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AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS ON DVD-R ARE
THESE RARE AND MOST ENJOYABLE TV
SPECIALS FROM THE EARLY to mid-1980'S
.
VERY FEW
SEASONAL/CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS CAN BE
FOUND THAT
FEATURE EVERYONE'S HOLIDAY FAVORITE SINGERS:
ANDY WILLIAMS, JULIO IGLESIAS, LESLIE UGGAMS-
PAT BOONE, NATALIE COLE and young
Violinist MIDORI and MORE.
GET MORE INFO BY READING ON...

CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON
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This 100 minute program, in retrospect,
might be considered by some to be a
sentimental tribute to President and Mrs. RONALD
REAGAN.

. His presence at
Christmastime functions never failed to
impress with his affability, gentle humor,
sincerity and
genuine
interest.

His overt display of religious fervor as seen
and
spoken

here attests to his deep faith and in his belief
that children
are the future of the world.
Part
1: "CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON- 1983" (47 min)

Host is ANDY
WILLIAMS joined by guest performers JULIO IGLESIAS,
LESLIE UGAMS,
the SHILO BAPTIST CHOIR and Naval Academy Glee Club,
the St. Columba
Children's Choir and 12 year old violinist MIDORI.

Broadcaster Roger
Mudd
recalls comments some former Presidents
made about
Christmas time in Washington.

Alone, in duet or
all together, these entertainers raise their voices to
secular songs
of the Christmas season as well as in many of
the cherished traditional
Carols we all love.
Mrs. NANCY
REAGAN
follows
with some interesting historical facts on how
past Presidents in the
White House began
some of the celebratory traditions we value today.
Andy and Julio
sing 'White Christmas" while Andy and Leslie blend voices for
"The
Christmas Song". Julio, surrounded by children
delivers a warm homage to the
Christ
Child with 'Silent Night' in Spanish. Many other carols
follow in this varied and well balanced program.

The emphasis is
on children and they occupy much of the stage in this wonderful
concert.
As their special representative Andy introduces
12 year old MIDORI, virtuoso violinist
who plays a
stunningly difficult Caprice No. 1
by
Paganini
.

As only Andy
Williams can, his renditions of "Some Children" and
of
"O Holy Night"
thrill.
President
Reagan wonders why
Andy’s
voice has not yet been declared a National Tresure!

At the finale, the President and Mrs Reagan join the entertainers
on stage and after
delivering heartfelt thanks and
greetings, All sing
"Hark The Herald Angels Sing'.
Part
2: presents the Finale to the 1985 "Christmas In Washington"
-CAROLS (12 min.)

It's hosts were
PAT BOONE with NATALIE COLE along with reporter Tom
Brokaw.
Here also,
President Reagan and wife Nancy join the participants on stage
.
The
President begs an apology from Tom as he reads a
'headline story' from 1985 years ago-
the Gospel recounting the birth of
Christ.
THEY CERTAINLY DON'T MAKE WONDERFUL
CHRISTMAS
SPECIALS LIKE THESE ANY LONGER. .. FULL
OF
GREAT PERFORMERS with A HIGH MORAL
TONE.
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Part 3: ALSO INCLUDED IS THIS
SUPER
43 minute BONUS PROGRAM:
HOLLYWOOD SALUTES

RONALD REAGAN
A tribute by the Variety Clubs
International for his
contributions and
support to Children's Hospitals.

(Special from Dec.1985)

Frank Sinatra - Dean Martin
Steve and Eydie -
Vince Scully
Charleton Heston - Burt
Reynolds
Ben
Vereen - Emmanuel Lewis
and a glittering audience.
This warm, musical,
sentimental and humorous evening was to induct President RONALD
REAGAN an honoree into VARIETY CLUBS INTERNATIONAL. Their
charitable works include the financial support of
clinics and hospitals for sick children. Over the organisations
past 70 years, other honorees have included Elizabeth Taylor, John
Wayne, Burt Reynolds, James Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Lucille
Ball among others.This party was a genuine 'love-in', the
invited guests representing a broad spectrum of Hollywood stars and
sports celebrities. Familiar personalities seen at the
gathering include Fred MacMurray and June Haver, Merv Griffin,
Cliff Robertson, Red Skelton, James Stewart, Florence
Henderson, Rich Little, Alex Trebec, Angie Dickinson, Paul Williams
and many others.....
MC for the evening is FRANK SINATRA.
He renders a tender 'Have Yourself
A Merry Little Christmas'.
Performers who add to the glitter
include:
*DEAN MARTIN: jokes and has funny
lyrics to 'Mr Wonderful'
*STEVE LAWRENCE & EYDIE GORME:
A medley Of 'Patriotic American
Songs'.
*50 Member International Children's Chorus,
each member wearing his national
traditional costume sing : "Let There Be
Peace On Earth".
*BEN VEREEN and EMMANUEL LEWIS: a fantastic song
and tap routine
to symbolic anthem
"Hooray For Hollywood".
President Reagan's past history as an
actor as well as his involment in sports
are recalled. Sportswriter VINCE
SCULLY speaks of Reagans alma mater.
The club's President MONTY HALL pays tribute to
Reagan and dedicates The
University of Nebraska's Medical
Centre in his honour.
Entire cast and invited guests close this
wonderfully
joyful and sentimental evening with "Auld Lang
Syne".
In the company of Nancy and Maureen Reagan, and
many old Reagan friends from his Hollywood and
California days, his pleasure and joy are evident. Also
comforting are the reassuring words of thanks and gratitude
he expresses to the gathering. Sentimental to a tear,
really.
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Picture quality
for this rare collection rates an 8 to 9 of 10.
Mono Sound is very good.
DVD comes in
jewel case
with cover and
informative notes.
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