Jimmy Stewart, the Abominable Snowman, and Christmas


Fun to revisit this post each Christmas season and each time some new yeti news comes out!

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I’ve long been a fan of the actor James “Jimmy” Stewart.  He was a handsome everyman, homespun yet sophisticated, scrawny yet tough.  He did it all from comic pratfalls to Hitchcockian suspense to dusty Westerns.  He also famously ate himself into a stupor to make weight so that he could enlist in the US Air Force during WW2.  He flew 20 combat missions and ultimately retired at the rank of Brigadier General.  Jimmy wasn’t just a great actor, he was a true patriot and one of thousands of American heroes in whom we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude.

But that story is for another time.  This one is Christmas-themed: At this time of year, it is a singular pleasure in our home to invest a couple of hours reveling in arguably Stewart’s most iconic role: George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life. (Plus I get to look…

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