I’ve recently been digitizing interviews I’ve done over the years, especially those I did relating to my PhD dissertation, “Popeye the Union Man,” which dealt with the Fleischer strike and attempts to organize the Van Buren studio in the 1930s. . While I was at it, I also did a good number of interviews with people involved with organizing other studios, including Disney, Schlesinger and Terrytoons. One of these was with former Disney inker Nancy Massie on June 4, 1981 (two months before she passed away); she was later hired by Richard Williams to teach the secrets of Disney inking to his staff. Unfortunately, only the last part of the interview seems to have survived my several moves since I left Los Angeles eight years ago.
Anyway, during my visit last week to L.A. last week, I dropped off a copy to Nancy’s son, Jeff, the Animation Guild’s Recording Secretary, who posted it on the Guild’s blog here as part of TAG’s ongoing series of interviews with animation veterans. A list of TAG’s interviews, which I highly recommend, can be found here (they are also available through iTunes).