First TV Airing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
December 4, 1965 TV Guide
As a lifelong admirer of
Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip, I
occasionally buy a collectible item like a Snoopy music box that plays "It's a Long Way to Tipperary," a plastic
Schroeder and piano figurine, a Charlie Brown Skediddler, or a Snoopy astronaut from the Apollo era. This time I
bought the edition of TV Guide that announced the first showing of the "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
cartoon. Also in this edition is the announcement of plans to preempt regular programming to televise the launch
of the Gemini VII spacecraft, which carried
astronauts Frank Borman and James A. Lovell. It launched right on time at 2:30 pm on December 4th.
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the advent of YouTube and other video sharing venue via the Internet, broadcast television was THE medium for visual
entertainment other than an occasional jaunt to the movie theater. You either watched shows when they first aired or
hope to catch them on reruns. TV Guide was THE
go-to publication for all things television. Out of print now, it was for many of us the schedule setter
for Saturday morning cartoons and Prime Time comedy shows.
"As his millions of fans long since have discovered, under that inept, ineffectual, bumbling exterior of Charlie
Brown's there beats a heart as soft and sweet as a marshmallow. In the sequence on these pages, drawn
exclusively for TV Guide by Charlie's creator, Charles Schulz, he becomes concerned about the true meaning of
Christmas, finally comes up with what he believes is the answer. And despite the skepticism of his friend (?) lucy, he has faith in
it-so much so that he has made it the theme of his first special, "Charlie Brown's Christmas," scheduled for CBS
on Dec. 9."
See my modest Peanuts
nostalgia collection and Snoopy alarm clock.
"Peanuts on Television," by Charles Schulz
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" first airing Thursday, December 9, 1965
Posted November 30, 2013