There aren't many Disney old-timers around today, but Daily Variety has a nice story on Ruthy Johnson, a 97-year-old resident of the Motion Picture and Country home. She went to work for Walt Disney Productions shortly after she met the boss at the Burbank Stables. Ruthy worked at the stables; Walt Disney used the place to train for polo.
All of a sudden this guy looks me in the eye and says, 'Ruthy Johnson, what are you doing here?' Disney suggested that she come work for him, and when sh told him she couldn't draw, he insisted. "You don't need to. We'll teach you." ..
Hard to get a job offer like that from Disney these days; it was obviously easier when the guy who had his name over the gate liked you.
Ruthy, along with Ollie Johnston, is among the oldest veterans who remain alive.