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 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.
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.
December 19, 1999
This past week, cartoonist Charles Schulz announced that he would retire come January and put an end to his venerable "Peanuts" cartoon strip. The strip, which he's drawn more than 18,000 times, appears in 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries. His final daily strip is scheduled to appear Jan. 3; his final Sunday strip in mid-February.In October, months before Schulz's announcement, the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, Fla., opened a retrospective "Peanuts" exhibition marking the comic strip's 50th year.
November 29, 2000
Christmas has to have holly, mistletoe - and holiday specials featuring the likes of Kathie Lee Gifford, Martha Stewart and Donny and Marie. Over the years, a handful of holiday favorites have emerged, thanks to the inspired work of writers and performers ranging from Dr. Seuss and Frank Capra to Jean Shepherd and Sonny and Cher. And thanks to the magic of TV, we get to relive the experience of watching them every year. For those hoping TV will help sustain that holiday mood over the coming weeks, here are 10 movies or television shows worth scheduling time for. The list is far from exhaustive - heck, the hopelessly addicted could probably spend four or five TV hours a day immersed in yuletide cheer right up to Christmas evening - but for the choosy, this is the way to go: "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24, Cartoon Network)