R.I.P. Stan Jolley. Film and television art director and one of the original art directors for Disneyland.
As they raced to finish Disney's Magic Kingdom in Anaheim, everyone was working around the clock to get it all done in time for the opening. There was so much pressure to get the park open for July 17, 1955, that he gave his opening day tickets to his parents and took his wife on a two-week vacation to New York City. When he told the other art directors he was skipping the opening, they told him not to expect his job when he returned. Either the opening went well, he really did his job, or Walt Disney has a short memory, because when he got back, Walt put him to work on Disney TV projects!
(Via +Los Angeles Times