December 6, 2023
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" debuts on NBC (1964)
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
The Rankin/Bass animated television classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” debuted on NBC on this date in 1964. Burl Ives gave an iconic performance in the film as Sam the Snowman, with many of the songs he sang in the film becoming Christmas standards. Sam, Rudolph, Yukon Cornelius, Hermey the misfit elf and several other characters became honorary citizens of Anacortes a couple of decades later, when the folk singer moved here and commissioned Eddie Strivens of Anacortes to paint a set of large mural cutouts of them. They were displayed in front of the Oakes Avenue home he shared with his wife Dorothy during the holidays for many years, but now make their holiday appearances at the Anacortes Museum.