And it’s a Sunday afternoon. Will passes along a call from two very excited local teachers.
They’ve got tickets to Letterman.
And they want “stuff” to take with them to New York.
Not being a late-night person, it took me a while to interpret their rather odd request.
I knew one of the teachers (best first-grade teacher ever!) and would come to know the other (best high-school English teacher ever!). Betsy and Elaine were Letterman fans of the highest order. And they had a plane to catch.
Dave himself is from Indiana, so it was time to step up and provide gifts for the King of the Late Show. And we had about 20 minutes to make it happen.
Betsy and Elaine (and Will) were convinced that proof that their hometown was Santa Claus, Indiana, would capture the attention of the gap-toothed star.
And so, I rather begrudgingly parted with my two-and-only Santa hats. I liked those hats. I used those hats. Why couldn’t Dave buy his own Santa hats?
“Bring them back safely!” I called, as the teachers dashed off to catch their plane. I meant my Santa hats, of course.
Betsy and Elaine’s ultimate goal, it seems, was threefold.
It had to do with a canned ham.
And a deli named Hello.
And getting Dave to notice them.
I believe they accomplished just that:
Betsy and Elaine were literally picked out of the line as they were waiting to get in to see the Late Show.
It was a Christmas wish come true!
Elaine, Rupert Jee from Hello Deli, Betsy, and the coveted canned ham
And so, as Dave retires this week, we have just one final question for the Hoosier-born host:
What did you do with those Santa hats? I still want them back!
Thanks to all who entered our Thunderbird Sweepstakes! Here are our winners of two one-day tickets:
Carrie B., Hanover, Indiana
Joy H., Solsberry, Indiana
Jennifer M., Lawrenceville, Illinois
Is Memorial Day Weekend really just a week away? This month is flying by!
And speaking of “flying by,” so is Thunderbird – have you watched the videos? Thunderbird launches from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds – and it’s as smooth as Santa’s sleigh ride!
Ready to enter our Thunderbird Sweepstakes? We’ll have three winners!
First, the Rules:
You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (and our immediate family members) are not eligible to enter.
Use the widget, below, to enter (enter daily using the “tweet” option). There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by posting here on our HoliBlog, tweeting about this sweepstakes, and visiting us on our Facebook pages. The winners – two chosen at random – will be emailed the afternoon of May 21.
For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us what you think Santa and Claire talked about during their Thunderbird ride together. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
By entering, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list (you may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email).
For the Pinterest option, please pin the photo of Santa and Claire, below.
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Two of our winners will be chosen at random and the third will be chosen by our staff from the comments added to this blog post – simply tell us what you think Santa and Claire said to each other. Come on, make us “Ho Ho Ho!”
All three winners will each receive two one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two Quick Access Passes for a ride on Thunderbird (or The Voyage, Wildebeest – your choice!).
Ready to enter? Of course you are: Simply enter our sweepstakes here from a mobile device; or if you’re using an immobile device, enter by using the widget, below. And not just today – enter daily through Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10am CDT.
And she is season-pass excited about that. And about getting a chance to try her hand – er, legs – at unicycling.
We hope you’re season-pass excited about riding Thunderbird this weekend. Yes, we know there’s a 50-percent chance of an afternoon storm – but that means there’s also a 50-percent chance of no storms. And there’s a 100-percent chance you’ll save a bunch with this great deal on e-tickets this weekend.
David DeLong has waited – impatiently – for Thunderbird’s first launch since last July.
We first met David almost exactly nine months ago. He was the “new guy” at WFIE-TV and was excited to cover our big “what’s new for 2015” announcement.
Over the months, David checked up on Thunderbird construction nearly every week. Together we trudged through the construction-site mud time after time, doomed to endure the taunts of our peers when they noticed our “hard-hat hair.”
If you follow us on social media (especially Twitter!) you know that each Wednesday night, we’re cheering for park alum Rayvon Owen on American Idol.
For the past three weeks, Rayvon has received the “Twitter Save” from fans and continued on to another week in the high-stakes competition.
That first time, my iPhone nearly exploded. Between Matt, Eric and countless others, there was a plea for an immediate Twitter lesson.
But the clock was ticking and I had four accounts to push to #SaveRayvon. “Take it to Facebook!” I hurriedly typed. “You know how that works and I bet lots of your followers are on Twitter. Hurry!”
The next week, Rayvon was again in need of saving. I texted Matt, “Should this go on our Facebook page?”
“Yes,” he texted back. “He’s one of our own.”
And so, as another Wednesday approaches, I asked Matt to jot down his thoughts about our alum who keeps smiling and singing with complete sincerity week after week.
As we get ready to open our biggest season ever, it’s always a bright point to see the shining smiles of our Host and Hostesses as they start their “careers” with Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. We take pride in the fact that we touch the hearts of so many Guests – but we also touch each other’s lives in this fun “roller coaster” of an industry that we love.
A perfect example of this is our very own Rayvon Owen. Rayvon joined us in 2011 as an Entertainer in our “Rejoice” show, a Christian celebration that is unique to our Park. Rayvon was a ray of sunshine all season. His presence alone would light up the stage and our Guests felt his sincerity. That sunshine is still shining for Rayvon as he has now made his way into the hearts of millions, making it now into the Top 6 on American Idol.
Throughout this process, Rayvon and I have communicated back and forth and I am still in awe of this young man. He is truly astounded with how well he is being received by his fans. He repeatedly offers thanks. The grace and humility that he has shown, and the true goodness that is in his heart, shines through with every performance. He takes nothing for granted, appreciates all of life’s experiences, and has never once forgotten the path he has taken to get him to where he is today.
We are so blessed to have been a part of that path, and will continue to root for him – as well as all of our Hosts and Hostesses – on their journeys to success.
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