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ELIAS (ee-LY-uhs)

1. Elias Howe: American designer and inventor of sewing machines
2. Walt Disney's middle name
Common clues:
Sewing machine inventor Howe; Howe of sewers; Walt Disney's middle name; Walter _____ Disney
Crossword puzzle frequency: 3 times a year
Frequency in English language: 22087 / 86800
The invention of the sewing machine

I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse ~Walt Disney

Elias Howe (July 9, 1819 – October 3, 1867) was born in Spencer, Massachusetts. He was a American sewing machine pioneer. He did not invent the sewing machine (that was Charles Fredrick Weisenthal) but, on September 10, 1846, was awarded the first United States patent for a sewing machine using lock stitch, though this was disputed in court in the 1850s, since Walter Hunt had actually invented the lock stitch some years prior, without patenting it. So technically he was a refiner of the sewing machine.


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon and philanthropist. Disney is famous for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. As the co-founder (with his brother Roy O. Disney) of Walt Disney Productions, Disney became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. The corporation he co-founded, now known as The Walt Disney Company, today has annual revenues of approximately U.S. $35 billion.

Disney is particularly noted for being a film producer and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design. He and his staff created a number of the world's most famous fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, a character for which Disney himself was the original voice. He has won 26 Academy Awards out of 59 nominations, including a record four in one year, giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual. He also won seven Emmy Awards. He is the namesake for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the United States, as well as the international resorts in Japan, France, and China.

Disney died of lung cancer in Burbank, California on December 15, 1966.

In 1967 construction began on Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. His brother Roy Disney opened & dedicated The Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. Epcot followed on October 1, 1982, Disney's Hollywood Studios formerly known as Disney MGM Studios on May 1, 1989, and Disney's Animal Kingdom on April 22, 1998. The resort also includes hotels, restaurants, golf courses, water parks, campsites, sports & auto racing complex, a wedding pavilion, and other shopping & entertainment complexes, making the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida the number one vacation destination in the world.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Elias Howe”.and “Walt Disney”

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