Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 09:23 AM.

Girls in two-piece bathing suits doing a lot of shaking and beach music seemed to be what they were selling.

Two-piece bathing suits were fine for everyone, except Annette Funicello.

Annette noted in 1987, "Mr. Disney said to me one day, Annette, I have a favor to ask of you. I know all the girls are wearing bikinis, but you have an image to uphold. I would appreciate it if you would wear a one-piece suit.”


She went on to say that she never regretted that decision.

Disney is different now.  I remember watching The Wonderful World of Disney and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins.  I’ve often wondered what it would have been like for Marlin to send his sidekick Jim (Fowler) down onto a beach full of bikini clad teenage girls while he (Marlin) advised from the helicopter.

Can’t you just hear Marlin saying, “Those two girls have Jim by the legs; teenagers can be a dangerous species in the summer.  Watch out Jim!  That seems to be a bikini top flying through the air.”

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