I represent the first generation whom, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Friday, December 06, 2013
Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: Rudolph the Red–Nosed Reindeer
The special is based on the song by Johnny Marks, which was in turn taken from
the 1939 poem
of the same title written by Marks' brother-in-law, Robert L. May.
Since 1972, the special has aired over CBS,
which unveiled a high-definition, digitally remastered version in 2005. As with
Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph
no longer airs just once annually, but several times during the Christmas
season. It has been telecast every year since 1964, making it the longest
running Christmas TV special, and one of only four 1960s Christmas specials
still being telecast (the others being A Charlie Brown Christmas, How
the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty
the Snowman). And again, as with the Charlie Brown special, Rudolph
has now been shown more than thirty-one times on CBS, although in this case,
CBS was not Rudolph 's original network.