Lee Mendelson was born in San Francisco, California, grew up in San Mateo, graduating from Stanford University in 1954, where he majored in English, he spent three years in the Air Force as a lieutenant, then worked several years a vegetable grower and shipper for his father, died on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, at age 86 after a long struggle with lung cancer.
He Added a Word to the Dictionary
“Christmas time is here, happiness and cheer, fun for all that children call, their favorite time of year.” , is the beginning words of Mendelson’s in the Show, the show went on to win both the Emmy and Peabody award, and was the first of over 40 animated Peanuts specials created by Mendelson, Meléndez and Schulz.
He Started His Own Production Company
In 1963 he made His first work, a documentary on San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays, “A Man Named Mays,” that became a hit television special on NBC.
He Has Produced Over 100 Television And Film Productions
Mendelson Productions who won a 12 Emmys and 4 Peabodys, as well as numerous Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar nominations in his long career.
He Sketched Out The Six Verses Of Song In 15 minutes
Mendelson was short on time in finding a lyricist for the song, so he write out the six verses himself on the backside of an envelope in abut 15 minutes, that he was told The Cincinnati Enquirer in 2000.
He Was Approached By The Coca-Cola Company
In 1965 The Coca-Cola Company asked him if they could producing an animated Christmas special for television, it went on to become perhaps the biggest holiday classic in television.
He Became Part Of Everybody’s Christmas Holidays
Mendelson was changed the face of the holidays and he got a huge initial audience and never lost them, It was just passed on from generation to generation.