Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Just watched the Searcher and liked it very much. I like the way the story was woven. It did not portray a good picture of Col. Parker, but it was an honest one. I know people like the Colonel squeezing every penny out of an artist or something they did not create or have any part of that creativity. A huckster and nothing else.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Here is a cool article on Romeo Muller, creator and writer of Rankin/Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, from 1981
Romeo Muller, Jr., Creator of the Island of Misfit Toys and most of the Rankin/Bass characters and writer of most of their Enchanted stories!
I am going through Romeo's original scrapbook for various projects right now and will post some cool things! His brother Gene gave me the scrapbook and many of Romeo's original demo recordings for the various productions. Romeo saved every article about him and all of the reviews for the Rankin/Bass Productions and many of the ones he did for other companies later in his career.
His name has mysteriously disappeared from Productions based directly on his writings, and as a member of the writer's guild, his estate is working hard to rectify that situation. I have written much about him in my books and featured his early draft script for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in my Making of Rudolph book.
This was a sweet article from November 28, 1997 on the front page of Bermuda's Mid-Ocean news and Arthur Rankin, Jr.'s letter he sent me with it 😀 #bermuda #midoceannews #rankinbass #history
Monday, April 16, 2018
Here is another version of the article about my involvement with the USPS Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamp project in 2014
As the Rankin/Bass Historian/Biographer for about thirty years now and the expert on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I have taken the original Animagic screen used puppets to many, many places! This was one of the first appearances at Amazing Fantasy Books and comics in Tinley Park, Illinois. The line was around the entire store, due to my early appearances on CBS NEWS and WGN TV NEWS and an article that broke that morning in the Southtown Economist newspaper. It was an Amazing event! We gave away a Limited Edition ornament set of the Heat Miser and Snow Miser with each book purchase. What a Christmas season!
This was a fun project to work on! I was so glad I got to show Arthur Rankin, Jr. the stamps before he passed away, they were actually issued about 10 months after he passed. My dear friend Tom Ward wrote the article #monday #rankinbass #rudolphtherednosedreindeer #expert #universalstudios
As the Rankin/Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer expert, it was quite am honor to get called upon by the United States Post Office to work on this project. They graciously sent me many things in return too!