The man is John Denver. He appears out of the snow like a sedated, loving Jim Jones. Gaze into the bottomless abyss of Mr. Denver's giant aviator sunglasses. Let the warm comfort of eternity wash over you. This is John Denver’s Rocky Mountain Christmas.
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The special ends with the sun setting over the Rocky Mountains. A final performance surrounded by a warmly dressed and cozy audience.
But before that John Denver fights a bear. Yes, John Denver frolics through the snow; chasing, pouncing and wrestling a bear. Not a tiny little bear cub, but a five feet long adolescent black bear. The bear’s jaws clamp down on his gloved hand and Denver just grins like a soulless vessel. The bear actually begins to run from him, but Mr. Denver isn't finished. He catches the majestic animal and buries its face in the snow, laughing horribly. This is the ultimate insult. I felt like the bear while watching this special; upset to be in the presence of such evil, but helpless to do anything.