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December 8, 2007 | By SOLOMON JONES
IT SNOWED the other morning, and my 3-year-old son, Little Solomon, ran into our bedroom (without knocking, of course) to happily announce that Santa was on his way. I was groggy, but his pronouncement forced me into a pivotal fatherhood moment - one that I'd already faced with his big sister Eve. "Son, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but . . . " My wife, LaVeta, chimed in. "Santa Claus is right in front of you, lying in bed....
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December 24, 1990
In 1897, a little girl in New York City wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun, a then-great now-gone newspaper. It was Virginia's good fortune - and ours - that the letter fell into the hands of an editorial writer named Francis P. Church, who answered her gently and wisely. We publish this, partially because it's so wise and partially because editorial pages are short of its gentle wisdom. Mostly, we run it because we like it so much. What follows is as it appeared in the New York Sun of Sept.
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December 25, 1986 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yes, Delaware County, there is a Santa Claus. Two days last week, he was spotted on the streets of Lansdowne during dinnertime. He visited every street. And a few days before that, he was at the Media Borough Hall - before he left for the Darby Fire Company, No. 1 station. On Tuesday, he was supposed to travel up and down the streets of Yeadon, escorted by eight fire trucks from the Yeadon Fire Company. And he was at the malls for more than a month. With such overwhelming evidence of his existence, how could there not be a Santa Claus?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1986 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
Yes, Virginia, there definitely will be a Bruce Springsteen concert album package for Christmas. Officially announced yesterday by Columbia Records, the five-record set will be called "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Live - 1975-85. " It covers four tours - in 1975, 1978, 1980-81 and 1984-85 - and will be comprised of 40 songs, including numbers from each of Springsteen's seven albums. A 36-page book with lyrics will be included in the boxed set, which will resemble Columbia's recent Bob Dylan retrospective, "Biograph.
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August 28, 1989 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Warren Mercer, 83, who played Santa Claus for several generations of West Chester children and co-founded the annual Old Fiddlers Picnic in Chester County, died Friday at the Friends Hall nursing home in West Chester. Mr. Mercer was a lifetime resident of the West Chester area. He was born in East Bradford Township and worked as a plasterer, first in a business of his own and then, from 1957 until his retirement in 1979, for the West Chester University maintenance department. He and his wife, Phoebe, had lived for the last three years on New Jersey Avenue in West Chester.
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December 28, 2015
Orlando R. Barone is a writer in Doylestown Santa came on Christmas Eve. Or did he? There are definite holes in the Santa story. Enna, my 5-year-old granddaughter, recently happened on one. "What is Mrs. Claus' name?" she asked me shortly before Christmas. "Mrs. Claus," I said reasonably. Didn't fly. "But what's her name? Like my mommy's name is Tanya. " I've heard about Mrs. Claus my whole life. I've seen drawings of her. I know she pulls Santa's boots off after a long night of toy delivering.
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December 26, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, STAFF WRITER
You could call it the Christmas wish heard around the world. It had been years since Casey Hackett had been to see Santa Claus. Being on the autism spectrum, this young man with special needs finds the noise and bustle a bit much, and he isn't one for small talk. But this year was different. For one thing, there was that PlayStation 2 and the other two game consoles he really wanted. And Santa was just so nice, sitting there bespectacled and jolly at the Dambly's Garden Center in Berlin, N.J., last Friday, that Casey, 22, sat right down on old St. Nick's lap. They talked presents and joked.
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December 20, 2015
It's a Wonderful Life. At 3 p.m. today on USA; at 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC; at noon and 3 p.m. Dec. 30 on ESQTV. Also available on Amazon, Netflix, DVD, and other platforms. "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," a famous Philadelphian once famously observed. But Mr. Franklin missed another certainty: If it's Christmastime, then Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life will be on TV. The 1946 classic, with James Stewart as George Bailey, the Christmas Eve suicide who gets a chance to reflect on his life thanks to Clarence the guardian angel (Henry Travers)
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December 19, 2015
By Nathan Benefield With Christmas fast approaching, children are busy creating wish lists for Santa Claus. While most kids eventually outgrow a belief in Santa - and realize it's their family buying their gifts - a few Pennsylvania politicians seem unwilling to give up the make-believe world of their childhood. Just as Santa promises toys and totes bags of presents, some politicians promise gifts to voters and hand out goodies to countless special-interest groups. If you believe their spin - and in Santa - no one will have to pay for these gifts.
NEWS
November 18, 2015 | By David O'Reilly and Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Santa no longer needs payment up front to hear children's Christmas wishes at Cherry Hill Mall. The mall announced Monday that it would allow free access to its Adventure to Santa attraction, which garnered harsh criticism from parents who learned they had to pay at least $35 to see Santa Claus. "In the spirit of the holiday season, we want to keep things festive and bright," a statement Monday by mall management said. "We have heard and value our loyal customers' feedback and as a result, have decided to remove the photo package purchase requirements.
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September 27, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Severance, 79, of Malvern, a former newspaper advertising executive, died Friday, Sept. 18, at Lankenau Hospital of complications from a previous surgery. Born in Berwyn, Mr. Severance was the son of Kathryn Holman Severance and Alexander Severance, basketball coach at Villanova University for 25 seasons and a justice of the peace in Berwyn. Such officials are now called district judges. Mr. Severance graduated from St. Agnes High School in West Chester and Villanova University.
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May 4, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs at the Eagles game that winter day in 1968, died Thursday, April 30, at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown. Mr. Olivo, 66, of Glenolden, had battled heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments for 25 years, and had been seriously ill since mid-January. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Olivo, known as "Frankie," was a barber, worked for years in the casino industry in Atlantic City, sold cars, and was in the mortgage business.
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April 14, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WAS COMING up on Christmas 2000 when David R. Boldt had his customary martini lunch with Santa Claus. Apart from trying and failing to twinkle the way Santa did during their conversations, David had news to impart. He was taking an early retirement after 28 years at the Inquirer as a writer and editor. "What do you hope people say about you?" Santa asked. "I'd like it if someone asked, 'Who was that masked man?' " "This triggered a moment of reverie," David wrote, "and when I turned back, I saw that Santa had quietly left, once again sticking me with the check.
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March 18, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN CHILDREN of the Laverty family began to question the existence of Santa Claus, one thing they had no doubts about: There definitely was a "Mrs. Claus. " She was Mom and Grandmom - Teresa Laverty. And if there was a Mrs. Claus, there had to be a Santa Claus. Right? Christmas was one of Teresa's favorite holidays and she made the most of it. With six children and eight grandchildren, as well as in-laws, nieces and nephews, her gift list was rather extensive. It didn't matter.
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