|Roy Williams' Memoir
by Roy Williams
Burbank, California, 19??
During his lifetime Roy Williams created several books, including a volume of poetry and collections of his magazine cartoons. He was considered more of a gag man, a story writer, than an animator at the Disney Studio, though his quick sketch ability delighted kids who watched the Mickey Mouse Club or were lucky enough to witness one of his public demonstrations over the years.
It appears Roy also wrote a memoir of sorts, evidently produced privately, that may only exist in manuscript form, or as a limited edition volume. Several notable Disney historians have been searching for this memoir, but so far have only been able to confirm that it does exist. One of them, Jim Korkis, has written the following request for any reader of this website who might have knowledge of this memoir.
"I don't know if any of your readers might know anything about this book by Roy Williams. It was apparently written later in his life and while it covered his adventures at the Disney Studio as a gag man, it supposedly also included remembrances of his time on the Mickey Mouse Club.
Earlier in 2010, a former Disney cast member who worked at the Disney Feature Animation Studios Florida in the Nineties recalled going into the animation library when it was in the trailers at the Disney MGM Studios (before the Animation building was built) and reading a copy of an autobiography of big Mooseketeer Roy Williams. (And does anyone ever make the connection that he was a "Mooseketeer" not just because of his size but because his nickname was "Moose" Williams from when he played football?) The animator had been trying to track down a copy of this manuscript years later with no success because no one else seemed to recall it.. I must admit that I had never heard of it before this request.
He remembered the book having a yellow cover with a drawing of Williams on the cover in his Mooseketeer outfit coming out of a door. He also remembered that the stories were pretty funny and very wild including tales of going on picnics at Griffith Park and getting drunk with the ink and paint girls. Further research revealed that a member of Williams' family confirmed that such a book existed and wrote that it could be best described as "racy" but that she did not personally have a copy nor apparently, after extensive searching, did anyone else. (There is a hardcover and a different paperback collection of Williams' magazine cartoons as well as limited edition book of his poetry.) It may have been one of those limited edition printings, maybe even reproduced in mimeograph, that people often did in those days, usually as a record for their family to know a little about their life.
So this is a plea to the readers of your site to help out if they have information about this lost book or even better, a copy of it."