Why is he wearing a cat? Because it's funny. Off-Ramp for July 21, 2012

Disneyland's 1955 opening was a disaster, and why wasn't Cummings fired?

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During ABC's live broadcast of the grand opening of Disneyland in 1955, Bob Cummings realizes the camera is on him. Just moments before, he'd been passionately embracing the young woman in a bonnet with the stricken look on her face.

It's a logistical nightmare: open an amusement park the likes of which the world has never known. Then have the plumbers go on strike and scoundrels counterfeiting the tickets. Then, try to do a live broadcast with dozens of cameras. Then, discover one of your hosts is making out -- on camera -- with one of the dancers.

But, Disneyland kept making people happy, ABC stayed on the air, and Bob Cummings kept acting til he was 80.

Off-Ramp host John Rabe and producer Kevin Ferguson engage in a little schadenfreude.


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