On July 24th, Helen and I welcomed back to “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” on “Radio Once More”, author and official historian/biographer of Rankin/Bass productions, Rick Goldschmidt. I had another nice conversation with Rick and we discussed a few of the classic Rankin/Bass productions, a couple of his book projects, and Rick’s appearance on MeTV‘s television series, “Collector’s Call”.
We discussed Rick’s latest book project “The Making of Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town and The Daydreamer” about the classic 1970 Christmas special “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” starring Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney and the star-studded 1966 film “The Daydreamer”.
We also discussed Rick’s upcoming book project “Frosty the Snowman 50th Anniversary Scrapbook” about the 1969 CBS traditional cell animated special “Frosty the Snowman” starring Jimmy Durante and Jackie Vernon. Rick explained that Frosty is the longest running television special that ran on the same network. Frosty has been running annually on CBS since 1969.
For years, Rick has been campaigning to have these classic Rankin/Bass productions restored and released as the creators intended them to be seen, complete and unedited. Rick has had mixed success with this endeavor, he realizes that it is a very tough task when dealing with large corporate entities that have economical priorities rather than focusing on the quality and completeness of these releases. We played an excellent example of this featuring 2 clips from “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town“.
We then moved our conversation to Rick’s amazing nostalgia memorabilia collection and his appearance with Lisa Whelchel on MeTV‘s “Collector’s Call“. On the episode of “Collector’s Call” featuring Rick, Lisa was escorted around Rick’s museum home with numerous relics and treasures of pop culture displayed throughout the house. Rick and I discussed a few of these items including his “Captain Action” collection, Martin & Lewis 3D Photos, and Rick’s bound “TV Guide” collection.
Rick’s episode of “Collector’s Call” can be seen here:
Here is the entire conversation with Rick Goldschmidt on “Radio Once More“.
We would like to give a big thanks to Rick Goldschmidt for again appearing on ‘Radio Once More’. You can visit Rick’s blog and web site at MiserBros.com. Thanks for stopping by the ‘Holmsey Blog’ and…….Merry Christmas in July!!!!!!…….Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!