Well, you waited 5 months for the breathtaking conclusion to my first post about the Brown Derby (link). Thanks, and welcome back! Today's post focuses on another "hidden" gem of the Derby which also has a connection to The Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney World.
If you aren't familiar with the caricature above, I don't blame you. While walking around the restaurant one day I noticed that two--the second one is still under investigation-- caricatures were clearly a clash of style when compared to the reproduced original celebrity caricatures of the '30s-'80s that decorate the Derby. I took note of the name and set out to find who this person was.
Turns out, it's Jess Rubio. Who? Exactly. For those of you not familiar with Jess, I'll let the Orlando Sentinel do the explaining...
RUBIO, JESS, of Windermere, FL, passed away on Friday, October 22, 2010, at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. He was 77 years old. Jess was born in Riverside, CA, to Mexican immigrants Manuel and Enriqueta Rubio. Jess served his country in the US Marine Corps and the United States Air Force before attending art school and becoming a professional artist. In 1962, he founded his own company of artists, Rubio Arts Corp., which still operates artist and balloon concessions at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, and at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL. He also received the prestigious Legend Award from the Disneyana Fan Club in the fall of 2008. (The full link can be seen here)
Outside the Derby is an artist that can draw you your very own caricature. Coincidence?
If you'd like to find Jess' caricature at the Derby, all you have to do is walk into the dinning room and continue walking straight and up the other set of stairs directly across from you. His caricature will be on the wall in front of you and a bit to the right. While you are looking for him, see if you can spot the other caricature of someone who is not a celebrity from the Golden Age of Hollywood.