“Walt’s Reel,” Saved From Deep Storage By Disney Staff, Is The Reason I Got To See Grandpa At Work!

All my life I’ve heard stories about my Grandpa Ron’s escapades. Yes, he was a drinker, and that put a wall between himself and his children. But as my Grandpa, that was never a factor. He didn’t show me that side. Not once. So, I grew up remember the brighter bits of his story. He was a WWII veteran. He had “money in all the banks” in Santa Anna, California (see Episode 1 of Finding Ronald for more info on this). He helped build Disneyland.

I cherished these tales of bravery, humor, and skilled talent. Grandpa taught me how to do a dove call with just my two hands. He showed me how he grew strawberries in little mounds, rather than in rows. He built a TV (or was it just a repair?) from a Radio Shack kit. He traveled the world. It’s one thing to imagine such endeavors, to flesh them out in the mind in wonderment. It’s another thing entirely to actually get to see it happening.

Not once growing up had I considered that there might be photographic evidence of my grandfather building Disneyland. A few years ago, when I truly started making headway on the “Finding Ronald” docuseries, the most unlikely example of–call it coincidence; call it fate; call it a miracle–manifested itself into my life (into Mom’s life, actually) in the form of one Gloria Pedersen. Gloria had photographs!

You see, there were two (or three?) crane operators working for A. E. Fowler & Sons on the Dinsneyland project, my Grandpa Ron, Bonie “Bonebreak,” and a man named Ivan Myrick, who was Gloria’s father. My Mom, not too long before my stepfather Harry passed away from FTD, was on vacation in Santa Anna, CA when she just happened (???) to run into Gloria, who overheard my mother telling the story of Grandpa Ron placing the spires on Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. One thing led to another, and that’s how these wonderful still photos came into my life:

Now, this was already an unexpected infusion of visual verification for my Grandpa Ron’s involvement in the project. I’ve truly cherished these images. In fact, I even used these images to create a 3D model of Grandpa Ron’s crane rig for use in the titles of “Finding Ronald.” I told myself that this was the crown jewel of photographic evidence, and that I was incredibly lucky to even have these.

And then I found the “Disneyland Secrets, Stories, & Magic” series. When I watched Episode 9, “Building Walt’s Dream,” my jaw dropped to the floor and I almost stepped on my own tongue! Here, before my eyes, was actual footage of my grandpa Ron at work. Here was actual footage of his crane placing the spires on the top of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. I wept. Sorry, but I did.

Episode 1 – “Meet Ronald,” which premieres live on YouTube on March 16th 2023, 7 PM Mountain, will look at both his life and work, as well as his disappearance. The going theory, which local authorities and media outlets immediately latched onto, was suicide. But evidence was left behind to suggest that the story may not be so black and white. I have two other, evidence-based theories, which have Grandpa Ron meeting his end at the hands of someone else. Grandpa himself warned that this might happen.

Episode 2 – “Ronald’s War,” will discuss theory number two. This theory relates to and couples together Grandpa’s WWII veteran status, his mechanical ingenuity, his world travels to known war criminal hotspots as well as to sensitive allied nations, such as Russia, and some oddities which I inherited from him after he disappeared. It also pulls in 1st hand accounts, told by my Mom, of the condition Ronald would sometimes return home in after his travels, as well as the fact that he wasn’t telling his family about all of the countries he was visiting. Only a select few made it into the “family history.” But his own handheld film reel (not sure if it’s 16mm or super 8), as well as a collection of currency from around the world, proves that he was definitely in many, many more countries than he was telling the family about.

Episode 3 – “Ronald’s Magnetic Motor,” is, for me, the most likely of the alternative theories for what happened to my grandfather. The idea here is that “Big Oil” may have killed my grandfather in order to suppress a magnetic motor that he invented, and was working to prototype. This theory has a sound historical basis when considered in the context of other independent inventors who met an unexplained, or untimely end shortly after making a technological breakthrough. People such as Rudolph Diesel, Louis Le Prince, and Stanley Meyer. Even more disturbing are contextual cases which prove that murder for “Big Oil” also has a historical precedent in stories such as that of William King Hale.

Grandpa was so worried that the oil industry might try to hurt him–or his family–that he sent semi-shredded bits of the plans for his invention to ten people around the world, who were supposed to release the invention in the event that anything happened to Grandpa. Two additional people had a list of all ten names to assist in the triggering of said release. Needless to say, they did not release anything. A childhood call to Australia, where Grandpa was having the motor prototyped, basically ended in a “we didn’t get it working” claim from an elderly Australian gentleman. But I have the letter from grandpa detailing the entire system that he dreamed up, and set in place, and warning of possible threat to him or to family members in order to kill the invention.

Episode 4 – “Finding Ronald,” will show the arduous, and somewhat dangerous process of trying to locate grandpa’s wreckage. I will attempt to interview MCSO to ascertain why grandpa’s letter was ignored during the original investigation, why they were hesitant in releasing his information to us (and still left some redacted). Finally, I will melt down spent brass shell casings, and make a poured brass plaque to memorialize Ronald’s life and final resting place. I will permanently affix the plaque to Grandpa’s car, which MCSO has deemed too difficult to remove from the site. It will be a permanent part of John Brown Canyon, at least until development creeps up there into the canyon, which will probably be long after I, too, am taking the “longest nap.”

“Stand by to stand by.” –Mad Squid


“Finding Ronald” Episode 1 Premieres on YouTube MARCH 16TH, 7PM MOUNTAIN!

You are hereby officially invited to join me for the GLOBAL PREMIERE of the FIRST OF FOUR EPISODES of my docuseries detailing the disappearance of my Grandpa Ron in 1987, as well as the discovery of his remains in 2013 in the bottom of a canyon in a secluded part of Western Colorado.

Episode 1 of 4 will premiere LIVE on YouTube March 16th, 2023 at 7pm Mountain!

This will be a LIVE EVENT, so as the writer/director/producer/editor of this project, I will be there with you in the chat, answering questions and responding to your reactions! Be there on the official YouTube Premiere page on March 16th, 2023 at 7PM Mountain (GMT-7) to engage with me during this unique event!

“Stand by to stand by!” –MadSquid

“Bowling For Concubines” Starring Jayson Boebert?

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Twitter Hates Veterans, Loves NAZIs

Twitter Tolerates Racism, Silences Veterans (AGAIN), in 24-hour Period After Musk Takeover

It’s not news that Elon Musk took ownership of Twitter yesterday. But the impacts of what that means are likely not visible to all Americans. And that’s exactly how Twitter has always wanted it. Anyone who expected this to improve under Musk’s ‘guidance’ was fooling themselves. Elon made it PAINFULLY obvious that he and Twitter are willing to allow racists and NAZIs to flood the platform with the N***** word and pro Hitler memes and tweets, but NOT willing to allow a DECORATED VETERAN WHO, AS A CONSTITUENT, IS UNHAPPY WITH THE SHITTY, SHITTY, SHITTY JOB THAT LAUREN BOEBERT IS DOING in her district, to say so.

You don’t have to look for long to see what I mean. Reports of racist and pro-NAZI tweets flooded the internet last night. Here are just a few:

Elon Musk and Twitter allowed the racism and the NAZIsm to permeate and remain on the platform for hours. Some reports suggest that a few of those tweets ARE STILL UP AND LIVE on Musk’s new Fascist toy at this time! Meanwhile, DECORATED VETERANS with legitimate concerns about how THEIR CONGRESSWOMAN IN COLORADO’S THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT is harming veterans and INTENTIONALLY FAILING to represent Democrats in her district, were IMMEDIATELY FLAGGED as violating the “hatred” policy.

Here is my tweet, which earned me a 12-hour ban. Even though I’m a constituent. Even though I’m a veteran. Twitter, and Elon Musk, felt that it was more important to allow RACISTS and NAZIs to have free speech, but SILENCED veterans like me who dared to speak up. This was my response to Boebert’s idiotic whining rant about the diesel fuel supply:

Telling Lauren Boebert to go “SIT ON A CACTUS,” an OBVIOUS bit of sarcasm, was somehow MORE HATEFUL than all of the ‘Heil Bitchler’ and N-word hate, vitriol, and VIOLENCE that spilled forth from right wing accounts. The mere fact that I’m NOT a Republican makes me a threat to them. Never mind their ACTUAL VIOLENCE.

Please, share this post. Put this on BLAST! Elon Musk MUST NOT GET AWAY WITH THE NAZIFICATION OF TWITTER!!!!!! Or America, for that matter. Help me fight back!!!

Stand by to stand by. –MadSquid

American Children ARE An Endangered Species!

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Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Refuses To Cover Local Veteran, Democrat, Discriminated Against By Twitter

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I Wasted An Entire Day Modeling Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, CA

I finally did it. I dove back into 3D design. And, of course, as per my norm I did so by picking a project that had less than a day left before the final deadline, and shortly after a new, full-version release of Blender was published, with which I had zero acquaintance when I began. So, naturally, I failed. =-/ I’l chalk it up to a learning experience.

The project was for the Master Builder’s competition on Upland.me. The models themselves are fairly simple, so in a way it was a wise place to pick 3D modeling back up. But not with less than 24 hours to learn the new software AND copy a building from scratch. I actually got pretty close. I completed the design of the model. I would have had to still bake textures for each of the 4 required mesh, upload the model to a preview site, make thumbnails, reduce the triangles to below 10,000, and then upload to Upland.

But hey, not bad for a first try, right? And a new competition kicked off this week, with several days remaining! =-)