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A Very Amar'e Christmas

MSG is showing a marathon of 60-minute versions of Amar'e Stoudemire's nine consecutive 30-point games beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

At least it's an alternative to yet another viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life" or, for those of you of the Jewish faith, another order of Kung Pao chicken in a crowded restaurant.

Oh, heck, I'm just kidding. Of course I'll be spending the evening with George and Mary Bailey. Sorry, Amar'e.

My history with the movie is a little unusual. I never had heard of it until the summer of 1977, when my aunt Caroline, a hairdresser for Marlo Thomas, invited my mother and sisters to California during the filming of a TV movie called "It Happened One Christmas."

They visited the set as Ms. Thomas worked in the starring role in a remake of a long-ago classic that at the time was not often seen on television.

So I watched the new version that December, which got bad reviews but good ratings. It even was reshown the following two Christmas seasons.

Naturally, the remake got me curious about the original, which turned out to be many thousands of times better. Other people apparently had the same experience, because by the mid-1980s "It's a Wonderful Life" had become a holiday-time movie staple.

It remains so today - although it is shown less often since a mid-1990s legal decision resolved muddled copyright issues - even as the 1977 remake mostly has faded from memory.

That is all. Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.


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