DISNEY LEGEND LIVES CLOSE BY
Who would have imagined that Disney Legend Al Konetzni lives right in the neighborhood.
Now living in Bradenton, Lonetzni is one of the artists who helped design and developed Disney toys for children.
According to Konetzni, he gave life to many Disney characters in the form of toys. Even at age 98, Konetzni exclaims that he began working for Walt Disney in 1953.
After excepting a position as a designer for 2 years, he remained based in New York for 28 more years. Time seemed to fly by as he was absorbed in his work.
According to records, Konetzni's collection of remarkable designs include Disney Block Truck, Uncle Scrooge Bank, and a Donald Duck Pencil Sharpener.
Remarkably coherant for his age, Konetzni began designing at age 8. Discovering his passion in life, he continued producing for Disney until he retired. It's easy for him to get absorbed in drawing for 3 hours even burning the candle late at night.
In 1961, Konetzni created one of his most notable lunchboxes that children carried to school for some 12 years. As one of the best selling Disney collectables of all time, more than 9 million lunchboxes were sold breaking all the records.
Now living in Florida, drawing gives him the purpose to get up every morning in hope of designing another masterpiece. Today, Konetzni enjoys donating hes proceeds to charity from sales at local auctions. Albeit, married for 61 years, Konetzni continued to desigtn Disney memorabilia while working for the world-class Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus. Being induced as a Disney Legend in 1999, there seems to be no end to his creative energy that keeps him going each day.