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.
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 3, 2005
All Day Buck Stops / Dozens of Baltimore attractions, including numerous museums, the Maryland Zoo, the Maryland Science Center and the Top of the World observation level at the World Trade Center, offer admission for $1 or less during certain hours (also tomorrow at some attractions). Go online to godowntownbaltimore.com or call 410-244-1030. 9 a.m. Classic Cars / Warm up with hot rods at the East Coast Indoor Nationals Car Show. About 300 pre-1973 cars will be featured, along with a marketplace, Santa and celebrities.
December 7, 1994
The odds against it happening are very high, but tonight TV provides a sort of holiday miracle: two watchable Christmas specials on the same night. One is from 1965 -- and that's the newer one. The other, seen for the first time since it was performed live on the DuMont network, is from 1951.* "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (8-8:30 p.m., Channel 11) -- Vince Guaraldi's jazz score is terrific. Linus' lecture about the true meaning of Christmas is right on the money -- and right about the money, too. Then there's the Snoopy dance, seen in animated form for the first time -- and that scrawny Christmas tree, which Charlie Brown identifies with for all the right reasons.
November 25, 2007
Don't come looking for good tidings, joy and phony holiday sentiment in this list. It is a weird group, but these are my favorites, for better or worse - and all are available on DVD. 1. Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. Set in the Great Depression and narrated by the author himself, this touching and classy 1966 production for ABC tells the story of an outcast boy and his eccentric aunt as they set out to bake fruitcakes for the holiday - even for people who are mean to them. 2. Thirtysomething - "Mike Van Dyke."