I recently added a couple of new items to My Imagineering Library that I’m pretty excited about.
The first is a copy of Design: Just for Fun by former Imagineer Bob Gurr.
This book was originally published in 2012 in a limited edition (only 2,000 copies of the book were printed). I should have bought a copy then, but held off, thinking it wouldn’t sell out that fast. Wrong! In a very short time the publisher sold out and the only available copies were more than 3x the cover price (it was originally $60, but I couldn’t find a copy for less than $200). Over the years I’d look for copies on Amazon or eBay, but the price from third-party sellers on Amazon kept getting higher and higher (as I write this, prices range from a low $900 to a high of $4,500) and I could never find a copy on eBay.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to check eBay again, and found a signed copy for sale. It wasn’t exactly cheap, but given the third-party prices on Amazon, I realized I might not ever find another copy at a “reasonable” price again and so decided to grab it. This book had been on my wish list for years (literally), and is one of only a handful of books about Imagineering written by former Imagineers that I didn’t have in my library.
The book arrived sealed in plastic and with a certificate of authenticity regarding Bob Gurr’s signature. I haven’t had the time to open it and read it, but I hope to get to it soon.
The second new addition to my Imagineering Library is the Summer 2013 issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, featuring a tribute to Walt Disney Imagineering in commemoration of WDI’s 60th anniversary.
I had been buying the magazine at Barnes & Noble but when I went to the store to find this issue, it wasn’t there. It turned out that this was the first issue released after D23 (The Official Disney Fan Club) stopped making the magazine available in stores and made it exclusive to D23 Gold Members. Prior to this time D23 sold back issues, so I tried that route, only to discover that they stopped that as well.
I’ve been searching for a copy of this issue since then, checking eBay every few months to see if anyone was selling.I got lucky a couple of weeks ago, when I happened to look for it again on eBay (the same day I found the copy of Design: Just For Fun) and found a copy for sale. A few clicks later and it was on its way! Only a few more issues and I’ll have a complete collection!