Cyber MondayNovember 30, 2015
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A golden Christmas oldie, A Charlie Brown Christmas, celebrates its golden anniversary today. Although CBS actually first aired the show on Dec. 9, 1965, a TV special tonight on ABC, hosted by Kristen Bell, commemorates the holiday standard a little early. The half-hour animated show follows at 9 p.m. (ABC, which has owned the broadcast rights since 2001, will show it again on Dec. 24.)
A poignant and ultimately uplifting story about the commercialization of Christmas, the special was heretical in its day for a number of reasons. The producer, Lee Mendelson, chose mostly neighborhood kids rather than young-sounding adult actors to voice the characters. Unusually, he chose a jazz trio to provide the soundtrack (which has since sold millions). Charles M. Schulz, the comic strip's creator, insisted there be no laugh track, a TV standard at the time. Mr. Schulz also stood firm on keeping its religious message and a passage from the Bible, despite Mr. Mendelson's objections that religion should stay out of prime-time television. The show was an immediate hit, with more than 15 million households watching the premiere. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is also screening the show this month, and the U.S. Postal Service introduced a set of "A Charlie Brown's Christmas" stamps last month.
COP21: World leaders begin high-level climate talks BBC - November 30, 2015
Focus this week returns to Paris as 150 world leaders try to agree on something. Funny that the conference is called COP - as there will be cops everywhere, though I don't see a terrorist attack just more dramas by frustrated people. COP21 participants know the climate can't be fixed but there are other things to talk about. I see various closed door meetings by these leaders on other major issues facing the world.
In the midst of global chaos we prepare for the upcoming holidays with hopes that 2016 will bring solutions. Sunday my friend Marion walked passed Bergdorf Goodman and sent me this picture of their window display. What does my crystal ball tell me about the world 2016? Duality with chaos ruling.
Marion's photo comes from a window display featured in Architectural Digest ...