O'Brien was the third son of musician Haskell "Hack" O'Brien, a well-known drummer for several big band era ensembles. When he was an infant, his mother thought he resembled a bear cub, and tagged him with his lifelong nickname. He has two older brothers, Haskell O'Brien, Jr.
On Monday afternoon, Oct. It wasn't the first kids' show on TV, but they knew this one would be different. Walt Disney already had the cartoons and animated films and had opened a big amusement park in Anaheim only a few months earlier.
Updated: September 19, pm. A Battle Ground construction business has settled with an environmental group over allegations that the former violated the federal Clean Water Act. At right: The adult Cubby played drums with many nationally known musicians and during six Academy Awards shows.
He was the boy on the drums, the kid paired with petite Karen Pendleton, the one who began the Mouseketeer anthem with, "Now it's time to say goodbye to all our company. After more than 40 years in show-biz, O'Brien is still on the drums, now playing percussion in the national touring company of "West Side Story," playing through Sunday at The Bushnell in Hartford. Born and raised in Burbank, Calif.
If you're of a certain age, that line and the rest of the welcoming theme song of "The Mickey Mouse Club" is probably permanently emblazoned in your TV-viewing memory. So you might be interested to learn that you'll have the chance to hear it sung again, live and in person, by five original Walt Disney Mouseketeers — Bobby, Cubby, Tommy, Sharon and Sherry June 25 at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Just like the show put on last year by Dick Van Dyke, the Mouseketeer reunion will benefit ongoing efforts to renovate Disney's childhood home in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood and turn it into a high-tech museum and a Center for Early Childhood Creativity.
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Mickey Mouse! Every kid knows how the song goes, but only a few dozen lucky ones got to sing it on television. The Mickey Mouse Club premiered inand the young Mousketeers not to mention host and songwriter Jimmie Dodd became household names.
Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing. The show premiered as a publicity scheme to coincide with the opening of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. Although the show ran under several formats from until when it finally ended, we will only be concerned here with the first two seasons, which were during my first and second years of grammar school at a time when television was still in its infancy.
He was so often paired with fellow 8-year-old Karen Pendleton on screen that for years, fans would believe the two eventually married in real life. A Red Team member from the start, he was also, with Karen, among the most popular Mouseketeers aside from Annette Funicello, that is. The two, however, declined a joint contract offer to continue working for Disney — as a package deal — when the Mouse Club ended.
This is a test to separate baby boomers from the generations that came before and after. Peek into the orchestra pit at the Orpheum Theatre during the run of "West Side Story" and take a good look at the drummer. Try to imagine him with no beard and mustache, no lines on his face and an extra set of ears.