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Unformatted text preview: and settled in southern California, where they played central roles in the
creation of new American industries. The film critic Richard Schickel has described Disney’s powerful inner need “to order, control, and keep
clean any environment he inhabited.” The same could easily be said about Ray Kroc, whose obsession with cleanliness and control became
one of the hallmarks of his restaurant chain. Kroc cleaned the holes in his mop wringer with a toothbrush.
Kroc and Disney both dropped out of high school and later added the trappings of formal education to their companies. The training
school for Disney’s theme-park employees was named Disneyland University. More importantly, the two men shared the same vision of
America, the same optimistic faith in technology, the same conservative political views. They were charismatic figures who provided an
overall corporate vision and grasped the public mood, relying on others to handle the creative and financial details. Walt Disney neither
wrote, nor dr...
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- Spring '08