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Lee Mendelson Passed on Christmas Day
« on: December 28, 2019, 11:33:49 AM »
Not a shock jock, but for a generation plus he defined true appointment TV before VCRs.

The man who brought "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to television and penned the lyrics to the special's signature song, "Christmas Time is Here," has died. Lee Mendelson was 86 and died on Christmas day.

Lee Mendelson, the producer who changed the face of the holidays when he brought “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to television in 1965 and wrote the lyrics to its signature song, “Christmas Time Is Here,” died on Christmas day, his son said.

Mendelson, who won a dozen Emmys in his long career, died at his home in Hillsborough, California, of congestive heart failure at age 86 after a long struggle with lung cancer, son Jason Mendelson told The Associated Press.

Lee Mendelson headed a team that included “Peanuts” author Charles Schulz, director Bill Melendez, and pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi, whose music for the show, including the opening “Christmas Time Is Here,” has become as much a Christmas staple as the show itself.

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