We were sorry to hear about Connie Hines' (Carol Post) passing a few weeks back (she was 78). She looked and sounded great in her April, 2009 interview on the season one DVD set of MR. ED (SHOUT FACTORY). I have been watching MR. ED on ME TV and their channel THIS! for a while now and am glad season sets are finally coming out on DVD.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Arthur and Jules (Pictured in 1965) with the help of Romeo Muller, took the character of RUDOLPH and embellished the short story and song and created and added the Island of Misfit Toys, the BUMBLE, YUKON CORNELIUS, CLARICE, HERMEY THE ELF, etc. etc. They made RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER for television and created something that will last for generations. RUDOLPH is now a household name and part of just about everyone's Christmas.
Robert L. May's brother-in-law came along and took RUDOLPH and turned him into a musical sensation! The first big hit was recorded by Gene Autry and many recorded the tune after him. Johnny was Arthur Rankin's neighbor and he convinced him to make the TV Spectacular. Marks wrote all of the songs for the 1964 classic.
ROBERT L. MAY started it all! He is pictured here circa 1964 with his daughters Betsy and Martha (Who appeared on a segment of CBS NEWS with me years ago). Robert actually wrote the story book for Montgomery Ward & Co. and he was the same age as I was when I wrote my MAKING OF RUDOLPH book :) He lived in Evanston, IL too...we are both from Illinois. He passed away in 1976 and this RUDOLPH pictured with him is now housed at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
We sold out of the unsigned card set! Through this weekend we are making the signed set $10 + $1 shipping. Both cards are signed by RANKIN/BASS Character designer PAUL COKER, JR.! PAYPAL Rickgoldsc@aol.com
Friday, January 01, 2010
Book package offer this weekend...by purchasing the book for $55 shipped...you can make a choice of RARE RANKIN/BASS shows on DVD! I have THE COMING STRIP (w/ TIGERSHARKS, STREET FROGS, MINI MONSTERS, KARATE KAT), or THE SMOKEY THE BEAR SHOW (2 DVDs) or KID POWER (2 DVDs)! PAYPAL Rickgoldsc@aol.com or e-mail for mailing instructions :)