By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
The best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray. Steinbeck’s famous line from the Depression era book, “Of Mice and Men,” has little to nothing to do with a more recent book, “Hidden Mickey,” written by Garden Grove local David W. Smith and Nancy Temple Rodrigue.
Mice and men, namely a particular man called Walt Disney, have everything to do with the adventure fiction book, “Hidden Mickey.” The story, according to Smith, is a clue hunt based adventure mystery, inspired in by Dan Brown’s, “The DaVinci Code,” and the Disney movie, “National Treasure.”
“Hidden Mickey,” follows Lance and Adam, two friends, as they take part in the annual Mouse Adventure scavenger hunt which is an actual event that takes place at Disneyland in Anaheim.
During the scavenger hunt, Lance and Adam find a lost diary of Walt Disney’s when Disney’s historic apartment on Main Street in the park is opened for the first time to the public.
Inside the diary are accounts of events and a clue that is supposed to lead Adam and Lance to the real legacy of Walt Disney.
The two of them, soon to be the three of them as they are joined by Adam’s ex girlfriend Beth, set off on a code cracking adventure that spans the United States.
Smith, a self proclaimed native Grove-ite, was a teacher and coach at La Quinta High School. He also worked at Disneyland in the 1980’s.
He is an editor at TennisOne.com and has written instruction manuals on tennis.
Smith said that he got much of his inspiration for this book from his enjoyment in reading, “The DaVinci Code,” and watching, “National Treasure.”
The book took four months to write, something that Smith said was the result of it being such interesting material to write about.
“It was an easy book to write, as you can imagine,” said Smith.
Much of the information included in the book is direct references to actual people and events that occurred in Walt Disney’s life, although this is a work of fiction.
Co-author Rodrigue is a Disney historian, whose research contributed to the factual portions of this re-imagined world of Disney.
Rodrigue and Smith met in the 1990’s, once at a Disneyland event and did not actually see each other face to face again until the book was published and they came together to promote it.
Smith said that the idea for the book was a quick idea.
“It literally came to me in the middle of the night,” said Smith.
From that point it took only a year until the book was in print and is now for sale in bookstores.
Smith said, “It’s an action packed book . . .with an ending that makes you say I never saw that coming!”