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NORADís Santa-tracking began with a wrong number
New York Post ^ | December 22, 2013 | Michael Gartland

Posted on 12/23/2013 8:14:49 PM PST by TBP

NORAD’s tradition of tracking Santa’s sleigh began with a wrong number.

Right before Christmas in 1955, Sears ran an ad offering millions of toy-hungry girls and boys the chance to talk to the big man himself. In Colorado Springs, the retailer published the local phone number to the North Pole as ME 2-6681.

Modal TriggerCol. Harry Shoup There was only one problem: The number was one digit off.

And that wrong number rang on the desk of a high-ranking officer in a bunker at the Continental Air Defense Command — the predecessor of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which has the less-than-festive mission of detecting and defending the continent against nuclear attack.

Col. Harry Shoup fielded the first call on the command’s red phone.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: christmas; norad; santa; usaf; wrongnumber
A very cute story. Merely a wrongnumber in a department store promotion and a colonel willing to play along.
1 posted on 12/23/2013 8:14:49 PM PST by TBP
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To: TBP

bttt


2 posted on 12/23/2013 8:25:47 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Volunteering for this is one of the all time great fun events as you talk to kids from around the world looking for where Santa is. It is also great fun if you have little ones to have them check the website and / or call in.

http://www.noradsanta.org/


3 posted on 12/23/2013 8:29:51 PM PST by redlegplanner ( No Representation without Taxation)
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To: BenLurkin

Volunteering for this is one of the all time great fun events as you talk to kids from around the world looking for where Santa is. It is also great fun if you have little ones to have them check the website and / or call in.

http://www.noradsanta.org/


4 posted on 12/23/2013 8:29:51 PM PST by redlegplanner ( No Representation without Taxation)
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To: TBP

I still believe this coz one night in 1957 I coulda swore I saw something red `n long flying up high in the the night sky....
Yup It`s true!


5 posted on 12/23/2013 8:34:25 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: TBP

Since Obama has all his papers, I want to know if Santa has a valid drivers license, a social security number and don’t forget a birth certificate? Forget the phone number!


6 posted on 12/23/2013 8:52:58 PM PST by hapnHal (hapnHal)
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Great story!


7 posted on 12/23/2013 8:55:09 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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The new number is...

0118 999 881 99 9119 725......3.


8 posted on 12/23/2013 9:08:57 PM PST by dfwgator
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Given that Santa’s workshop is west of Colorado Springs on US 24 at North Pole where the road begins up Pike’s Peak it makes sense that the local store might have a tie-in. Given also that prior to moving into “the Mountain” the command headquarters were located just off US 24 near downtown Colorado Springs at the Childlaw Building. Things can get a little mixed with so many close elements together.


9 posted on 12/23/2013 9:38:52 PM PST by snoopy 'n linus
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To: bunkerhill7
I still believe this coz one night in 1957 I coulda swore I saw something red `n long flying up high in the the night sky.... Yup It`s true!

I want to believe you.....


10 posted on 12/23/2013 10:26:57 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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What a nice story. Thanks.


11 posted on 12/23/2013 10:38:20 PM PST by rawhide
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To: dfwgator

I called that number and got the NSA!
:O


12 posted on 12/23/2013 10:42:07 PM PST by rawhide
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To: dfwgator

i thought the AF set it to 0000 0000.


13 posted on 12/23/2013 10:55:01 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: TBP

I remember having Christmas eve dinner at my in-laws and the nieces and nephews waiting by the radio for the NORAD reports.


14 posted on 12/24/2013 2:59:54 AM PST by verga (The devil is in the details)
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To: Windflier

nope- It was long and curved and shiny-
Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas-
nothing impossible with God.


15 posted on 12/24/2013 7:50:18 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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nope- It was long and curved and shiny-

What do you really think you saw? Serious question.

16 posted on 12/24/2013 8:40:15 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: rawhide; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; GeronL
I called that number and got the NSA!

Bingo!

Call ANY number, get the NSA!

17 posted on 12/24/2013 1:34:08 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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