CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1988
The "Santa Claus bandit," suspected of robbing 33 Southern California savings and loans since escaping from federal prison in mid-April, was captured by sheriff's deputies Friday at the home of a friend in La Puente. Michael J. Anderson, dubbed "the Santa Claus bandit" because of the 45-year-old suspect's long, grayish-white hair and the gray beard he wore during many of the robberies he allegedly committed--was being held without bail on robbery charges and a federal arrest warrant.
December 22, 1998 |
Cuba's Communist government may have restored Christmas as a public holiday, but that does not mean Santa Claus is welcome on the Caribbean island. An official Cuban newspaper warned readers Monday to beware of the white-bearded Santa figure as a potentially threatening symbol of U.S. "consumerism," "cultural hegemony" and "mental colonization."
December 24, 1989 |
Years ago, a little girl named Virginia wrote to a newspaper editor, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. The editor replied that, "Yes, of course, there is a Santa Claus." But with no hard evidence, he took a philosophical approach in his answer. Now it seems timely for an update, particularly since I'm just back from the Arctic Circle and new evidence. The fact is, my wife Joyce and I did indeed meet Santa Claus. It happened during a tour of Scandinavia, which began in Finland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1996 |
Santa Claus is looking for work. Santa will visit homes in Stanton or parties for a 30-minute visit to spread holiday cheer through Dec. 24. Anyone interested in arranging a visit with Santa Claus can call the Stanton Community Services Department. The cost for Stanton residents is $25; the cost for others is $30. An additional $5 will be charged on Dec. 24. For information and reservations: (714) 379-9222, Ext. 270.
January 29, 1998
Dayton C. Fouts, 85, who portrayed Santa Claus for 60 years. Fouts began the role in 1937 and made his last public appearance as the red-robed, white-furred saint Dec. 14 at a Tucson Boys Chorus concert. The 1998 Guinness Book of World Records recognizes him as the world's longest tenured Santa Claus. In July, Fouts was an honored guest at the annual Father Christmas convention in Copenhagen. On Sunday in Tucson of cardiac arrest.
December 6, 2007 |
Microsoft Corp. quickly shut down Santa Claus' Web privileges after it found out the automated elf it created for kids to instant message with was talking naughty, not nice. Last year, Microsoft encouraged kids to connect directly to "Santa" by adding northpolelive.com to their Windows Live Messenger contact lists. The Santa program, which Microsoft reactivated this month, asked children what they wanted for Christmas and could respond on topic, thanks to artificial intelligence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1994 |
Anyone wanting to get a letter from Santa Claus can drop him a message in one of four special mailboxes throughout the city. The North Pole Express will be taking mail until Thursday at the Fullerton Main Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave.; the Hunt Branch Library, 201 S. Basque Ave.; City Hall, 303 W. Commonwealth Ave., and Independence Park, 801 W. Valencia Drive. City sources say Santa is guaranteeing a response to all those who write and enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
December 11, 2008 |
Santa Claus posed with a huge kitty on his lap -- and now he might need rabies shots. Jonathan Bebbington was playing the jolly old man at a PetsMart store in Hamilton Township, N.J., when Benny the cat panicked because of dogs and bit him on the wrist and hand, Bebbington said. At least one witness thought it was a bobcat, estimating it weighed 30 pounds. Owner and cat vanished. "Her last words were, 'I have a permit and the cat has all his vaccines,' " Bebbington, 47, told the Press of Atlantic City.
December 28, 1996 |
When the international peace coordinator for Bosnia, Carl Bildt, took a walkabout with Santa Claus the other day in downtown Sarajevo, he bore tidings of political support as well as holiday joy. The Bosnian version of Santa Claus--actually a New Year's Eve figure known as Grandfather Frost--has been at the center of a controversy that illuminates the country's growing spirit of peacetime disharmony.
December 18, 1988 |
Santa bounced from a couch as we followed two elves into his workshop on the Arctic Circle in the province of Lapland. He fluffed his beard, held out his hand and greeted us with a hearty "Welcome!" We had driven down from the far north of Finnish Lapland and discovered that this has been the busiest year ever for Santa's Village and his Lapland workshops, which have become year-round tourist destinations for nearly 300,000 visitors from Finland and other nations.