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20 December 2005 - 12:00am
Here's Jim Anderson's radio story from today's newscast on WBDC-FM:
One just never knows when one might meet one of Santa's Helpers...and at the Vigo County School Corporation, there is a Hoosier Prairie fifth grader who will think twice before he starts to spread unfounded rumors about Santa Claus...and he'll probably think once more before believing his own story...now that he has the facts.
The older student decided it was time to tell a first grader at the school's after-hours program...well, he was going to tell him that there is no Santa Claus.
That was indeed his plan, but a supervisor at the after-school program interceded and warned him to be careful about the "knowledge" he was about to share...
While everyone may believe as they choose, Julie Anderson explained to students that she not only believed in Santa -- she actually worked with Santa Claus!
Anderson spent her last nine summers at Holiday World, earning money for college and was well prepared for the questions that followed...after all, one summer she personally escorted Santa out in the park.
So exactly how did she know he was Santa Claus?
What proof did she have?
Well, apparently Santa is ready for Indiana's new Voter Identification Program, because right there on the Jolly Elf's driver's license is his name, Santa Claus.
That name is also featured on his check book and his credit cards.
So believe as you will, but don't be surprised if Santa has picked up another believer at the Hoosier Prairie Elementary School.
You might notice the supervisor in the story has the same last name as the news director. Julie is indeed Jim's daughter.
And there's no doubt that she will forever be listed in Santa's "Good Girls" book.
6 December 2005 - 12:00am
Thought you'd get a kick out of this, from my pal Mike in Louisville:
I had just turned off the lights last night and I said, "Five months from tomorrow!"
I thought my wife, Michelle, was asleep but she was not. She asked me what I was talking about.
I told her Holiday World opens for the 2006 season then.
She chuckled and said when she heard me she thought about our anniversary, no that did not fit, her birthday, close but no fit. But of course, it is December, I am just going to bed after a long day, I am in my warm bed with my lovely wife and I am thinking of Holiday World and the premiere of The Voyage.
I think she is jealous.
5 December 2005 - 12:00am
I just looked out the door and said the following to Rick:
Good night, Nellie! How much snow are we supposed to get?
(No, Rick wasn't trying to be funny. And yes, I really do say goofy things like "Good night, Nellie" and "Sweet mother of pearl.")
It's not in the forecast, but we're getting a lovely, heavy snowfall this morning.
Happy Saint Nicholas Day!
I'll be sure to dial up and push the button for the webcam's windshield wiper several times today.
Meanwhile, weather will be the topic this evening when Will does a phone interview with the folks at Severe Weather Central. One of the hosts for the weekly online program is a coaster enthusiast (a remarkable coincidence); he thought it would be fun to talk with Will about weather, how it affects the operation of a theme and water park, and...maybe, The Voyage. If there's time.
(Sorry, this interview is no longer available online.)
And if you hear Christmas music in the background when Will is speaking, it means our high school band concert is running long and he's in the hallway outside the auditorium.
Yuletide multi-tasking is a useful skill.