Harrison “Buzz” Price, the market forecaster and analyst extraordinaire on whom Walt Disney relied to find the optimum locations for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, passed away yesterday at the age of 89. From 1953 onward, Walt turned to Buzz time and again for studies that would subject Walt’s visions to rigorous analysis of their economic feasibility.
Walt also gave him a lead role in the founding of the California Institute of the Arts. “Before he entered the hospital, Dad had placed a stack of notebooks in Buzz’s hands, saying, ‘Here, take care of my school for me!’ Dad knew the hands to place his dream in, that Buzz would see it through—and he did,” Diane Disney Miller, Walt’s daughter, remembered.
I’m not related to Buzz (though he does have a son who’s also named David A. Price). I had the pleasure of interviewing him for The Pixar Touch and found him enjoyably opinionated and generous with his stories.
For more on Buzz’s work and life, see this announcement from his family and the video below.