Today, Sunday, June 9, that irascible fowl in naval garb, Donald Duck, turns 85 years old!
Yes, Walt Disney’s fine-feathered creation “made his screen debut on this date [June 9, 1934] with the release of ‘The Wise Little Hen,’ a short film in the Disney series of ‘Silly Symphonies.’” (*)
Ever since, DD’s fame has been flowing like water off a duck’s back -- TV, movies, cartoons, books, a soft drink that bore his name...
Bad puns aside, did you know that in the 1960s Middletown, Ohio, was chosen as a test market for a new beverage called “Donald Duck”?
According to the July 16, 1962, Middletown Journal, “The Factor-Brewer Advertising Agency in Los Angeles, Calif., has chosen Middletown as the test town for Ohio in the marketing of ‘Donald Duck’ beverages and is introducing this new soft drink with an advertising campaign in the Middletown Journal...”