@Lee, @marni1971 and I had the pleasure of running into him (in my case multiple times) during a madcap Fanboi DayTrip for Lee and I in September of 2010 (I wrote about it on anotherdisneyplace.com, I don't think I put it here too!) and we spoke at length about the ''disaster'' that Imagination was then and remains now.
I think it kills Tony to see what they did with one of his great works.
And i am certain that is indeed the case.
Absolutely without a doubt, i fully believe that.
How could it not be?
How could it not rip a piece of his very soul right out of him......seeing what was done to that brilliant work?
It hurts like a son of the b***** for sure...to see something that means something to not only to you, but to many others destroyed with no intention to improve upon the foundation that had already been previously laid.
My heart really goes out to him when i think about what he must have been going through on a personal and emotional level during that transitional time.
Such a wasteful and shortsighted decision it was the 'force close' the Attraction just to save a few operational dollars.
Outrageous and incredibly sad.
I remember back around the time the Original Attraction closed, a Cast Member told me who used to work the Pavilion that on the last night of operation several 'Company gentlemen' rode the Attraction for the last time through.
I would like to think one of the was Mr. Baxter, but i could never get any further insights into who those folks were.