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Christmas Covers, Vol. 3

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Jon’s Random Acts of Geekery is also counting down Christmas covers each day. Here’s a Frosty one!

  1. From Wikipedia…
    In 1972, Walter Rollins admitted in an interview with Life magazine that initially the concept of Frosty the Snowman was written as a cautionary tale pertaining to the scare of “nuclear winter” and initially it was said that nuclear fallout mixed with the snow and children’s dreams of a world without war were what brought Frosty to life, but the publishers and Gene Autry thought that the song would have more commercial value as a children’s Christmas song.

    This, back in 1950. Sound familiar?

  2. Hmmm… I would feel better if the story were confirmed somewhere outside of Wikipedia.

    On the other hand, it does give new meaning to the phrase, “Let’s run and… have some fun… before I melt away….”

  3. Well, if you really want to research it, Life Magazine in 1972 was nearing the end of it’s first run. Shouldn’t be too hard to locate the article in question… just look through the December issues.

    (And Mr. Knutson… who drew those wonderful covers on your website?)

  4. “In 1972, Walter Rollins admitted in an interview with Life magazine that initially the concept of Frosty the Snowman was written as a cautionary tale pertaining to the scare of ‘nuclear winter’ …”

    Sounds like the origin story for Ultimate Frosty.

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