This brief video interview touches on the effect amusement legend and pioneer Dave Bradley had on my career. At the time we met in 1980, I was a young designer at Knott's Berry Farm, thirsty to learn. Bradley was an "old timer" and had seen it all. He had managed the big bands of the 1940's and owed a Kiddieland (Beverly Park) all his own. Now he was building fiberglass Carousels and even had produced the ore car bodies for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland. As the owner of Bradley and Kaye, a ride manufacturer, he was also doing some work for my first employer, Knott's Berry Farm. I had designed a ride vehicle he was to engineer and build. He gave me lots of great advice and our vehicles are still running at the farm today, nearly 3 decades later. The more you got to know Dave, the more you'd appreciate the experience behind the humility. You'd find his best story is as older than Disneyland itself, in his early conversations with a curious Walt Disney.
Dave's simple wisdom lives on. At Disney Imagineering, the DNA of Tokyo Disneyland's "Pooh's Hunny Hunt" and EPCOT's "Mission:Space" were conceived with Bradley's golden rule at their core. Many thanks and a debt of gratitude to the teams of WDI super talent that took those shows to the finish line and made them the incredible projects they are. Dave would be proud.