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 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.
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.
Swackett remembers Magnum, P.I. — an American television series that ran from 1980 to 1988 starring Tom Selleck. Tom played Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series was rebooted in 2018 with Jay Hernandez playing the lead role. (first original episode December 11th, 1980)
Swackett remembers John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE; an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles, the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of popular music. (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980)