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Monday, 24 December, 2001

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is tracking Santa Claus. Seriously, they have a website set up for it: Noradsanta.com. They say:

"This year's Santa tracking program is the 44th conducted by NORAD and the 46th overall. NORAD's predecessor, Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), also located in Colorado Springs, started the tradition after a local store's advertisement for kids to call Santa on a special "hotline" included a misprinted telephone number. Instead of Mr. Kris Kringle, the 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. 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 in were given an update on Santa's position. Thus, the tradition was born."

Phone calls from children are personally answer by Canadian and American men and women who work at NORAD. They receive thousands of calls and have millions of hits on the website.

I think that's pretty neat. And as I type, Santa is apparently crossing the Atlantic Ocean and nearing the East Coast of the United States, so I'd better get this done and go to bed!

[Ho, ho, ho!]

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Quote du jour:

"Merry Christmas to all
and to all a good night!"

-- Santa Claus

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