Revisiting an obscure but beloved Christmas special from decades past.
SOCIAL MEDIA POST FROM DECEMBER 26, 2009 “One night in 1978, I stayed up with my pop and watched an animated anthology on PBS called “Simple Gifts – Six Episodes for Christmas,” and it became one of my few favorite Christmas specials. I have not seen the special in the 31 years since that night, but now a stranger has given me a simple gift by posting it on YouTube. If you have the time, watch it. I dare you not to be charmed.” – Michael Dobkins
“Prologue” by Maurice Sendak
A Memory of Christmas” from Moss Hart’s autobiography, “Act One.” Narrated by Jose Ferrer.
“Lost and Found” from Fontaine Fox’s classic comic strip, “Toonerville Folk.”
“The Great Frost” from Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando.” Narrated by Hermione Gingold.
“My Christmas, an entry in the diary of Teddy Roosevelt, age 11
“December 25th, 1914” from a letter from The Western Front by Captain Sir Edward Hulse.
“No Room at the Inn” from R.O. Blechman’s “Tutto Esaurito”
Cruelly candid photos from the front lines of early days of the War on Christmas!
I used to think the War on Christmas was an overwrought alarmist myth until I stumble across this photographic evidence proving that the Hollywood show biz elite has been waging a battle against the Yuletide holiday since the early days of classic Hollywood. This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks.
Sad news. Dorothy Fontana and I both worked on the Make Way For Noddy television back in early 2000s, and I was lucky enough to spend some time with her at a writer’s meeting for the show. She was a lovely lady.
I doubt I made very much of an impression, but I was thrilled because she had made an impression on me long before I even met her. There’s her work on Star Trek, of course, but she also wrote for the original Land of the Lost, Then Came Bronson, Circle of Fear, The Waltons, Babylon Five, and… even Wild, Wild West.
I didn’t even realize she had worked on that last one until checking IMDB. All of these shows were part of the pop culture stew I lived on back in the days, and she worked on all of them, and many more. The woman had a career and should be an inspiration to anyone with aspirations to write for television.
I’m glad we had her for so long, and I’m glad I got a chance to meet her.
Starting next week, I’ll have some spare time in my schedule for screenplay consultations and I desperately need to kick this Scrooge outlook I’ve been cultivating, so I’m announcing a holiday season sale. Bah, hum, er, humongous savings!
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