Saturday, January 07, 2023

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

This was a great bill!


Had a nice Holiday ☃️dinner with my kids Sara and Josh 🎁

Everything is out in the mail!

Lots of interest in Rankin/Bass' Pinocchio these days! the first stop-norion Pinocchio

Bill Giles reminded me of this story from my book THE MAKING OF THE RANKIN/BASS HOLIDAY CLASSIC: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, which I forgot about :) Janis Orenstein (Clarice) came to the studio after school with her mom to record "There's Always Tomorrow," and nailed it on the first take! He said he never recorded anyone that did was rare. He had her do a few more takes BUT it was the first take that made it into the special and on the soundtrack album. He also told me about a soundtrack album that was attempted in the studio, that was beyond the DECCA LP that was released, that was a total disaster and never released.

Tuesday, January 03, 2023



This was in the December 2022 issue of ReMind magazine

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Arthur scrapbook

 I dug out Arthur's original Dentsu scrapbook.  So many cool things and we included it in this book.  Arthur started Videocraft International (which later became Rankin/Bass Productions).  His friend, Jules Bass, Became a full partner much later.  In fact, Jules initially was the treasurer for the company.  The rest of the book covers Arthur's memorial, which I was one of the last speakers at, in Bermuda.