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Lum and Abner in a traditional Christmas story

By: 13 December 2010 One Comment

Donnie Pitchford of the National Lum and Abner Society sent over an email advising First Arkansas News that his group is sharing a Christmas present with visitors to his site.

Before getting into that, let me present a little background. One of the earliest (and most popular) stories on this site is all about the history and impact of Lum and Abner — a comedy team from Arkansas that produced an old time radio program that was set in this state in a little town called Pine Ridge. Want to read that story? Sure you do! You’ll find it here.

Pitchford, a Lum and Abner fan and accomplished Lum and Abner historian, was instrumental in putting that story together. Pitchford’s kept up with First Arkansas News since we visited in April and regularly lets us know about the cool stuff his group is doing.

The Christmas present I mentioned is an illustrated adaptation of a traditional Christmas story that was rerun on the Lum and Abner program annually for years. Pitchford’s group took the script from the program, supplied some illustrations and posted the whole thing as a short story.

The whole project comes across as a labor of love. The original Lum and Abner script was written by Chet Lauck and Tuffy Goff (of course). Pitchford supplied the illustrations for the update while Tim Hollis adapted the script into a short story format. You can enjoy the whole package by clicking here.

Thanks, as always, for keeping us in the loop, Donnie. We appreciate it.

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