RERUN: The Bicentennial Skipper, pt 1; S03 E14

March 27th, 2018

Originally published May 13, 2014

So, this is the first of a two-part episode with Skipper Kevin Cavanaugh. Kevin worked in the Jungle in 1975 and 1976, and is the Skipper who worked at the Jungle the earliest in it's history, of all the people we've sat down with. We had a great chat about his time there, and it's amazing how so much of his story mirrors what we hear from people who trained at Disneyland 40 years after. 

New notes: Kevin Cavanaugh, in the 4 years since his interview, has been one of the most affable and amazing Skippers to have met and called a friend. I keep running into people from the same era that worked with him, and universally everyone remembers him with such fondness. Plus, he baked me an Irish Soda bread that was so incredibly good, and gave it to me as a welcoming gift to the podcast. 

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RERUN: And the Banda Played On; S03 E13

March 23rd, 2018

Originally aired April 29, 2014

We are so chock full of Skippertainment today. We've got Jungle Jesse himself on the podcast! Back to the late 90's and early 00's for a fun romp through pop culture where we discuss cosplay, the mating habits of Disney waterfowl, the future of Disneyland, and some great Jungle stories. (This one is the first episode in a year to get the "Explicit" tag, but it's not too bad...)

New Notes: So, this episode name was one of the very few times I was ashamed that I couldn't figure out a better pun or title for the episode. Jesse deserved better. He's also still a heck of a nice guy, and I am really happy that our paths crossed so many years ago.

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RERUN: Greetings from Club Mez, pt 3; S03 E12

March 19th, 2018

This week we have our last part of the 3 part nostalgia fest that was the March, 2014 gathering at the Casa De Mez. We chat with John Malloy, who is just SO adorable. Like, seriously, I would have loved to have worked with him. And of course, the beautiful and well opinionated Sue B joins us as well. We also have a half dozen other great people bouncing in and out of this episode...

 
So, I don't think we really *have* to say this any more, but this episode features a few stories that are too salacious for the wee ones. But, seriously, are there any kids who come across our podcast and actually think it's for them? (Although, frankly, I'd be happy to have the extra listeners...)
 
(and yes, I am just cutting and pasting the old descriptors onto the episodes when I don't have anything in particular to say...)
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RERUN: Greetings from Club Mez, pt 2; S03 E11

March 13th, 2018

So, huge apologies everyone. The podcaster publisher decided to eat a couple of published episodes, so let's get them back into the hopper.

Here's part 2 (of 3) of our sit down with the Skippers I got to meet in March, 2014. Skippers Jerry and Jim sat down with us to talk about their time in the Jungle in the early 80's to mid 90's. These guys were very warm and funny, and we got into a lot of areas we hadn't been able to hit in the past. 

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RERUN: A Piece of Pie and some Coffee; S03 E10

March 2nd, 2018

So, back in 2014, there was a private gathering of a bunch of Skippers happening down in Orange County, and I was asked to come out and hang out. Little did I know I would get 3 solid episodes out of it, and some great insight into the late 80's and early 90's at Disneyland. 

Skipper Ed Cunningham had been a long time friend of the show, but we had never really managed to get him in front of the microphone. Skipper Dave Champagne was a delight, and was a great storyteller. I really enjoyed all 3 of these episodes, and hearing some voices from that era.

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RERUN: A Well Traveled Rhoads, pt 2: S03 E09

February 26th, 2018

Here's our second half of our intervifew with Skipper Jeff Rhoads. Jeff has helped us out so much over hte years with guest acquisition and information, that we really feel like we owe him a genuine debt of gratitude... He's a heck of a guy.

Sorry for the late update on these. I got back from Aulani and then had 8 days straight of work, which then led me to a really bad upper respiratory infection. Trudging through it now, starting to feel better. Thanks for the patience.

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RERUN: A Well Traveled Rhoads, pt 1: S03 E08

February 16th, 2018

The third season of the podcast started off with some of the best content that we have had, and some truly amazing Skippers. When we got to the 8th episode, I didn't know what to expect. Skipper Jeff Rhoads is a bit of a mild mannered chap at first, but that soft spoken nature led to some amazing (and sometimes unbelievable) stories about his time at Disneyland in the 70's. He was a fan and historian of the attraction, and his love of the Jungle is clear. So many other Skips came to me after my interview with Jeff, and I feel so lucky that I was able to share in his experiences at Disneyland... 

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RERUN: The Mayor of the Jungle; S03 E07

February 13th, 2018

When you are involved in any project as long as this, you will always get asked what your "Favorite" episode is. While there are a lot of episodes that I am really proud of, none of them in my opinion meet the standard that Skipper John Duran set forth. This episode is powerful, connected, funny, and most of all is a great chance to meet an amazing man. Mayor and Skipper John Duran is as charismatic of an individual as I have ever met, and his history both with Disney, and in the West Hollywood community is a fantastic story. I was really lucky to get this hour with him, and I think we made the most of the time. I really hope you all enjoy... 

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RERUN: More Fun with Tim and Sue, pt 2; S03 E06

February 9th, 2018

The second half of a very fun episode, where we sit down with Skippers Sue B and Tim Meltreger... 

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RERUN: Tim and Sue’s Great Adventure, Pt 1; S03 E05

February 6th, 2018

To say that Skipper Sue B is a legend amongst 1990's Jungle Cruise Skips would be an understatement. A fierce proponent of the rights of female Cast Members, a fearless leader in the area, and... oh... yeah, the first of the ladies to permanently earn their homes on the Jungle boats. Sue is a fantastic lady, and I was so glad to get her on board. 

Oh, and Skipper Tim Meltreger has done some stuff too. I mean, some pretty cool stuff. But he's no Sue B. 

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