Akron’s famous talking snowman returns to entertainnew generation. Christmas past re-created at O’Neil’s
‘Archie the Snowman’ advocate is Akron’s Father Christmas
Published: November 21, 2012 - 10:36 PM
| Updated: November 25, 2012 - 10:37 AM
By Jim Carney
Beacon Journal staff writer
Ra'ul Umana poses for a picture with Archie the Snowman in O' Neil's basement on Wednesday in Akron, Ohio. Umana, who was the creator and voice of the snowman, is working with volunteers to not only rebuild Archie but re-create the O' Neil's Christmas experience that featured large display windows along the front and sides of the massive store where seasonal displays were set up for viewing by the public. During the holiday season, large elaborate animated displays of elves in Santa's workshop, nutcrackers, teddy bears, trains and various toys played under Christmas trees. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
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