The 1984 Olympic torch relay began in New York City and ended up in Los Angeles, California traveling through 33 states and the District of Columbia. The route covered more than 9,320 miles and involved 3,616 runners including 200 from sponsoring companies.
In 1984, my son was 1 year old and I had taken him early in the morning to see the Olympic Torch relay. The route had the runners carrying the torch up Katella Avenue in Anaheim. The early morning relay had the runners passing us at 7:30 am, our key spot was just in front of the Anaheim Convention Center.
Sam the Olympic Eagle is the mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics which were held in Los Angeles. He is a bald eagle, which is the national bird of the United States, where the games were held….makes sense right. He also shares the name of Uncle Sam, another American symbol. Sam was designed by Disney Legend Bob Moore, an artist for Disney. This is sometimes confused for Eagle Sam, the host of the former Disneyland attraction America Sings.
In 1984, I was working at Disneyland as a VIP Tour Guide in Guest Relations. The Queen’s daughter, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne the only daughter of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip traveled to Southern California for the Summer Olympics. I had the good fortune of meeting Princess Anne and escorting her through Disneyland park for the day.
Her Royal Highness was an absolute delight and enjoyed her outing at Disneyland.