Saturday, December 25, 2010

Yinzerati saves Christmas

We will post-date this for tomorrow for continuity's sake, but here is the best summary of tracking Santa via TechCrunch: Google And NORAD Team Up Once Again To Track Santa

Here is a pre-diaspora diaspora addendum to the story of how the NORAD Santa Tracker got started.  In 1955 Sears misprinted a telephone number children could use to call and ask for Santa's location.  Instead of a Sears number, it was routed to the Continental Air Defense Command (soon to become NORAD) where Colonel Harry W. Shoup directed his staff to give the callers proper updates on Santa's location.  Thus started the tradition that continues to this day.
Something I can find no reference to in any local story on this..  Col. Shoup is at least in part a Yunzer.  Both he and his wife are Westminster College class of 1939.  Who knew?  I'm telling you, there is a Pittsburgher behind most every important event in the 20th century.. 

Now with NORAD partnering with Google, and Google opening an office here...  life comes full circle. 


Blogger john b said...

Yunzer! Yes please keep the U in Yunz and the H in Pittsburgh and Merry Christmas to all! Great find CB, love learning stuff on this blog!

Saturday, December 25, 2010 5:05:00 AM  

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