Jack Lindquist (March 15, 1927 - February 28, 2016) served as the president of the Disneyland amusement park in Anaheim, California from 1990 until he retired in 1993. He was a Disney employee from 1955 until his retirement, and was a marketing executive in the theme parks division for almost thirty years, including a stint as the first advertising manager for Disneyland.
As a child actor, Lindquist appeared as an extra in several episodes of Our Gang, and appeared in the film Best Foot Forward with Lucille Ball.
After Lindquist retired, he received a commemorative window on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland that reads J.B. Lindquist, Honorary Mayor of Disneyland. In 1994, he was named a Disney Legend.
Melinda J. Combs is a non-fiction and fiction writer living in Huntington Beach, California. Her essays have appeared in "Cat Women: Female Writers on their Feline Friends"; "Women's Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives"; and "Far From Home: Father-Daughter Travel Anthology" -- all published by Seal Press. Her fiction has been picked up by "Fearsome Fascinations 2009 Anthology," "A Cappella Zoo," "Salome Magazine," ".ISM Quarterly," Cleansheets.com, and other journals.
She's currently working on her own memoir about family, guns, and big-game hunting.
Melinda earned her M.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Chapman University. She teaches at Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana. There, she listens to her students argue about the merits of magical realism or debate the Oxford comma. Her previous life experiences include waitressing at a chateau in the Champagne region of France and volunteering at an orphanage in Fiji. And when Melinda's not being entertained by her students or struggling to write the perfect sentence, she practices yoga, attempts surfing, and travels to faraway places. She loves all things arty and outdoorsy.