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October 2018

Tom Swift

How Tom Swift Invented Everything

October 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oasis Lifelong Learning Center at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, Suite 269
La Mesa,CA91942United States
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Tom Swift was the popular young inventor character created by the Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1910.  There were actually five series with characters named Tom Swift through 2007.  Whatever Tom was working on was just what was needed for the next adventure.  Interestingly, most of the inventions and vehicles in the stories have parallels which were proposed or created in real life.  The relationship of which one came first, inspiring the other, will be covered.

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Nancy Drew: The Story Behind America’s Favorite Teen Sleuth

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Point Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire St
Point Loma,CA92107United States
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Chances are you've read some or "all" of the Nancy Drew books available when you were a child. In nearly 90 years she has both entertained and inspired generations through her independence and inquisitiveness. Modern mystery books often have Nancy Drew references. Women leaders have repeatedly named her as an inspiration for their career choices. The story behind Nancy Drew, he creation and the books written and revised over time, is one of Carolyn Keene's greatest mysteries. This free presentation…

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November 2018

The Mine Train Thru Nature’s Wonderland: How Disneyland Built a Popular Train Ride Inspired by Oscar-winning films.

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oasis Lifelong Learning Center at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, Suite 269
La Mesa,CA91942United States
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Frontierland was a favorite part of Disneyland for Walt and many of the visitors.  A big part of this section in the 1950s through the 1970s was the seven-acre area called Nature's Wonderland.  Many visitors rode a train through forests, deserts, and into the spectacular multicolored waterfalls of Rainbow Caverns.  The development of this area and what it has become today will be discussed.

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December 2018

Classics From Page to Screen: Adapting Literature Into the Disney Films and TV Shows

December 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oasis Lifelong Learning Center at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, Suite 269
La Mesa,CA91942United States
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The majority of the Disney films and television programs were inspired by books.  Of course, when being adapted for the screen, there are many changes necessary.  Critics sometimes complain about the Disney version eclipsing the original literature.  The changes are often due to different storytelling media.  This presentation will survey the surprising range of books that were transformed by Disney over the years with many examples of first printings of the books and the ones that were likely referred to by the studio.

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