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Lee Mendelson on "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

The Washington Post‘s Comic Riffs weblog has spoken with veteran producer Lee Mendelson about A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is commemorating its 45th anniversary since its first airing in 1965. Mendelson gives a brief overview of how he came to befriend Peanuts comic strip creator Charles M. Schulz and how a failed documentary on the strip and Schulz led to the special that executives believed would flop. Comments on the special and its enduring place in American pop culture are also provided by Schulz’s widow Jean, Mother Goose and Grimm comic strip creator Mike Peters, and writer Michael Chabon.

(via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article mistakenly stated that Comic Riffs was a weblog at the Los Angeles Times.)

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