Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Rick Goldschmidt 2006 radio interview segment KTBZ Clear Channel 94.5 th...

Rankin/Bass Wednesday!

Rick Goldschmidt talks about Rankin/Bass' "Animagic" on the WGN Morning ...


The Munsters

H.R. Pufnstuf

The Batman

From Ron Murphy

Elvis Presley: The Searcher

Just watched the Searcher and liked it very much.  I like the way the story was woven.  It did not portray a good picture of Col. Parker, but it was an honest one.  I know people like the Colonel squeezing every penny out of an artist or something they did not create or have any part of that creativity.  A huckster and nothing else.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Here is a cool article on Romeo Muller, creator and writer of Rankin/Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, from 1981

Romeo Muller, Jr., Creator of the Island of Misfit Toys and most of the Rankin/Bass characters and writer of most of their Enchanted stories!

     Romeo Muller, Jr. is the man who created most of the Rankin/Bass characters and wrote about the Island of Misfit toys, Hermey the elf/dentist, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, Sam the Snowman, Charlie-in-the-box (The only character he didn't create in Rankin/Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was Rudolph and Santa Claus), Professor Hinkle, Winter Warlock, Burgermeister Meisterburger, Heat Miser, Snow Miser, etc.   Most of the time Paul Coker, Jr. created the designs, based on what Romeo wrote.   In the case of Rudolph, it was Tony Peters who created the designs.

     I am going through Romeo's original scrapbook for various projects right now and will post some cool things!   His brother Gene gave me the scrapbook and many of Romeo's original demo recordings for the various productions.  Romeo saved every article about him and all of the reviews for the Rankin/Bass Productions and many of the ones he did for other companies later in his career.

     His name has mysteriously disappeared from Productions based directly on his writings, and as a member of the writer's guild, his estate is working hard to rectify that situation.  I have written much about him in my books and featured his early draft script for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in my Making of Rudolph book.


The Monkees


This was a sweet article from November 28, 1997 on the front page of Bermuda's Mid-Ocean news and Arthur Rankin, Jr.'s letter he sent me with it 😀 #bermuda #midoceannews #rankinbass #history

The Jetsons

Oliver and Stanley

Monday, April 16, 2018

What me Worry? I can remember when MAD MAGAZINE was good!

Here is another version of the article about my involvement with the USPS Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamp project in 2014

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer expert takes the Animagic dynamic duo around for the public to view!

 As the Rankin/Bass Historian/Biographer for about thirty years now and the expert on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I have taken the original Animagic screen used puppets to many, many places!   This was one of the first appearances at Amazing Fantasy Books and comics in Tinley Park, Illinois.   The line was around the entire store, due to my early appearances on CBS NEWS and WGN TV NEWS and an article that broke that morning in the Southtown Economist newspaper.   It was an Amazing event!  We gave away a Limited Edition ornament set of the Heat Miser and Snow Miser with each book purchase.  What a Christmas season!

This was a fun project to work on! I was so glad I got to show Arthur Rankin, Jr. the stamps before he passed away, they were actually issued about 10 months after he passed. My dear friend Tom Ward wrote the article #monday #rankinbass #rudolphtherednosedreindeer #expert #universalstudios

As the Rankin/Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer expert, it was quite am honor to get called upon by the United States Post Office to work on this project.   They graciously sent me many things in return too!

Monday 🍕

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tom wearing my Liverpool Beatle boots..


Willy McBean

Free dvd this weekend with book bundle at

WGN Morning News broadcasts LIVE from Rankin/Bass Historian Rick Goldsch...

Two of my favorites!

Arthur Rankin, jr. On The Leeza Gibbons show Christmas 2006

Friday, April 13, 2018

Excerpt from Christmas 1998 South Florida radio interview with Arthur Ra...

Me with one of the original Rankin/Bass' Santa Claus Animagic figures..there is another on display in Japan right now...

The Leeza Gibbons show with guest Rick Goldschmidt 2006 Rudolph expert

Happy Birthday to Lyle Waggoner today! 83

Always loved Lucius (Lou Wagner) in the Planet of the Apes

Free gift with shirt

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kristy will be with me at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia con in September!

The Starving Artists


Thursday music

The Starving Artists

Thursday night

Beaver and Gilbert pass the future Munsters pad remodeled by their producers 🎃

From the Island of Misfit toys

Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Rick Goldschmidt on 103.9 FM in South Florida Chr...

Happy David's Birthday!