We are saddened to hear of the passing of Roger Broggie Jr., whose death was caused by a head injury sustained from a fall while working on a parade float in his Oregon hometown yesterday. Roger followed his father, Roger Sr., who was not only the head of the Disney Studio machine shop, but also my father’s mentor in the building of his Lilly Belle steam engine train. Roger Jr., his son Gary, and Don Iwerks, were the source of inspiration for all of The Walt Disney Family Museum’s camera displays, which include the mighty multiplane camera. The work and spirit of these men were an important part in building this institution, and our thoughts go out to his family and friends. We will miss him dearly.
Imagineer Roger Broggie Jr. Passes Away
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.