PUBLIC LAW 90-316-MAY 24, 1968
Public Law 90-316 May 24, 1968 [ H. J. R e s. 1234]
Walt Disney. Commemorative medal.
Duplicate copi e s, limitation.
JOINT RESOLUTION To provide for the issuance of a gold medal to the widow of the late Walt Disney and for the issuance of bronze medals to the California Institute of the Arts in recognition of the distinguished public service and the outstanding contributions of Walt Disney to the United States and to the world.
"Whereas Walt Disney's life personified the American dream and his rag;s-to-riches story demonstrated that the United States of America remains the land of opportunity; and Whereas Walt Disney, "the most significant figure in graphic arts since Leonardo," pioneered motion picture cartoons, produced spectacular feature films, and created fascinating nature studies bringing joy and pleasure to children of all ages; and Whereas Walt l)i.sney developed one of the wondere of the modern world, Disneyland, a fabulous park where happiness reigns and where one can relive the Nation's past as well as step into the future; and Whereas Walt Disney was a great humanitarian, a "teacher of human compassion and kindness," a master entrepreneur, a great conservationist; and Whereas Walt Disney's masterful touch contributed so significantly to the success of exhibits of the United States, including those at the New York and Brussels World's F a i r s; and Whereas Walt Disney, always an outstanding patriot, during World W a r II devoted 95 per centum of the production of his studios to the armed services; and Whereas Walt Disney's vision and work with the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs did so much to create international friendship and mutual understanding with our neighbors in Latin America; and Whereas Walt Disney received an unprecedented number of Academy Awards, citations, and honors from governments the world over, industry, civic groups, and universities, which when listed total nearly a thousand; and Whereas Walt Disney's greatest gifts to mankind were laughter, his steadfast faith in future generations, and his belief that good will ultimately triumphs over evil; and Whereas Walt Disney's interest in young America is evidenced by his founding of the California Institute of the Arts, a college-level school of the creative and performing arts, which he regarded as his most important contribution to posterity: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Co-ngress assembled, That, in recognition of the distinguished public service and outstanding contributions to the Ignited States and to the world, the President of the United States is authorized to present in the name of the people of the United States and in the name of the Congress to the widow of the late Walt Disney a gold medal, with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions to be determined by Walt Disney Productions with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury. The Secretary shall cause such a medal to be struck and furnished to the President: Provided, That the California Institute of the Arts agrees to pay, under terms considered necessary by the Secretary to protect the interests of the United States, all costs incurred in the striking of such medal. SEC. 2. (a) The Secretary of the Treasury shall strike and furnish to the California Institute of the Arts not more than one hundred thousand duplicate copies of such medal in bronze. The medals shall