Track Santa This Christmas

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has been tracking Santa since 1958.  You can watch Local2 Christmas Eve and we’ll update you as to where Santa is or you can Track Santa right here on NORAD’s website any time Saturday.  It’s a funny story how NORAD started their Santa Tracker.  In 1955 the department store Sears, in Colorado Springs, ran an ad for kids to call Santa at ME2-6681.  The problem, this wasn’t the phone number to Santa Claus at Sears, it was the number to the Colorado Springs Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD).  The people answering the phone didn’t know what to do when hundreds of calls came in asking for Santa.  The Colonel told staffers to give the current location of Santa and the rest as they say is history.  (On a side note: NORAD replaced CONAD in 1958.)  Here is the newspaper ad.     

 

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