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17 November 2008 - 3:38pm
Lots of folks assume we own Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.
But we're kin.
Will's younger brother Philip owns and operates Lake Rudolph, which just won a big award.
The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds name Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort the 2008/09 "National RV Park of the Year."
There's Philip in the middle, holding the award. That's Dave (marketing guy) on the left and Wayne (GM guy) on the right. They're flanked by the association president and chair.
This is also the 50th anniversary of the campground. Philip and Will's dad, Bill, got it all started half a century ago.
Here's a trip down memory lane, starting with a shot no doubt taken from Santa's sleigh:
17 November 2008 - 2:21pm
We occasionally hear from folks who collect Santa Claus Land memorabilia.
The one thing that galls her, though, is having to buy back something that was never for sale.
Case in point: the plates from the Christmas Dinning Room (seriously, next time you see her -- don't bring it up!).
This is a wonderful article about SCL memorabilia, but I think maybe the photo of the plates may be of some of the ... um, contraband.
15 November 2008 - 12:00am
Received a lovely compliment the other day during a podcast recording.
The editor of an industry magazine said something kind about how on-top-of the latest social-media technology we are.
I choked down a laugh-snort combination and tried to be gracious in saying thank you and protesting that my personal knowledge is of the enough-to-be-dangerous category.
And here we go again. This time it's Facebook.
Quite honestly, I'm of the generation that used phones that actually plugged into the wall and required dialing. Televisions which you had to actually get up off the couch and touch to change from ABC to NBC to CBS. (That's it kids. Just three networks.) And remember rolling car windows up and down? I recall seeing my first fax machine. Heck, I remember seeing my first color television.
That said, here is our first humble tip-toe into Facebook.
I know there are plenty of HoliBlog readers who will be generous (and gentle) with comments and advice.
14 November 2008 - 5:18pm
Kevin emailed us with this darling story earlier this week:
Earlier this evening my 18-month-old grandson and I were looking at the computer.
I opened the Holiblog page, and Owen pointed and recognized the picture of "Ha-d-dawg" and "Sorry Sam" (we will work on the "f" sound before next summer's trip).
He then pointed to the character on the left and asked, "Who dat?"
(Here's a photo of the little cutie.)
I am pretty good with my facts and stats on the park and love to annoy my family and friends with park trivia every time we visit, but for the life of me, I cannot remember the name of that big eagle. Can you please help so that Ha-d-dawg and Sorry Sam's friend will have a name the next time we visit the site?
Ah, Kevin. There's a story to this.
The eagle joined the Holiday World lineup long enough ago that Will's wife, Lori, was still our Director of Entertainment (she "retired" in 2000). So it was during the prior century...
Anyway, for some reason, the poor bird was not named.
If memory serves, this lasted for several years. Drove me nuts. (Have you seen the Jimmy Stewart movie Shenandoah? The mother dies in childbirth and the son is forever after called "Boy." Ruins the entire flick for me.)
Everyone needs a name. And not some generic "the eagle" moniker.
I brought up the concern at several meetings: "Um, what's the eagle's name?"
Some smart aleck always piped up, "The eagle." Everyone had a good chuckle and then we moved on to more pressing matters.
Well, one time, Will shrugged in reply and then challenged me to come up with a list of suggestions.
So I did. (He is my boss, after all...)
My favorite was a reflection of my Irish heritage: Bill O'Rights.
But a far simpler nod to the Father of Our Country was chosen instead: George.
And so, dear Owen, now you know.
Come to think of it, a fellow named George was also the Father of Our Company. The original parent company of Santa Claus Land was George Koch Sons (our founder, Louis J. Koch, was one of George Koch's sons). So George the Eagle may have done without a name for a few years, but he ended up carrying the proud name of two great men: George Washington and George Koch.
"Sorry Sam." Gosh, that's cute.
13 November 2008 - 2:45pm
That is, never did I dream there even was a magazine called Elevator World.
(Not that I'm one to disparage niche publications. As the former Big Cheese, er ... editor, of Pizza Today, I totally get the power of the trade press.)