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January 22, 2001 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a tough job. They wear hot, heavy uniforms and answer questions from beard-pulling babies with demanding parents. They toil up to 14-hour days for a month and then go the rest of the year without work. Yes, it's a tough job, they say, but somebody has to do it. The 65 members of the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas do it each year with a smile--and a belly-shaking ho-ho-ho.
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December 24, 2012 | By Jasmine Elist
For most of us, Christmas comes once a year. But for Sal Lizard, co-author of "Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas"(Gotham, $20), Christmas exists 365 days of the year. At the age of 20, when Lizard's hair and beard abruptly began to turn completely white, he embraced it and took on a full-time career as Santa Claus. For the last two decades, Lizard has appeared as Santa in homes, offices, malls, parades, schools, hospitals, as well as in movies.
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OPINION
December 19, 2009 | Patt Morrison
Spoiler alert! If you're under 13, stop reading right now. Correction: It's 2009 in Los Angeles; if you're under 10, stop reading right now. The rest of you, I'd like you to meet Santa. For 11 months of the year, his nom de beard is Ted Roberts. Then, before Thanksgiving, he grooms his long, white whiskers and puts on that red suit and presto chango. He sits on a Santa throne and listens to kids -- and some grown-ups. He visits parties on Christmas Eve and reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and "The Polar Express" to children.
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December 25, 2011 | By Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times
You may think you know Santa, but there's a lot more to the legend than a bag full of presents. What follows is a selective history of St. Nick and how he came to be known as the jolly round man in the iconic red suit. PHOTOS: A look at the evolution of Santa Claus AD 280 The man we've come to identify at St. Nicholas was born in the third century in what is now Turkey. He eventually became a bishop in the early church and was known for helping the poor and the sick and for being a protector of sailors and children.
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December 25, 2011 | By Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times
You may think you know Santa, but there's a lot more to the legend than a bag full of presents. What follows is a selective history of St. Nick and how he came to be known as the jolly round man in the iconic red suit. PHOTOS: A look at the evolution of Santa Claus AD 280 The man we've come to identify at St. Nicholas was born in the third century in what is now Turkey. He eventually became a bishop in the early church and was known for helping the poor and the sick and for being a protector of sailors and children.
NEWS
December 14, 1997
If it's December then it must mean parents are flocking to the malls--not just to shop, but also to honor that holiday ritual of having their children's pictures taken with Santa. This usually means dressing them up in cute, wintry clothes such as knit caps, sweaters and velvet dresses, from tiny babies to school-age kids.
NEWS
March 21, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haven't you held on to that red power suit that's two sizes too small long enough? You're in luck, because it's National Clean Your Closet Week. Take the opportunity to free up closet space and help someone in need. Dress for Success Los Angeles is an organization that provides interview-appropriate clothing, image and makeup consultation for women trying to reenter the work force after tough times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1987 | MAUREEN BROWN, Maureen Brown, a mother of four who lives in La Jolla, grew up in Detroit
When his name occurs in conversation, my daughter, who's almost 8, avoids my eyes. We are both aware of her recently acquiesced knowledge about the existence of the jolly old fat man in the red suit. As the 5-year-old announces that he needs help printing a list for Santa, she flees the room and sulks quietly. Ultimately, she returns and shares that the magic of Christmas has deserted her. It's just not the same without the aura of Santa.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1990 | JERRY BUCK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When he was cast in the CBS series "The Flash," John Wesley Shipp said he had second thoughts about playing a fantasy superhero in bright tights. "One of the issues I wanted to address before I took the job was how much time he spent out of the costume," said Shipp, who was selected from about 50 actors who auditioned. "When I first heard about 'The Flash,' I said, 'No thanks.' I thought I'd just be running around in a union suit.
NEWS
December 14, 1986 | LEE HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
In and around this city, Bill Smith is known as more than Bill Smith. He cannot walk on the streets very long without someone recognizing him and calling him by a more familiar name. In South Gate and several neighboring Southeast cities, Bill Smith is Santa Claus. The 60-year-old former truck driver and retired short-order cook with a myriad of medical problems has been bringing joy to people for 13 years.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2010 | By David Pierson and Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Dressed in a velvety Santa suit and carrying a goody bag slung over his shoulder, Richard Goodman worked the international crowd at the Shenzhen, China, Crowne Plaza Hotel's lobby cafe, handing out gingerbread cookies with a hearty "Merry Christmas. " The Western guests played along. The Chinese guests looked bewildered. "Xie xie," a woman said, inspecting the cookies and saying thanks in Mandarin before asking her dinner companion, "What is it?" Another guest wanted to know why only his children received the treats.
OPINION
December 19, 2009 | Patt Morrison
Spoiler alert! If you're under 13, stop reading right now. Correction: It's 2009 in Los Angeles; if you're under 10, stop reading right now. The rest of you, I'd like you to meet Santa. For 11 months of the year, his nom de beard is Ted Roberts. Then, before Thanksgiving, he grooms his long, white whiskers and puts on that red suit and presto chango. He sits on a Santa throne and listens to kids -- and some grown-ups. He visits parties on Christmas Eve and reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and "The Polar Express" to children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2008 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
More than 150 bearded Santas -- looking relaxed, some clad in Hawaiian shirts, others in red suits -- gathered at a Buena Park hotel Sunday to reminisce about the busy holiday season and network over their next merry career move. The annual founders luncheon of the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas drew an assortment of oversized gents, an equal number of Mrs. Clauses and a few real-life little people working as elves. They met to promote pride and improve performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2006 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
CHRISTMAS is a time for television; it's television that tells us it's Christmas. It's the electric hearth that unites the family and comforts the lonely. It fills the house with pictures of snow and skaters and charming re-created scenes of Victorian or New England. It plays you the Christmas songs you might otherwise have to sing yourself and relieves you of the task of reading aloud the good old holiday classics by turning them into TV specials.
TRAVEL
February 6, 2005 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
Britain's largest exhibit space dedicated to its great World War II prime minister, Winston Churchill, is scheduled to open Friday in London. The Churchill Museum fills more than 9,000 square feet next to the underground Cabinet War Rooms, where Churchill directed the war effort during enemy air raids. The Cabinet rooms, opened as a museum in 1984 in the Treasury building on King Charles Street, attract more than 300,000 visitors a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2001 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a tough job. They wear hot, heavy uniforms and answer questions from beard-pulling babies with demanding parents. They toil up to 14-hour days for a month and then go the rest of the year without work. Yes, it's a tough job, they say, but somebody has to do it. The 65 members of the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas do it each year with a smile--and a belly-shaking ho-ho-ho.
NEWS
December 24, 2012 | By Jasmine Elist
For most of us, Christmas comes once a year. But for Sal Lizard, co-author of "Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas"(Gotham, $20), Christmas exists 365 days of the year. At the age of 20, when Lizard's hair and beard abruptly began to turn completely white, he embraced it and took on a full-time career as Santa Claus. For the last two decades, Lizard has appeared as Santa in homes, offices, malls, parades, schools, hospitals, as well as in movies.
NEWS
December 17, 1999 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
For 65 years, members of the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce, commonly known as the Jaycees, have played Santas for thousands of families during the holiday season. This season, five members played Santa for us as our jovial cover boys in designer duds.
NEWS
March 21, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haven't you held on to that red power suit that's two sizes too small long enough? You're in luck, because it's National Clean Your Closet Week. Take the opportunity to free up closet space and help someone in need. Dress for Success Los Angeles is an organization that provides interview-appropriate clothing, image and makeup consultation for women trying to reenter the work force after tough times.
NEWS
December 17, 1999 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
For 65 years, members of the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce, commonly known as the Jaycees, have played Santas for thousands of families during the holiday season. This season, five members played Santa for us as our jovial cover boys in designer duds.
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