During his lengthy career, Burl Ives recorded hundreds of songs and played many notable characters.
But – at least for my generation — he’s perhaps best-known for playing Sam the Snowman, narrator of the stop-motion animated Christmas classic, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (which, coincidentally, is the longest-running TV special in history and first aired 50 years ago this month.)
I caught a bit of the program on television a few nights ago, and it reminded me of some photos of Mr. Ives I discovered in my grandmother’s photo album.
Turns out he was an avid yachtsman who, for many years, owned a home in the Aunt Pat’s Bay area of Hope Town. Funny that a man so famous for playing a snowman should winter in Abaco — which is about as far away from flurries and frost as one can get!
P.S. Can anyone identify the man with Mr. Ives in the above photo?