Babbitt, whose departure from the studio after the animator strike was one of Disney's sorest losses, whether Walt admitted it at the tiia~e~ or not. But Disney's biggest criti- cal in the '30s was his Silly Symphonies series, which almost single- handedly pushed the art of animation to unprecedented boundaries. From the start they were creating awe, beginning with the legend- ary first title in the series, 1929's The Skeleton Dance. It's a virtually plotless short about skeletons that emerge from the graves come night- fall and cavort till dawn, filled (Continued on Page 10) I DRIVERS 1 Local-Home Nightly! Boston Dryvan[ $18.00/hr & Great Benefits! CDL-A, 1yr. Exp. Req. 1-855-971-6893 f ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email afponte @ Phone 61 7-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU mnobile @ BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 J LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. A352-$1, FY15-17 PROGRAM CONTROLS AND SUPPORT SERVICES at MPA Facilities. The Authority is seeking a qualified Consultant to provide program controls support services consisting but not limited to the following: Estimating including life cycle and benefit cost analysis, scheduling, change management, along with overall general support including capital planning, risk assessment and other miscellaneous requests. Please refer to the Supplemental Package available on August 27th on Massport website and on COMMBUYS for additional information. Such services shall be provided on an on-call, as-needed basis. These services are expected to be provided throughout ALL Massport facilities. The Consultant must be able to work closely with the Authonty and other interested parties in order to provide such services in a timely and effective manner. The Authority expects to select two (2) consultants. However, the AuthOnty reserves the right to select a different number if it is deemed in its best interest to do so. Each consultant shall be issued a contract in an amount not to exceed $250,000. The services shall be authorized on a work order basis. Each submission shall include a Statement of Qualifications that provides detailed information in response to the evaluation criteda set forth below and include Architect/Engineer & Related Services questionnaires SF 330 ( with the appropdate number of Part IIs.. M/WBE Certification of the pdme and subconsuitants shall be current at the time of submittal and the Consultant shall provide a copy of IVl/WBE certification letter from the Supplier Diversity Office, formedy known as State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) within its submittal. The Consultant shell also provide an odginal and nine copies of litigation and legal proceedings information, signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, in a separate sealed envelope entitled =Litigation and Legal Proceedings". See http'Jhwiw.mas~oort. com/business-with-masspod/capital4mprovementshwouroe.cantsr for more details on litigation and legal proceedings history submittal requirements. The Authority may reject any application ff any of the required information is not provided: Cover Letter, Insurance Requirements, Litigation and Legal proceedings, SF330 Part I15 for the Prime and every sub.consultant. The Insurance requirements Information shall be highlighted in the Cover Letter. The submission shall be evaluated on basis of: (1) current level of expedence and knowledge of the team for projects of vadous sizes, complexities and delivery methods. (2) geographic location and availability of key personnel to be assigned to the project, (3) expadence and expertise of subconsultants, (4) familiarity with Massachusetts public bid laws, (5) familiarity with Project Management System including Pdmavera P6 and Contract Manager (6) M/WBE and affirmative action efforts, please indicate the proposed % of M/WBE participation (7) current level of work with the Authonty, (8) past performance for the Authority, if any, and (9) expadanco with sustainable design concepts and resiliency. The selection shall involve a two-step process including the shortlisting of a minimum of three firms based on an evaluation of the Statements of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed immediately by a final selection of the consultant(s) by the Authority. By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the teens and conditions of Massport's standard work order agreement, a copy of the Authonty's standard agreement can be found on Authonty's web page at mww.~. The excapt~ to this standard agreement is the insurance requirements as follows; (1) $1,000,000 of automobile liability and (2) St,000,000 o( commerdal ganeral liabiity. Tbe ~ shall spacify in its cover lattor that it has the abitity to obtain requlsite insurance coverage. Somo membem o( the project team will need to get secudty dearanca to work at cadain secure facililes including Logan Airp(xt and Contey Container Terminal. Submissions shall be pnntod on both sides of the sheet (8 1/2" x 11"), no acetate covers. Ten (10) copies of a bound documerd and one PDF version on a disc each limitdd to: 1) an SF 330 including the appropdm number of Pert I1 2) rasumas of key trdviduab only each limited to one (1) page under SF 330, Sedion E, 3) no more than ton (10) projects each ~adtKI to one (1) page under SF 330, Seclbn F, 4) no more than 3 sheats (6 pages) of idonna~on contained under SF 330 Section H addr= the =taXation ier (ex= k3g proc rmga h tory), and 5) no more ~'~an 2 she~s (4 pages) of olher relevant matedal not including a 2 page (max.) cover iotter, SDO ced~ latters, covers, dividers, and other required information. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings history in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submission which is not received in a timely manner shall be rejected by the Authority as non-responsive. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral communication between the Proposer and the Authority will not be, or deemed to have been, pmpdatary or confidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to persons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L.c.66. The procurement process for these services will proceed according to the following anticipated schedule: Times are Eastern Standard Time (US). Questions may be sent via email to CPBidOuestions@massporLcom subject to the deadline for receipt stated in the timetable above. In the subject lines of your email, please reference the MPA Project Name and Number. Questions and their responses will be posted on Capital Bid Opportunities webpage of Massport hffp://www.massporLcom/doing.busioess/_layouts/CapitalPrograms/ defaulLaspx as an attachment to the odginal Legal Notice and on COMMBUYS (http'.//www. In the listings for this project. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 8/22/t4