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?
December 3, 1992
I've been a ''Peanuts'' fan for years. I've literally grown up with the ''Peanuts'' specials. ''It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'' and ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'' are as traditional in my house as pumpkins and Christmas trees.But I have a question.Why haven't there been any ''Peanuts'' for the Jewish holidays?There have been ''Peanuts'' specials for almost every holiday including Arbor Day, and that special was created prior to the recent flourishing of the environmental movement. ''Peanuts'' specials have always been educational, whether the message is subtle, such as standing up for your beliefs as Linus did in ''The Great Pumpkin,'' or overt, such as the ''Why, Charlie Brown, Why?
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.