Sep
30

Interview with Sally Dryer the voice of Violet in A Charlie Brown Christmas {Giveaway}

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As I mentioned last month, I’m a Peanuts Ambassador and as part of this program, we get to interview people involved with the Peanuts series.  Last month we interviewed Jill Schultz and this month was Sally Dryer the voice of Violet in A Charlie Brown Christmas..

What was it like for you to to do this as your first job?

Yes, my first job at age 8! It was unknown at that point, an experiment. Lee Mendelson had approached Charles Schulz for years to do an animated special, and Schulz always said no. Finally, he said, “I’ll do it, but it has to be real kids’ voices.” For me, it was a fun way to get out of school. We didn’t know what it become, for sure!

Can you describe the process of how they recorded your voices?

There were a group of kids in Southern California: the boy who played Linus, Peter Robbins [Charlie Brown], and the original Lucy were in Los Angeles, where they recorded with Bill Melendez. Lee Mendelson recorded with us in San Francisco at a studio on Van Ness Ave.

They’d record us one at a time: Lee Mendelson would say a line to us, and we’d repeat it. We’d try to repeat with inflections he gave us. Sometimes we’d hit it on the first try, and other times we’d have to go over and over and over again.

I remember when we were recording the Great Pumpkin, the girl who played Sally spent hours trying to say “You owe me restitution!”

The miracle was done with editing. They’d use the lines they wanted and assemble it all.

I think we went to studio 3 or 4 times. There were some group lines, like “You blockhead, Charlie Brown,” that we did as a group. We’d have to make 3 or 4 attempts.

Were you excited to be cast as Lucy?

It was a good thing. I had no idea how bratty my voice was, but all my neighbors were like, “Oh yeah, she’s Lucy all right!”  The neighborhood knew before I did!

Lucy was more fun to play. You get to say what you think!  She’s such a smart aleck. You get to really embrace that crabby person within you and it’s okay.

Do you have any favorite anecdotes from the recording sessions?

I suppose one of my favorites was when we were all sitting as a group, having lunch at The Hippo, which was a hamburger joint. They were trying to figure out who to cast as Peppermint Patty. One of the daughters of a producer spoke up and said, “Please pass the salt.” Lee Mendelson said, “That’s it!” She had a wonderfully raspy voice. That’s about how free-form it was.

My sister worked for Lee Mendelson, and one Christmas he called the house and said, “I’m here with Lee Guaraldi and we’re trying to write the lyrics for ‘Christmastime Is Here.’ What represents Christmas to you?” We were all sitting around the table offering ideas: happiness, cheer, fun for all. So I feel that in some ways my family contributed to the creation of that song.

Jefferson Airplane was recording in the studio when we were, and they were more excited to meet us than we were to meet them! But I think we were pretty tickled.

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What did you think of finished shows?

It was pretty abstract. I remember my sister worked so hard in helping to produce them, I think we critiqued them more based on that.  Hearing your voice, you think, “I don’t sound like that.” I was disconnected to it, really.

What did you get paid?

I got paid a whopping $100 per show!  It was the 60s and an unknown thing. My mother’s philosophy was, “Whatever—just have fun.” That’s what it was about. I occasionally get residuals, sometimes 9 dollars and 33 cents, sometimes a couple hundred dollars.  I had to put it in a college fund. Fortunately, I went to a state school in California!

Were you a celebrity among your friends?

I think so, but it was so short-lived. As teens, we didn’t watch it at all. I was kind of mortified to be that cranky girl. But I don’t have that problem anymore.  Now I love it.

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Did you ever meet Sparky?

Yes, I met him at least 4 times. We went up to Santa Rosa to do a photo shoot for a book called Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz. He was working on a strip at his drafting table, and he explained to me that he felt he had to do a term paper every day. He was a kind and gentle and soft-spoken, very impressive guy.

Do you watch the specials?

I watch occasionally if I happen to be home when they air.  It is funny – several years ago there were “Get Met” commercials, and I heard Lucy’s voice and thought, “That sounds a lot like me.” There was a period after our voices changed that the cast didn’t sound like the originals, and they had to get new actors to correct that.

Were you a fan of Peanuts before doing the series?

No, I didn’t know very much about it at all.  My mother read the comic strip in the San Francisco Chronicle, but I wasn’t familiar with it at all.

Do you have any insider info on the new movie?

No, I don’t know anything about it!  I guess I need to fish around a little bit.

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Is Lucy your favorite character?

Snoopy’s got to be my favorite character, really. I love Lucy’s frankness and willingness to say anything, but Snoopy’s the most entertaining thing ever.

Do you have any Peanuts memorabilia that’s special to you?

I have a whole display case of things that people have given me over the years and some cels that Charles Schulz signed to me.

Tell us about your store.

My partner and I live in Jerome, AZ, and run a store called Nellie Bly, selling art kaleidoscopes and art glass. We also sell the making-of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Great Pumpkin books in the store. The lady who runs the Christmas store down the street also sells the book, and she will say, “Hey, we’ve got Lucy right down the street!”  I’ll be in the middle of something completely normal, and then get a call that someone wants my autograph!

Do you ever find yourself using the dialogue in your real life?

Oh, absolutely—all the time! I work as a volunteer dog technician in an animal clinic, and I always say “Dog lips are not poison! No iodine! No ‘blecch’!”  I’ll find myself saying, “I got a rock!”  It’s always right there.

 

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Sep
29

Celebrate National Coffee Day with Seattle’s Best Coffee & Win a Keurig 2.0 {Giveaway} #GreatTaste

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This post is Sponsored by Seattle’s Best but my opinions are 100% my own!

Today is National Coffee Day and lots of coffee companies are celebrating the day, including Seattle’s Best.   I’ve never actually walked into a Seattle’s Best Coffee shop but yet I’ve had their coffee several times.  How?   At home!

Seattle’s Best packages coffee and sells it all over the US.  They have ground coffee and k-cups.   Speaking of k-cups… have you heard of the new Keurig 2.0?  It’s the newest machine on the market and it’s a huge upgrade to the way you make coffee at home.  Now with the Keurig 2.0 you can make 1 cup or 4 cups of coffee at once!

Seattle’s Best sent me a nice prize pack which included a Keurig 2.0, some Seattle’s Best k-cups and a k-cup carousel in honor of National Coffee Day.  So my first cup of the day is a Seattle’s Best k-cup.

At some point today I’m hoping to sit down with some of my girlfriends for a cup of coffee to celebrate the day.  I drink coffee every morning and then a couple of times through out the day.  Either at home or on the run.  Coffee is something I enjoy all the time – hot and cold.  The caffeine gives me a nice kick in the morning and then later in the afternoon I turn to decaf because I love a warm cup of coffee after dinner.

So today I’ll probably have several.

What are you doing today to celebrate National Coffee Day?  Tell me below and you can win a new Keurig 2.0 and other goodies from Seattle’s Best!

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(1) Koupon Karen reader will win a #GreatTaste gift pack (valued at $210) including the following items:

  • A brand new Keurig® 2.0 K350 Brewing System
  • A K-Cup carousel filled with Seattle’s Best Coffee House Blend K-Cups
  • A set of tumblers perfect for celebrating National Coffee Day with a friend

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Sep
29

Monday Giveaway Madness 9/29/2014

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It’s Monday again and time for another Monday Giveaway Madness! Check out the giveaways I currently have open and then click on over and list yours or find more!  Some of them end tonight!

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Sep
23

TeenyMates Series 3 NFL Collector Tin {Giveaway}

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NEW TeenyMates Series 3 NFL Collector Tin

The adorable TeenyMates are back and this time they have a really nice NFL Collector Tin that your kids are going to love.  You get 4 packs of the new Series 3 NFL TeenyMates (each pack including 2 TeenyMates and 2 puzzle pieces) plus a NFL standings stadium display for collectors to display their TeenyMates and rank them according to their real weekly NFL standings.    Plus you’ll also find inside a rare collectable glow-in-the-dark TeenyMate!
My girls love TeenyMates and they like to line up their Squinkies to watch the Football players play a game.

The Collector Tin sells for $19.99.

 

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Sep
22

Monday Giveaway Madness 9/22/2014

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It’s Monday again and time for another Monday Giveaway Madness! Check out the giveaways I currently have open and then click on over and list yours or find more!  Some of them end tonight!

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