Wednesday, November 13, 2019

I found the last piece I wanted for my Martin & Lewis puppet show, the back drop/banner and for practically free! I would see them years ago (like 25 years) at the Kane County toy show, but haven't seen one since, until now. #martinandlewis #deanmartin #jerrylewis #nationalpuppetcompany #handpuppets #fun

Wes and Ness will be doing this one in Anaheim, CA

Here is our updated Holiday schedule! Take note that the California date will be my business partner and book designer Wes Garlatz signing books (That I also signed and drew in) appearing with our friend artist Ness Head at his booth. My WGN radio date moved to December 10th (same time). This will be a busy season! Hope to see you at one of our appearances! I did four interviews Tuesday and many more coming up 🎅❄🦃 #rankinbassproductions #thanksgiving #christmas #cbs #amc #freeform #frostythesnowman #rudolphtherednosedreindeer #popculture

I watched this the other night! Tennessee Ernie Ford did a great job on narrating and singing in Rankin/Bass' The Mouse on the Mayflower. He also had a good Christmas TV special with designs by Eyvind Earle (of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty fame) 🎅 #tennesseeernieford #thestoryofchristmas #nbc #christmas #eyvindearle

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We all grew up watching the Rankin/Bass Productions Holiday TV Programs like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming To Town, and of course, Frosty the Snowman! Friday, November 29 from 3PM to 7PM at Santa’s Village Amusement Park, meet the author & official historian/biographer of these popular television specials... Rick Goldschmidt! He will be introducing his 6th book 'Rankin Bass’ Frosty the Snowman: 50th Anniversary Scrapbook'! Other titles like 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' and ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town' will also be available along with some other special items and some of his rare collectibles! This is an incredibly special event you don't want to miss!

Santa's Village posted November 1st!  I just saw today....

I did a great interview with Jim Tofte earlier for WJUL Radio! This has been an all interview day and kind of fun! I don't remember doing so many this early in the season! Just finished one with Chad for later broadcast, The Patch wants to do one after 9 pm and doing one with News-O-Matic, the Daily News Just for Kids. More than 5 million kids have downloaded their news app from 148 countries, and thousands of U.S. schools read their articles each day as part of their nonfiction literacy curriculum. Their stories are intended for young readers between grades K-8, and we’re translated into Spanish, French, and Arabic. Their daily reach is approximately 500,000 children around the world. #holidayinterviews #radio #tuesday #fun #rankinbassproductions #november #kids

Sunday, November 10, 2019


I will also be talking about our new Frosty book and his fiftieth in many interviews too!

Sundays can be a lot of fun!

This has been a red letter day for me! Actually Red Letter month!

I always pick up Shiny Brites!  I am friends with Christopher Radko too.

I decided to light up Santa's Castle tonight! Hermey doesn't like to make toys, but he needs to see what he is doing!

I am doing three interviews in the next two days and I am sure I will be talking about how Romeo Muller and Antony Peters created all of the characters in the Rankin/Bass TV Special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, except maybe Rudolph.
They sure gave Rudolph his personality though, along with my late, dear friend Billie Mae Richards!

Rick Goldschmidt to appear at Santa's Village 11-29-2019 and 12-21-2019 ...

It's Thanksgiving feast package time! 🦃🎨 #mouseonthemayflower #thanksgiving — in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

This Thursday!

I am making two appearances at Santa's Village in East Dundee, IL this holiday season 🎅 One on Black Friday 🦃 November 29th from 3 pm until 7 pm! Then returning on December 21st from 3 pm until 7 pm 🤶 I will also be signing in and drawing in books throughout the holidays at #santasvillage #thanksgiving #christmas #rankinbassproductions #frostythesnowmansfiftiethanniversary #cbs #amc #freeform #rudolphtherednosedreindeer

Friday, November 08, 2019

Holy Cow! I came across these pictures the other day of my appearance at the San Diego Comic Con in August of 1998. Where does the time go? Someone actually made a 3-D version of my book cover for the event and it looks like I am signing a rare hardcover edition of the first printing of The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass: A Portfolio, in the first photo. The Mad Monster Party soundtrack CD was released there and I brought some over to Phyllis Diller. It was great meeting the guys from Adam 12, who weren't far from my booth. I wish I had talked to Martin about Route 66, which I became a bigger fan of later. I signed a lot of books there! #sandiegocomiccon #rankinbassproductions #flashbackfriday

We dedicated the book to my late friend Maury Laws

We also dedicated it to my late friend Bradley Bolke, June Foray, Thomas Frederick, Pat Owsley, Greg Ehrbar, etc.

Another favorite!

One of my favorite statues in my collection of an old friend

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Thursday practice

A storyboard for The Mouse on the Mayflower by I believe Steve Nakagawa

Another busy day in November!

 I set up a return appearance to Scott's Vintage Antiques and Collectibles in North Aurora for December 15th at 3 pm until 5 pm!   I will bring all of my Rankin/Bass goodies and The Starving Artists for some music indoors this time!   It has been a few years since we appeared at Scott's, so it should be fun!  Butch Patrick recently appeared there and had lots of fun!
 I am doing a radio interview with Jim Tofte Tuesday November 12th.  I believe it will air later on   I will post when it airs in North Las Vegas, Nevada on Summit Media, Inc.

I am doing an interview with my friend Mark Arnold for his Fun Ideas Podcast to air around December 4th!   I am doing the interview Monday  November 11th.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019


Yes Mom, Rick found the rest of his Thanksgiving decorations!

I had a Thanksgiving feast at Portillo's Wednesday!

The 40th Anniversary of Rankin/Bass' Jack Frost is on December 13th, 2019!

I am going to be appearing at The Comedy Shrine December 19th at 7 pm!

 This event will feature a presentation by me for Christmas, including some rare clips, music, questions and answers, etc.   Tickets are $10.  The admission also allows you to peruse the fantastic museum (Sample picture below).  Rankin/Bass Productions Produced The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians and worked with some of the great comedians of all-time!   I will have my regular table of Rankin/Bass items at the event and do a book signing as well!