It's been called the happiest place on earth.
Gary Pinkel wanted to see it for himself.
Pinkel, a tight end on the Kent State football team, was in Central Florida as the Golden Flashes prepared to take on Tampa University in the 1972 Tangerine Bowl at the Citrus Bowl.
Disney World was just a year old and Pinkel and some of his teammates wanted to check it out for themselves.
So they did what people did back in those days — they hitchhiked — to Disney World and back.
"It was remarkably different," Pinkel recalled during a break from a news conference Thursday at the Citrus Bowl.
Much of the area has changed — gone are the...