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Bill Lofthouse

Children peek from the beehive of the Ronald McDonald House Charities float, "Home Sweet Home" in 2006. Primitive animation in the 1960s — two kids inside a float using sticks to make a character’s eyelids flutter — gave way to computers that could be programmed to elaborately animate a float. Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times