Swackett spotlight on A Christmas Carol — a novella by English author Charles Dickens that tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. (first published December 19, 1843)
Swackett salutes Tim Reid; Timothy Lee Reid is an American actor and film director best known for his roles in prime time American television programs, such as Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati. (Born December 19)
Swackett salutes Pope Francis — the supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III (Born December 17)
Swackett salutes Home Alone; a 1990 American Christmas comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for Christmas vacation in France over the holiday season. Kevin initially relishes being home alone, but soon has to contend with two burglars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The film also features John Heard and Catherine O’Hara as Kevin’s parents.
Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh are Swackett’s Peeps of the Day!
Pictured here in Gone With the Wind — an epic historical romance film set in the American South against the backdrop of the American Civil War. Gone With the Wind went on to win the Best Picture Oscar in 1940. (Released December 15, 1939)
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are Swackett’s Peeps of the Day!
Swackett spotlight on Saving Mr. Banks — a film about author P. L. Travers — has she reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins. (Released December 13, 2013)
This half-length portrait painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci that has been described as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.