QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTMAS SPECIALS
Cecilia Tamayo: I have been looking high and low for this film/movie. It would be showing during Christmas time when I was a little girl. I believe it was out in the 1950's or 1960's, it may even be from England. Although I saw it late 60's early 70's or so.
The story goes that there is a little girl sick in bed, very ill. Her father comes home and gives her a music box of "Twas the Night Before Christmas. It veered away from that moment and started an animated story of the poem...it was done so well. The station...2 - 4 or 7 (we only had about 5 stations back then) stopped it one year and started playing the ridiculous 'Twas the Night before Christmas a mouse tail instead. It was surely a gloomy time, my mother was horrified. Every time I see it come on, I long for the other. It was so beautifully done. They always seem to take the good stuff away and put on crap instead.
Monday, December 7, 2009 7:35am
From The Onion News Network - why do I think there's more than a little truth to this? Does every point I have to make have to be framed as a question? Is it exhaustion from long shooting days?
Monday, December 7, 2009 7:25am
HOLIDAY BLOG RERUN
This was my first visit to Wentworth. It's always a pleasure to visit small southern towns, it's a way of life that is changing too rapidly- for better or for worse.
So it's blog rerun time again while I try in vain to catch up with my other work - here's the oldest known footage of Santa Claus ever shot, courtesy of James, from Great Britain in 1898.
enjoy this: Lee Mendelson, producer of A Charlie Brown Christmas,
talks about his classic Peanuts holiday special, in a special Christmas
edition of the Internet radio show TV
Time Machine, hosted by TV historian Jim Benson.
Friday, December 4, 2009 7:20am
Sadly, the actress that played Cousin Pearl (and Betty Rubble) Bea Benaderet died of lung cancer a few years years later.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 11:43am
LOOK WHO'S COMING OUT NOW
That item got me to thinking. Yesterday was World AIDS Day and a friend - well, vague acquaintance really, you know how Facebook is - started a thread and, I don't think he meant it to be disturbing, but it really got me thinking about how much things have changed in the last thirty years in terms of coming out as gay.
In that thread Mark Sieber brought up a tragic story of a guy I was acquainted with who took his boyfriend to the senior prom in 1973. His parents disowned him on the spot and he never returned to school after that night. This is the first I've heard of this, the idea of being openly gay at the senior prom at that time was unheard of and this was down south. You know, in tolerant Greensboro, NC. (It's actually infinitely better now, thank God.) Another classmate, a varsity basketball star, came out to his friends, got a hostile reaction, and ran out into traffic and killed himself. So if you're up for a depressing story click here.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 8:33am
Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy were major stars on radio and in films so naturally 'they' turned their attention to television in the 1950s. While they remained popular guest stars on other performer's shows until the end, Bergen's attempts at a weekly television series never really caught on.
First let's start with a sample of their radio antics as Edgar tries to explain income taxes to Charlie.
Now here's the opening of the first Edgar Bergen TV Special from the nifty fifties.
Saturday, November 28, 2009 11:15am
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