Weekend Reads: “Travels with Figment”

Travels with Figment: On the Road in Search of Disney DreamsTravels with Figment: On the Road in Search of Disney Dreams by Martin Sklar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had the very good fortune to hear Marty Sklar speak once, about the 1964 New York World’s Fair and Disney’s involvement therein. I found him charming and delightful.

The first draft of this book was completed before Marty’s death, and his family decided to polish it up, add several lovely tributes from colleagues, and publish the work. I’m so glad they did. We get a new insights into Marty’s belief in the power of imagination, and why it’s important to support it in those around us.

Some of the stories were not new to me, but many of them were. I found myself hearing Marty’s voice in my head as I read; his personality came through beautifully in the text.

Those interested in new ways to think about business, imagination, and innovation are sure to enjoy the book on those levels alone. Disneyphiles will love this look at a true Legend who is greatly missed. Highly recommended.

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