Dec. 18, 2009: Christmas 1978

There are 17 additions today, from December 1978 and January 1979, including ads for 13 Christmas specials. The ABC gallery has one for Rudolph's Shiny New Year, one for The Honeymooners Christmas Special, one for Frosty's Winter Wonderland & Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey and one for Perry Como's Early American Christmas & Merry Christmas from the Grand Ole Opry. The CBS gallery has one for A Special Sesame Street Christmas, one for Bing Crosby -- The Christmas Years & The Johnny Cash Christmas Show, one for "A Christmas to Remember" with Eva Marie Saint & Jason Robards and one for George Burns' 100th Birthday Party (on his 83rd). The NBC gallery has one for a Mac Davis special, Christmas Odyssey 2010, one for The Stingiest Man in Town (A Christmas ghost story) and a full-page ad for the premieres of daytime shows All Star Secrets (Phyllis Diller, Bob Eubanks & McLean Stevenson) and Password Plus (Elizabeth Montgomery, Allen Ludden & Robert Foxworth). The PBS gallery has one for Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (shown five days before the CBS special) and the Random Pages gallery has a TV Guide page from Monday 12/18/78. It has listings for late afternoon and early evening shows and a 'vital statistic' showing that NBC had 217 stations, ABC had 205 and CBS had 203. The channel 2 gallery has two more for The Mike Douglas Show, one with Carroll O'Connor (misspelled O'Conner) and one with Jamie Lyn Bauer & John McCook The channel 50 gallery has one for Red Wings - Flyers game and the channel 50 movie gallery has one for "The Wrong Box" with Peter Sellers. More from January and February 1979 are on the way... There are now 99 Holiday Ads all in one place here.