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Well, hello there! I am back with a series of gift ideas for you to give the Disney fan in your life. I will separate them into various categories, with this time being ABC. Every guide will also include a Toys for Tots option, which is something that isn’t that expensive and would be great to donate this cheerful holiday season. I loved creating these last year, so I am so excited to do them earlier this year so you have a plan of action come Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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1. Songs from Scandal: Music for Gladiators~ I love “Scandal” as much as the next person…okay, maybe a little more, but one of the constant highlights of the hit show is the fantastic soundtrack that accompanies the drama. Music for Gladiators is a funky mix of 70’s hits and current day tunes and a great compilation of songs that will definitely put you in a great mood. Warning: Listening may cause you to want to don a white Burberry suit and exclaim “IT’S HANDLED!” to everyone you see.

2. “The Chew” Canvas Lunch Tote~ Originally ridiculed for replacing a beloved soap opera, “The Chew” is now a staple for the ABC Daytime line-up, a fun addition at that. This cool lunch tote is BPA-free and is a great thing to hold your new recipes that you discovered on the show.

3. “The Neighbors” Season 1 on DVD~ This is one of the best comedies on TV right now. The story of a New Jersey family moving into a suburb populated by aliens is a riot that never takes itself too seriously, constantly breaking the 4th wall and referencing itself “Can we do this quickly though, Shark Tank starts in 20 minutes.” I highly recommend gifting The Neighbors Season 1, then going over to the recipients house and binge watching it with them.

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In 1964, the newly-built Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles was opened to much fanfare. It was the city’s crowning achievement, having lacked a modern concert hall for many years. Walt and Lillian Disney donated a wad of money to the project and were to be given a personal tour of the hall prior to dedication. I was the PR person for the park’s new “ambassador”, Miss Disneyland, and as such escorted her to the pre-dedication event. There was a bevy of Music Center execs there, along with the press, to greet Walt and Lillian and the photogenic Miss Disneyland.

The music director at the time was the young, Indian conductor Zubin Mehta. He was known for his fiery passion and diva-like temperament. Only 26 years old at the time, he was already considered a musical boy genius. To complete the picture, he usually dressed all in black. That, together with his swarthy dark complexion, made quite an impressive and dramatic presentation.