When I was a kid, the Andy Williams specials were really important to me. I still believed in the "magic" of Christmas.
It looked like my Christmas sans the singing.
As a kid I didn't clue into the stupid adult resentments.
So this period of my Christmas is special still.
I watched it on my PBS station tonight. I wish there was more Christmas special and less docu chit chat. Also, less of the Osmond Brothers. They always creeped me out. Williams had tons of guests besides them. I'd like to see an almost-marathon of Andy Williams Christmas specials with good guests.
Amazing that he was a huge liberal -- close friends with RFK, supporter of McGovern -- and ended up just another bitter old white guy who called Obama a Marxist and admired Rush Limbaugh
I got a kick out of the fact that his wife, Claudine Longet, murdered her lover and the Christmas shows went on like nothing untoward had ever happened.
I loved watching the Andy Williams Christmas Show when I was growing up.
Unlike the OP, the show did not look like my Christmases, sans singing. It looked like an idealized and, in hindsight, mostly unattainable version of what Christmas could be like. But, the fantasy was the part that made it so enjoyable.
I recall that we would wrap Christmas presents while watching this show.
I remember him as a kid. People now don't get just how popular he was at the time.
R1, Williams was a Republican who supported RFK because they were personal friends. He did not support McGovern or any other Dem after Kennedy. Please.
I think he was fucking Ethel, and that was how he got to be "friends" with Bobby.
[quote] got a kick out of the fact that his wife, Claudine Longet, murdered her lover and the Christmas shows went on like nothing untoward had ever happened.
She was his ex-wife, not his wife. They'd been separated for two years, then divorced and the shooting took place a year after their divorce.
She wasn't on any of the specials after they divorced and Andy Williams never shot anybody, so why should he have to stop making Christmas shows?
The Williams' friendship with Ethel Kennedy endured, with Williams even serving as escort to Ethel during events in the 1970s. He also raised funds for George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, performing at benefit concerts On the morning of October 21, 2012, McGovern died at age 90 just four weeks after Williams died.
It was *years later* that Williams claimed he was a lifelong Republican.
Whatever. I'll never look at him the same.
What Christmas songs have you ruined R1 and R8?
I looked forward to both Andy Williams' and Perry Como's Xmas specials when I was a wee lad. Of course, I had to watch them on the tiny black and white TV in my room because nobody else in my family could stomach them.
"Oops! That skier has just been shot by Claudine Longet."
My parents were into the Andy Williams specials. I got jazzed for the kids' Christmas shows - Charlie Brown, Rudolph, The Year without a Santa Claus. They added to excitement that was building. What younger people don't understand is that we got to see these once a year. And only if we were good. I remember one year being sent to bed early the night Rudolph was on because I'd done something heinous and it was the worst punishment my parents could dole out.
I remember his awful special "Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search for Santa." Lisa Bonet, who was most likely forced to appear, was only in the opening and closing segments and she kept staring at Williams like she wanted to kill him.
r12: My parents did the same punishment with me and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" when I was in second grade.
Andy is kind of responsible for that holiday phenomenon of the family Christmas portrait in matching sweaters. Before Andy, people just wore their best clothes for the Christmas portrait.
I think Mormons probably still dress up in matching sweaters at Christmas. They think the Osmond Brothers invented it. The Osmonds were just following the Willams Brothers' example
The only Christmas record we had was a Firestone album. Someone must have given it to my parents because I know they would not have paid for such a frivolous thing.
I wonder why tire companies put out Christmas albums?
I enjoyed watching the shows back then. And I enjoyed watching the special tonight.I'm going to keep my rose colored glasses in place with this one and just celebrate my own memory.