The Mickey Mouse Club


News of Annette Funicello’s passing Monday at age 70 sent me scrambling through a box of old cassette tapes. Thanks to my friend Lorraine Santoli, a former Disney publicity manager who authored a book on the Mouseketeers and who formed a close bond with Funicello, I was able to interview the Disney princess. That memorable

Hey there, hi there, ho there–guess who turned 69 on the weekend?Annette Funicello, who, as the most famous of all the Mouseketeers in the mid-’50s, was one of the biggest stars ever in television.How famous was Annette? Paul Anka, seen Sunday as guest judge on Cover Me Canada, wrote his hit Put Your Head on