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Dates on the Starspeeder 1000

As I was walking through the queue of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, I noticed a set of numbers at the bottom of the Starspeeder 1000.  Knowing Disney's Imagineers, anytime you see sets of numbers that aren't required by some Federal guideline, the numbers usually have a hidden meaning.  

I knew off the bat the numbers were dates.  112976 represents November 29, 1976 and 030962 represents March 9, 1962.  My first thought were that these dates were of importance to Star Wars but the first Star Wars film didn't come out until 1977 and there didn't appear to be much relevance to the Star Wars galaxy otherwise.  So the next logical conclusion is that these are birthdays.  And knowing Imagineers, it's likely birthdays of the Imagineers that worked on the attraction.

Who's birthday exactly, well, I'm not sure of.  Both Tom Fitzgerald and Tony Baxter are too old for the 1962 date to be theirs.  While I'm not sure of who's birthday it is, odds are someone that worked on the Star Tours 2 project immortalized themselves subtly with this reference.

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