One of radio's classics,
"Lum and Abner's Traditional Christmas Story" made its
debut in 1933 and was so well-received it was
performed in one form or another each year Lum and
Abner was on the air. A generic Keystone recording
is the one most listeners know today, and it has been
aired annually for decades.
The NLAS published its first Christmas issue in 1984.
The art for the cover was an illustration based on the
Christmas program. "Uncle Donnie" Pitchford took
advantage of a graduate art class and sized an
assigned intaglio print to the proportions required by
There were articles printed in the Jot 'Em Down
Journal about the famous radio episode over the next
couple of years, but in 1986 Tim Hollis decided to try an
experiment. He crafted a short story adaptation of the
script and asked "Uncle Donnie" to provide
illustrations. The final printed version inspired both
high praise and harsh criticism! The intent was to pay
tribute to the original and offer an extension of the
Theatre of the Mind perceptions of both adapter and
illustrator with credit given to the original writers and
So! Merry Christmas to you, as we offer our 2010 gift,
a reformatted-for-Internet version of "our take" on
"Lum and Abner's Traditional Christmas Story!" If you
would like to comment (and we invite you!), please
send us some "Mail Hack Mail Sack" notes.
- "Uncle Donnie" Pitchford
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