Saturday, May 13, 2017

A signed Mother Nature doll by my late, great friend Rhoda Mann

Nice mail! 📪

I got a nice letter in the mail today from actor/singer and new Facebook friend Alan Stentiford concerning my Mad Monster Party book and work I (with Wes Garlatz) do to keep Rankin/Bass alive and well  #fifty #madmonsterparty #rankinbass #yetch #allenswift 

The Jack Benny program

I was watching a Jack Benny show, where all three comedians on the screen were Rankin/Bass alumni! Jack (The mad, mad, mad comedians), George Gobel ('Twas the night before Christmas) and Red Skelton (Rudolph's Shiny New Year).  When television was full of talented people!  #jackbenny #georgegobel #redskelton #rankinbass

Mattel Monkey-ola 🐵

Blatz beer

Dr. Sara Goldschmidt, DVM

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

A signed book

Rankin/Bass' The Wacky World of Mother Goose to air on TCM this Thursday at 6:15 PM Eastern

I see Rankin/Bass' The Wacky World of Mother Goose will be on this Thursday on TCM at 6:15 pm (I believe that is Eastern time). They usually show this film in the wee hours of the morning, so this is a rare evening showing. Not their best film, but it is interesting for many reasons and it has a pretty good musical soundtrack. My late, great friend Bob McFadden made his Rankin/Bass debut in this as the evil Count Walktwist and my good pal Bradley Bolke (jangle Bells/Chumley the Walrus) also made his Rankin/Bass debut. #rankinbass #turnerclassicmovies #animation #mothergoose #thewackyworldofmothergoose #margaretrutherford #bradleybolke #robertmcfadden

*I Produced the dvd for ANCHOR BAY several years ago and provided all of the extras in the Bonus Features and wrote the booklet.


Jonny Quest

Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones

Winstons taste a cigarette should!

Stanley and Ricky

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Book signing Sunday night at

Sunday night 🎨

He did the mash...

It's a beautiful cool and sunny day out!

😎 🌞 Love it! 💘

50 years of Rankin/Bass' Mad Monster Party! Here is part one of a documentary I Co-Produced!

Are you a fan of The Wizard of Oz? OZ: The International convention coming up August 4th too!

I will be making a presentation here Friday night at the Joliet Historical society and signing all four of my books as well!  More info to follow!  Come on out!

I will be a guest at WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO August 24-27!

 It has been almost 10 years since my last appearance at WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO!  I literally met thousands of Rankin/Bass fans there over the years!  I have appeared at the San Diego Comicon a few times and Wizard World a few times and both have become so huge, I stayed away for a while.   Since this is the 20th Anniversary of my first book and the 50th Anniversary of Mad Monster Party and 40th for Rankin/Bass' The Hobbit, Wizard World asked me to appear all four days and make a presentation discussing my nearly thirty years of work as the Rankin/Bass Historian/Biographer.   Information on the time of the presentation will follow.   I have also been asked to draw for the children on Kid's day Sunday.  We will have a huge display of merchandise there and I will bring some rare things as well!  I will be drawing and signing in all four of my books there as well!

We had so much fun at the 2006 Wizard World!   We had the original Animagic figures of Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer there and many news agencies reported about it.   There were lines to take pictures with them and I signed so many books, I had writer's cramp for two weeks!

 Noel Neill (Lois Lane) and I became great friends before she passed away last year on July 4th.  She was a huge Rudolph fan and collected the toys, which we gave her many.   She loved the Bumble!   We met up with her again at the Ohio Con and the Associated Press came out to interview us, and did a story that was syndicated throughout the world.

The TIME & SPACE TOYS booth was well stocked!  We will be doing another show with our dear friend Kevin Kriess in Pittsburgh next month, to celebrate Mad Monster Party's 50th (Details to follow) and then we will have a huge event in West Hollywood and possibly Palm Springs, CA starting October 21st (Details to follow).   Below, another television interview we did at Wizard World in 2006.

A few more pages from the 20th Anniversary book! You will not want to miss it!

Did I mention that the 20th Anniversary book is NEW and IMPROVED and trumps all previous editions?   It is now 412 pages (Most in color), over 1,400 images, more RARE Finds, Appearance photos, merchandise pictures, behind-the-scenes Animagic photos, etc.