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Thursday Throwback: It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

With October here I wanted to bring back a couple of our Halloween themed episodes from 2020.

This week, I’m taking you back to our episode all about It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.   In 2020, TV viewers no longer could watch this yearly tradition on network TV as it was only available on Apple TV+. Fans were not happy about this change in tradition.  This year, the show is still available on Apple TV+ for subscribers but it can also be seen back on network television, this time on PBS.  The special is scheduled to air on PBS and PBS Kids at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 24.

I hope you enjoy listening to this episode whether it’s your first time or you’ve already heard it. Thanks for listening.

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Horror Movie Trivia

In this Halloween episode of Trivia Rewind I’m talking scary movies!  I bet at least one of the movies on the list kept you up at night after watching it.  It’s that time of year to dredge up these classics and talk trivia. 

When you think of horror movies, what movies come to mind? Many popular horror movies were adaptations from Stephen King novels. A few of the movies I’ll talk about this week are ones he is famously known for. This New York Times best selling author has been scaring people for years through his books and the successful films that have been adaptations from them. Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine. King graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in English. Horror wasn’t his only genre. Did you know that he wrote the book that the Academy Award nominated movie The Shawshank Redemption was based on?

Then there’s Stephen Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and others that had their hand in the horror movie genre.

In this episode, I’ll give you ten trivia questions about horror movies. (One of the movies I discuss is more of a supernatural comedy just to lighten the mood a little.) After the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts. In our fun facts segment, find out which director named the villain of his movie after the bully that beat him up in school.  Find out which movie one critic described as a “Blatant exploitation of the lowest order.”  After this episode, you may never look at a plastic bottle of chocolate syrup the same again. 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind!

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SPOILER ALERT! Trivia Rewind – Horror Movie Trivia

Debi Jenkins 0:01
Welcome to this episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this Halloween episode, we’re talking scary movies. I bet at least one of the movies on the list kept you up at night after watching it. While I’m not the biggest fan of this genre of movies, this is the time of year to dredge up these classics and talk trivia.

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In our fun facts segment. Find out which director named the villain of his movie after the bully that beat him up at school. Find out which movie one critic described as a blatant exploitation of the lowest order. Before we get to the questions I’ll review how this works. First, I’ll ask you 10 questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some interesting facts about each movie. Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

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Question one. In the 1980 psychological horror film The Shining, Wendy finds a huge stack of paper where Jack has typed one phrase over and over. What was that phrase?

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Question two. In the 1978 film Halloween, which actress made her film debut as character Laurie Strode?

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Question three. In the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, what is it that powers Freddy Krueger, something Nancy realizes near the end of the movie?

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Question four. In the 1989 movie Pet Cemetery, what is the name of Ellie’s cat that was run over on the highway?

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Question five. In the 1988 movie Child’s Play, what is Chucky’s catchphrase?

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Question six. In the 1982 Steven Spielberg movie Poltergeist, what line does the character Carol Anne say after an earthquake shakes their home during the night?

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Question seven. In the 1980 film Friday the 13th, how does the young boy named Jason die?

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Question eight. In then 1990 thriller Misery, what is the character Paul Sheldon forced to do when held captive?

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Question nine. A not quite so scary movie but in the 1984 film Ghostbusters, the main characters convert a car and name it what?

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And question 10. In the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho, who does Norman Bates blame for the murders he is accused of?

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Those are our questions. Let’s go back and review. I’ll give you the answers and the fun facts. Question one. In the 1980 psychological horror film The Shining, Wendy finds a huge stack of paper where Jack has typed one phrase over and over. What was that phrase? That phrase was “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The Shining is based on a novel by the same name written by Stephen King. Shelley Duvall plays the role of Wendy and Jack Nicholson plays the role of Jack Torrance. Jack Nicholson improvised one of the popular lines in this movie. The “here’s Johnny” line was famously known for being said by Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Jack Nicholson’s use of the line landed it on the American Film Institute’s list of Top 100 movie quotes. And here’s a questionable parenting move. The young actor Danny Lloyd who played the role of Danny Torrance, well, he wasn’t told he was working on a horror film. He was told by the director that they were filming a drama. Danny Lloyd didn’t see The Shining until he was 16. That’s probably a good thing.

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Question two. In the 1978 film Halloween, which actress made her film debut as character Laurie Strode? That actress is Jamie Lee Curtis. Jamie Lee Curtis’ mother Janet Lee, was one of the stars of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The family tradition continued in this movie when Jamie Lee Curtis joined the scary movie ranks. This was an independent feature, and Jamie Lee Curtis was an unknown actress at the time. She was only paid $8,000 for her role. If the low pay wasn’t bad enough, most of the actors had to buy their own costumes for the movie. Supposedly, she bought all of her costumes for a whopping $100. Not a bad day of bargain shopping.

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Question three. In the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, what is it that powers Freddy Krueger, something Nancy realizes near the end of the movie? Well, Freddy is powered by the victim’s fear. Did you know that Johnny Depp had his film debut playing character Glenn Lance in this film? Wes Craven, the writer and director of the movie based this movie on some of his childhood experiences. Guess what the name of the school bully was that once beat up Craven? Yep. Freddie. You never know what your actions may one day inspire. So be nice.

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Question four. In the 1989 movie Pet Cemetery, what is the name of Ellie’s cat that was run over on the highway? The cat’s name was Church. The breed of cat that portrayed Church was a British Blue Cat. In an interview with Cinema Blend, the director Mary Lambert explains that they had to use a lot of cats in the movie. Everyone knows you can’t train a cat so no one cat was going to get the job done. Pet Cemetery was based on Stephen King’s book by the same name. Surprisingly, it was based on real events in his life including his daughter’s dead cat and an actual Pet Cemetery. In addition to being the author of the book, Stephen King was the screenwriter for the movie.

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Question five. In the 1988 movie, Child’s Play, what is Chucky’s catchphrase? The answer is “Hi, I’m Chucky your friend till the end.” Remember the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 80s? Well, Don Mancini the creator of Chucky had those dolls in mind when coming up with this movie. In an article on Mental Floss he said “I wanted to write a dark satire about how marketing affected children.” Well in the 80s it was nightmarish watching grown adults get into fights at the store over those ugly dolls. Speaking of dolls, there was no CGI used when filming Child’s Play. The Chucky doll who was an animatronic puppet in most of the scenes, it had to be controlled by eleven people. People couldn’t get enough Chucky. After the 1988 movie there were six sequels and a remake. If that’s not enough, supposedly a TV series is in the works.

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Question six. In the 1982 Steven Spielberg movie Poltergeist, what line does the character Carol Ann say after an earthquake shakes their home during the night? She says “they’re here.” Heather O’Rourke, the young actress that played Carol Anne, well she was discovered by Steven Spielberg while eating at a restaurant on the MGM studio lot. He saw Heather having lunch with her mom and thought the little girl looked perfect for the role and offered her the job right on the spot. Sadly, Heather O’Rourke died at the age of 12 from complications of internal stenosis. Poltergeist was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Visual Effects. It lost to Spielberg’s other nominated movie E.T.

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Question seven. In the 1980 film Friday the 13th, how does the young boy named Jason die? The answer is… Jason drowns while at a summer camp. In the first movie, Jason didn’t really have much of a role. In the second film he wore a bag over his head. It wasn’t until the third movie that he donned the hockey mask he’s so famously known for. One popular actor had his big screen debut in this movie. Kevin Bacon appeared in Friday the 13th as the character Jack. In a review seen in The Hollywood Reporter in 1980, the movie was described as blatant exploitation of the lowest order, and the critic said, “there is nothing to recommend about this ghastly effort.” Movie critic Gene Siskel took it even farther, and called the director Sean Cunningham one of the most despicable creatures ever to infest the movie business.

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Question eight. In the 1990 thriller Misery, what is the character Paul Sheldon forced to do when held captive? He was forced to write a novel. Do you remember the name of the new novel? It was titled Misery’s Return. In the film James Caan plays novelist Paul Sheldon. The person holding him captive is a character named Annie Wilkes, who is played by actress Kathy Bates. Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her performance in this film. The movie Misery was based on a Stephen King novel of the same name. In the American Film Institute’s 100 years 100 Heroes and Villains, character Annie Wilkes comes in number 17 on the villains list.

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Question nine. In the not so scary 1984 film Ghostbusters, the main characters convert a car and name it what? It’s called the Ectomobile or Ecto-1. The license plate of the converted car says Ecto-1. The Ectomobile was a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura Duplex. The car was so popular Hot Wheels made a die cast version. Ghostbusters arrived in theaters the same weekend as the movie Gremlins. A few weeks later, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was released. When it was all said and done, Ghostbusters was the second highest grossing film of the year right behind Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. If you were around in 1984, you may have found yourself singing the song Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. That song made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back on August 11, 1984. Ghostbusters was nominated for two Academy Awards. This is definitely one of the tamer movies on this week’s list.

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And question 10. In the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho, who does Norman Bates blame for the murders he is accused of? Well, Norman blames his deceased mother. This is considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest movies. Do you know how they simulated the blood for the famous shower scene? It was Shasta brand chocolate syrup that came in a plastic squeeze bottle. Using the plastic squeeze bottle was revolutionary for 1960 according to makeup supervisor Jack Barron. Maybe they just splashed the chocolate on before. For a black and white movie blood doesn’t need to be red, so chocolate worked perfectly. Psycho was nominated for four Academy Awards. Actress Janet Lee won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. And speaking of Janet Lee, I mentioned earlier that she’s the mother of actress Jamie Lee Curtis who had her film debut in the horror film, John Carpenter’s Halloween.

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Well, that wraps up this ghastly episode of Trivia Rewind. You may never look at a plastic bottle of chocolate syrup the same again. Next time you squirt some on your ice cream or in your milk, think of the movie Psycho. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. And visit triviarewind.com to find links to both our Twitter and Instagram pages. Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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No More Great Pumpkin on Network TV?

Just add this to the #2020 list. One of October’s greatest TV traditions is going away…kind of. Ever since 1966 when It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown first aired on network television, you could count on seeing it every year on CBS until ABC bought the rights in 2001. There was just something special about watching it that one night it aired on TV each year.

Well it looks like someone has sold out. This is the first year that you will only be able to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on a streaming device. (Of course you can watch it on VHS or DVD but that’s not the same) In 2020, this beloved classic will only air on Apple TV+. Is this some marketing ploy to get more Apple TV subscribers? Probably. We’ve all fallen for those tactics before. Who hasn’t signed up for a free trial of a streaming app just to watch some special anticipated show?

Many fans are disappointed mostly because it’s a matter of principle. When traditions are frequently going by the wayside, little 25 minute pieces of enjoyment like this TV special mean more than most would think. Sure, how hard is it to get a free subscription to Apple TV and watch it that way? Well, not everyone has access to streaming devices so that cuts out a portion of the population.

With all that’s going on in the world, it seems like a mundane thing to complain about. But many, including myself just want a little piece of history to cling to. Can some things just stay the same?

If you’re a fan of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, come see what you remember about this beloved show and listen to the Trivia Rewind episode devoted to this iconic special. This Trivia Rewind episode was released the same day the change in venue news hit social media.

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It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

When October hits so does a major childhood memory. Back when we didn’t have cable TV or streaming devices, we had to wait an entire year for our favorite TV specials to air. One of those specials was It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. In this episode of Trivia Rewind we’re talking about this classic Halloween television tradition.  There’s just something special about the anticipation of watching it live on TV. 

The show was created in 1966 and aired on the CBS network. In 2001 ABC picked up the rights and continued the annual tradition.  All our trivia questions this week will revolve around the Great Pumpkin TV special.  In our Fun Facts, find out why kids nationwide were sympathetic towards Charlie Brown and what they mailed to the studio.  Find out which US president said he identified with Charlie Brown.  Plus find out which of the voice actors spent time in jail and what he said about Charlie Brown fans.

Do you have a special memory from watching this special? Share your memory on the Trivia Rewind Instagram page.

You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind!

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SPOILER ALERT! Trivia Rewind – It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Trivia

Debi Jenkins 0:04
Hello trivia rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins your host. Well, it’s that time of year when we wait for the Halloween television classic It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, we are talking about this classic TV tradition. If you’ve been around a few decades, you know that every October It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown airs on network television. There’s just something special about the anticipation of watching it live on TV. The show was created in 1966 and aired on the CBS network. In 2001 ABC picked up the rights and continued the annual tradition. All of our trivia questions this week will revolve around the Great Pumpkin TV special. There will be some interesting fun facts. Find out why kids nationwide were sympathetic towards Charlie Brown and what they mailed to the television studio. You’ll even find out which US President said he identified with Charlie Brown.

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But before we get to the questions, here’s a quick review of how Trivia Rewind works. First, I’ll ask you 10 questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about the show. Are you ready to play Trivia Rewind?

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Here’s question one. Which Peanuts character was the only one to believe in the Great Pumpkin?

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Question two. When Lucy bobbed for apples at Violet’s Halloween party, who did she accidentally touch lips with?

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Question three. While several of the kids dressed up as ghosts for Halloween, what did Lucy dress up as?

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Question four. What does Snoopy dress up as for Halloween?

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Question five. While the other kids got handfuls of candy, what did Charlie Brown keep getting in his bag while trick-or-treating?

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Question six. When the character Schroeder plays the piano, which character leaves Violet’s party crying?

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Question seven. Which character skips out on the trick-or-treating and the other Halloween festivities to wait with Linus at the pumpkin patch?

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Question eight. When Linus sees a shadowy figure at the pumpkin patch he thinks it’s the Great Pumpkin. Who was it really?

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Question nine. What item does Lucy yank away from Charlie Brown? Something that becomes one of her signature moves.

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And question 10. During the Halloween party, some of the girls asked Charlie Brown to model for them. He feels flattered until he finds out that they want him to model what?

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Well, those are the 10 questions. Let’s go back and I’ll give you the answers and the fun facts.

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Question one. Which Peanuts character was the only one to believe in the Great Pumpkin? That was Linus. Linus believed that every year the Great Pumpkin would bring toys to believing children…Kind of like a spin-off from Santa Claus. In the television special Linus is seen writing a letter to the Great Pumpkin. Do you remember how he was able to get the mailbox open so he could drop his letter in? He used his blanket like a lasso to pull down the mailbox handle. This was the second holiday themed Peanuts special. It was 25 minutes long. The first Peanuts holiday special was A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Christmas special ended up being so popular that 45% of homes were watching it when it debuted. TV executives were hoping to have another blockbuster with It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and they did. One of the producers and the director of the special was Bill Melendez. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz only trusted Melendez to direct the specials. Melendez worked on every single Peanuts special.

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Question two. When Lucy bobbed for apples at Violet’s Halloween party, who did she accidentally touch lips with? That with Snoopy. Lucy yells out “Yuck, my lips touched dog lips.” Somehow Snoopy had snuck into the apple bobbing tank. In the show Charlie Brown was very excited to get an invitation to Violet’s party. He said this was the first time he was ever invited to a party. Lucy had to go and ruin it by telling him he must have been on the wrong list…the list of who not to invite to the party. She was such a bully. The actor that provided the voice for Charlie Brown was named Peter Robbins. As an adult, he spent some time in jail for making criminal threats against people. In an article with a Fox TV station, he revealed that he suffered from bipolar disorder and urged people who have that disorder to seek help. He is quoted as saying Charlie Brown fans are the greatest fans in the world.

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Question three. While several of the kids dressed up as ghosts for Halloween, what did Lucy dress up as? Lucy dressed up as a witch? Well, how fitting was that? Charlie Brown went a little overboard with the scissors on his ghost costume. It’s easy to pick him out of the crowd. Here’s a fun fact. There is a continuity mistake regarding Charlie Brown’s costume. In the scene when the group is about to go trick-or-treating, there’s one point when Charlie Brown shows his costume full of holes and admits he had a little trouble with the scissors. Then he is seen holding the door for Snoopy and his costume only has two holes. Then once outside his costume is back to having multiple holes. Next time you watch see if you can find the mistake.

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Question four. What does Snoopy dress up as for Halloween? Snoopy dresses up as a World War I flying ace. This was the first time on TV that Snoopy was seen as the flying ace. In a Washington Post article, Executive Producer Lee Mendelson says this animated scene was one of the most memorable ever. NASA really got on board with this side of Snoopy. The crew of the Apollo 10 mission took a painting of Snoopy as the flying ace into space with them as a good luck charm. They actually used the picture to calibrate their cameras. Those cameras recorded the first color TV feeds that were sent from space back down to Earth. The 1969 Apollo 10 astronauts actually named their lunar module Snoopy and the Apollo Command Module was named Charlie Brown.

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Question five. While the other kids got handfuls of candy, what did Charlie Brown keep getting in his bag while trick-or-treating? Well, he got rocks. Have you ever wondered why he got rocks? Not only are his friends mean to him, the adults in his neighborhood are too. Poor kid. Lee Mendelson, one of the producers said that he didn’t really like the idea of the rocks but Charles Schulz and Bill Melendez really wanted to do it. He said Schulz saw it as a lesson for kids in showing that you’ll survive if you don’t get what you want. A lot of kids felt sorry for Charlie Brown because he was given rocks in his trick-or -treat bag. Kids from around the United States actually mailed candy to the TV studio addressed to Charlie Brown. I’m still trying to figure out how they’d give that candy to a cartoon character but it’s the thought that counts. If anything, maybe all the meanness towards Charlie Brown taught kids to be empathetic.

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Question six. When the character Schroeder plays the piano, which character leaves Violet’s party crying? That would be Snoopy. Schroeder was playing World War I songs and they got the best of Snoopy. It was too much for him and he had to leave. A drawing of Charles Schulz’s dog was the first item that Schulz ever had published. He was 15 years old. That dog was Charles Schulz’s his inspiration for the character Snoopy. Snoopy even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, right next to Charles Schulz’s star.

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Question seven. Which character skips out on the trick-or-treating and the other Halloween festivities to wait with Linus at the pumpkin patch? The answer is Sally. Sally had quite the crush on Linus so of course she would stay back with him. However, later she was bitter that she missed out on the fun and Linus got quite the earful. Kathy Steinberg, the little girl that did the voice of Sally, she had a close call during the making of this movie. Her tooth became loose and her mom panicked. If the tooth were to fall out, she would have a lisp. Her mother phoned the studio and they rushed her in to finish her lines. Guess when her tooth fell out? During her very last line.

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Question eight. When Linus sees a shadowy figure at the pumpkin patch, he thinks it’s the Great Pumpkin. Who was it really? Well, it was Snoopy. Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip, almost named the dog Sniffy had it not been for another comic strip already using that name. When he was a child Schulz had a dog named Spike who was the inspiration for his Snoopy character. While Snoopy doesn’t talk he does make noises. The director Bill Melendez provided those sounds for Snoopy in the television special.

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Question nine. What item does Lucy yank away from Charlie Brown, something that becomes one of her signature moves? Well, she yanks away a football. Poor Charlie Brown. Every time he attempted to kick that football, Lucy yanked it away from him. While the football yank was seen in the comic strip, the first time this antic was animated was on the It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown special. In a Southern Living article, it was noted that President Ronald Reagan once told Charles Schulz that he identified with the Charlie Brown character. Who would have thought that a leader of the free world would identify with a character like Charlie Brown.

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And question 10. During the Halloween party some of the girls asked Charlie Brown to model for them. He feels flattered until he finds out that they want him to model what? Well, they wanted him to model the back of his head. They use the back of his bald head as their model for drawing out how they want their jack-o-lantern to look. Of course this infuriates Charlie Brown, who as usual, is the butt of someone’s joke. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown was one of 45 specials that aired on TV. In 1967, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. An NBC show titled, Jack in the Beanstalk took the Emmy home instead.

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Well, that’s it for this week’s episode all about It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Come share your favorite memory of this TV special by posting on the Trivia Rewind website at triviarewind.com. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts, and visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links can be found at triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening, and I’ll be back next time for another episode of Trivia Rewind.

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