Saturday, July 12, 2008


I got to meet one of my All Time favorites WHITE SOX Players today at the Brookfield Zoo! What a GREAT guy! He was the AL Home run leader of 1971!

Check out his hair in the early 1970's!

Bill signed tons of vintage stuff for my son Josh, my pal Patrick Owsley and myself! It isn't even all pictured here!

GO GO WHITE SOX! Between 1968 and 1975, 'Beltin' Bill Melton was a popular and productive slugger for the White Sox. Melton hit 20 or more home runs five times during his ten-year career, including 33 in both 1970 and 1971. His 33 homers in 1971 led the league, making him the first White Sox player to win the AL Home Run Crown. Melton set a White Sox record by hitting 88 career round trippers at old Comiskey.

Bill does the TV POST GAME WHITE SOX shows on COMCAST SPORTSNET as well as on the radio!

Back to Brookfield Zoo Saturday July 12, 2008

BILL MELTON of the CHICAGO WHITE SOX signs at the zoo!

Had a Strawberry Margarita at the SUN DECK at STINGRAY BAY!

We de de de, we de de de...The Lion Sleeps today

I got to meet Melissa Forman from THE LITE as she was broadcasting from the ZOO today on 93.9 FM! We talked RANKIN/BASS!
Met up with my pal Ken Grzeslo, who actually schedules events at the ZOO! We talked about doing another RANKIN/BASS event with the original SANTA & RUDOLPH Christmas 2009!

Antique Mall

Picked up this VERY large FOAM BIG MAC with wiggle eyes and an original 1960's cup from a dealer that was an advertising executive for McDONALD's today!

A signed hardcover copy of my first book THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS: A PORTFOLIO was spotted in a Palatine, IL Used Book srore glass case last week priced at $650.00!

Picked up this cool 1970 TV GUIDE with three of my favorite things...Jim Henson's early MUPPETS, ED SULLIVAN and CHRISTMAS! There is a GREAT DVD out with all of the early Henson appearances on ED SULLIVAN's show called MUPPET MAGIC!

This brings back memories of Marty MacNeely!

Original 1970 SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN ad in TV GUIDE. Looks like they singled out Dingle Kringle!

Postcard from JELLYSTONE PARK!

Josh sent me this neat metallic postcard from JELLYSTONE in Kentucky!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


You can PRE-ORDER the upcoming set from ROUND 2 at


I am a BIG MARTIN & LEWIS fan and MONEY FROM HOME (1954) was missing from the PARAMOUNT box sets. My friend Tom Frederick advised me it was issued as a single DVD 07-08-08. It was their first color movie and shot in 3-D. I actually have two 3-D light up pictures from this film that were used in theater lobbies during it's initial release. Now PARAMOUNT needs to release THREE RING CIRCUS (another one of their color films) and we will be set.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Monday, July 07, 2008


 PRE-SALE on these GREAT yard decorations! I put RUDOLPH ones up every year and they look GREAT! Nice to be able to decorate your yard during the holidays with RANKIN/BASS characters instead of generic ones.