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    That's all folks! Unklescott's Avatar
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    NORAD Santa Tracking 2005

    I remember this from when I was a kid. They used to have it on the local 10:00 news with a poor "film" of a sleigh on radar. From the NORAD Official Tracking site:
    This is the 50th Anniversary that NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa. The tradition began after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. store advertisement for children to call Santa on a special "hotline" included an inadvertently misprinted telephone number. Instead of Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline." The Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, received the first "Santa" call on Christmas Eve 1955. Realizing what had happened, Colonel Shoup had his staff check radar data to see if there was any indication of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Indeed there were signs of Santa and children who called were given an update on Santa's position. Thus, the tradition was born.

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    RESIDENT JEDI MASTER Stargazer's Avatar
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    I was showing that to my daughter before she went to bed tonight, Unk. She was enthralled. Nowadays they have little videos of santa buzzing the pyramids and swooping past the Eiffel Tower as its time for him to get there. Before she went to bed, he was headed toward the Virgin Islands. I'm sure he's here by now. In fact, its about time he put the presents under my tree, so I'd better take off.

    Merry Christmas everyone!
    "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter."- Yoda

    "I'll just see where Providence takes me and try to look like I got there confidently." - Craig Ferguson

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    Just left New York and is headed for Quebec. Guess I better head to bed.

    Night all!

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