John Hench is Disney’s Renaissance artist. Imagineer, philosopher, animator, designer, storyteller, voracious reader (52 magazines a month), and teacher, John has always been quick to share the lessons he learned from his own mentor – Walt Disney.
He recalled one of those lessons, "Walt always said, “You get down to Disneyland at least twice a month and you walk in the front entrance, don’t walk in through the back. Eat with the people. Watch how they react to the work you’ve done down there.” This made an enormous difference in how we approached our work."
An eternal flame-bearer and senior vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, John has carried on Walt’s ideals and standards. His assistant and confidante for the past 25 years, Sandy Huskins said, “Sometimes John says, ‘Tomorrow, we’re going to the Park,’ and we’ll go down, stand in line and pretend we’re guests. I always come back with a full load of notes.”
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1908, John attended… read more