Dorse A. Lanpher wrote in his book Flyin' Chunks and Other Things to Duck that his boss: effects animator Jack Buckley told him that he had "an abundance of four letter words with a force that could remove wallpaper". Of course, this is more of a joke really because no-one can really remove wallpaper with a force of swearing. That is what I think is an anecdote - but maybe it did happen. Although I think Jack Buckley may have been a bit sarcastic.
Ward Kimball says that the end of Geronimi's career was because of John Lounsbery refusing to pick up scenes of him one day and going to Walt Disney saying "I don't want to work with this man anymore!" So, it was the end of Gerry's career - it seemed that Walt had no choice but to fire him. I believe there's more to say about Geronimi on Michael Barrier's book Hollywood Cartoons - and I really do need to purchase the book online, I will do eventually.
Here in this documentary from 1954 with Walt Disney promoting his then new feature Lady and the Tramp, and towards the video - there is an interesting part with Gerry Geronimi, who was directing a sequence along with Woolie Reitherman animating Tramp in the dog fight and Tom Codrick who was providing layouts. Here, Gerry looked like a nice guy there - calm and not cursing and explaining Woolie what to do in a scene. Of course Woolie seemed to be his ususal self and Tom Codrick looked cool. Although, I suppose Gerry was like that because it wouldn't be right to show a cursing Gerry Geronimi in front of a children's show. But somehow I bet when the filming finished, Gerry was his usual self. If you want to see the rest of the documentary - I posted Part 2.
Now, I'm not trying to be too critical of Clyde Geronimi - I think he's a great director - he directed Pecos Bill (my favourite segment in "Melody Time) and some marvellous sequences in films like Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians and many more! He has been a good worker for many years at Disney - although unfortunately those stories of Gerry being mean were witnessed by more than one person.
Does any one else have more stuff about Gerry? I'd be happy to hear - even though I wasn't there.
P.S. - I'm having troubles on my laptop with the internet - I'm afraid that my mosaics may go on hiatus - but it was hopefully be fixed until next week - hopefully.