Praise for The Story of Archie the Talking Snowman

“I can't believe how much information Joanna Wilson uncovered in her amazing book. Now if you excuse me, I'm going to purchase a plane ticket to Akron, Ohio…”
New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein, History of the Snowman

“Considering that Akron’s icons include giant floating gasbags, a rock band in flowerpot hats, and deep-fried sauerkraut, why not toss in a towering, slightly out-of-proportion snowman with flashing red eyes and a disembodied voice? Archie the Talking Snowman has done his part to keep Akron weird, and now Joanna Wilson has pitched in to tell his tale. Thank you, Joanna. Mr. Jingeling would be proud.”
—David Giffels, author of The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt

“Wilson is a true historian. This history of Christmas in Akron—and, really, Christmas in modern America—is the work of a dogged sleuth, determined journalist, and innovative researcher.”
—D. X. Ferris, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Best Reporter of the Year (2011)

Joanna Wilson recently joined podcaster Ed South to talk about Christmas TV entertainment on What's Your Favorite Movie? listen online:
Listen to "17: Joanna Wilson, author of "The Triple Dog Dare"" on Spreaker.
 
If your childhood Christmas memories include visiting a twenty-foot-tall talking snowman with flashing red eyes, then you undoubtedly grew up in Akron, Ohio.

The Story of Archie the Snowman is the story of the people who helped make Archie more than just a store Christmas attraction.

It’s also the surprising story of Akron’s hundred-year history of elegant, extravagant, and occasionally plain weird retail Christmas attractions—from the enchanting downtown windows of O’Neil’s and Polsky’s, to talking Christmas trees, trained animal acts, and Santa arriving by satellite. It’s the fascinating context for how and why Archie came to be.