The Walt Disney Family Museum has announced an in-depth virtual chat with author Bill Cotter on Walt Disney’s beloved TV series Zorro as he shares the origins, production and legacy of this iconic western saga.
- Questions can be submitted during the webinar through Zoom’s Q&A feature. Due to anticipated demand and limited question and answer time, not all questions submitted will be answered.
- All participants must register by 5:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 27. Attendees must have a Zoom account to attend the webinar. A link to the webinar and registration instructions will be emailed prior to the event.
- Tickets for the event are available now.
About Bill Cotter:
- Bill Cotter has long been fascinated by Disney television; one of his earliest childhood memories is watching the Mickey Mouse Club (1955-1959) with a younger brother, saying it was probably one of the few times they were so calm together.
- Years of watching the weekly anthology series eventually led him to work at the Disney studio in Burbank, where he met his wife on a soundstage, as well as at Disneyland resort, Walt disney world Resort and WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering).
- While at Disney, he co-founded an employee club to present the company’s old TV shows, apparently to educate others about this aspect of Disney history, but really so he could see them again himself. -same.
- Cotter then left for another film studio, but his ongoing research into the history of Disney television made him a semi-permanent resident of the Walt Disney Archives Reading Room, culminating in his book of 1997 The Wonderful World of Disney Television (published by Disney Editions).
- A key contributor to the 40 years of Disney TV magic A special that aired in 1994, Cotter has appeared on several Disney DVDs and documentaries and shared his love of Disney television at fan conventions, including two D23 events.
- More recently he appeared in several episodes of the Disney + series Behind the attraction (2021).
- In his spare time he has written 13 books on world fairs, was recently named LAPD Volunteer of the Year and looks after the Boy Scouts.