December 21, 2006
Downloaded singles 1.Irreplaceable, Beyonce 2.Say It Right, Nelly Furtado 3.Fergalicious, Fergie 4.How to Save a Life, The Fray 5.All I Want for Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey [ITUNES] Downloaded albums 1.Wintersong, Sarah McLachlan 2.Let It Snow! EP, Michael Buble 3.A Charlie Brown Christmas (remastered), Vince Guaraldi Trio 4.Daughtry (bonus track), Daughtry 5.The Inspiration (bonus track version), Young Jeezy [ITUNES] Downloaded TV episodes 1.A Benihana Christmas, Parts 1 and 2, The Office 2.The Eye of Jupiter, Battlestar Galactica 3.The Passage, Battlestar Galactica 4.The Convict, The Office 5.Fallout, Heroes [ITUNES]
December 25, 1995
Had enough of Christmas with the family? Then TV's the place to be. You can spend the holiday with a guy who's got a thing for animals, an outer space creature whose finger lights up, Buzz Lightyear, a "boy" and his horse, Good old Charlie Brown or even Mama Partridge. Choose away.* "Very Merry Christmas Parade" (10 a.m.-noon, WMAR, Channel 2) -- Spend Christmas morning with Mickey and the gang, as Joan Lunden and Regis Philbin introduce the country to Christmas at Disney World. I have a feeling a few of the guys from "Toy Story" will show up as well.
December 6, 1995
Before Dec. 9, 1965, you called a scrawny Christmas tree a scrawny Christmas tree. After that date, it had a name: a Charlie Brown tree.Can it be 30 years since "A Charlie Brown Christmas" first aired? Good grief, it's true.A downbeat mixture of clumsy animation, anti-commercial propaganda, "cool" jazz and a touch of Christian proselytizing, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which airs tonight at 8 p.m. on WJZ (Channel 13), was unloved and underestimated by nearly everyone involved with its creation, including "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz.
August 9, 2001
It's August, and things are getting mighty interesting over at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. For even as the old Washington Senators are winning the pennant nightly in the theater's excellent production of Damn Yankees, there have been sightings of a canine, World War I flying ace piloting his doghouse over the skies of France. A little boy has been heard singing to his security blanket, of all things, while a young musician plunks out Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on a toy piano as he is harassed by the terminal fussbudget who adores him. All this can mean one thing: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus and the gang have taken up residence at the area's premier dinner theater where the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown will play for several performances through the month.
December 19, 1990
Now here's a poser of a trivia question, prompted by tonight's re-airing of the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (at 8:30, Channel 11): Who was president of the United States when this animated holiday treat first was seen on television?Lyndon Baines Johnson, that's who, for this show premiered Dec. 9, 1965, as the initial animated adaptation of the "Peanuts" comic strip gang. Makes you feel old, right? But did you know the round-headed kid was already pretty old himself by the time he reached the tube?
September 6, 2008
BILL MELENDEZ, 91 "Peanuts" animator Bill Melendez, an Emmy-winning animator who brought Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang to blithe, blockheaded life on television and in films - and who helped keep them alive after the death of their creator, Charles M. Schulz - died Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 91 and lived in Los Angeles. Mr. Melendez's son, Steven, confirmed the death, saying his father had been in declining health after a fall last year. One of the very few Hispanics in the business when he began his career in the 1930s, Mr. Melendez was the only animator Schulz allowed to shepherd his characters onto the screen.