Date:         Thu, 21 Dec 2000 22:27:13 +0000
Sender:       The Internet TourBus - A virtual tour of cyberspace
From:         Bob Rankin 
Subject:      TOURBUS - 21 Dec 00 - NORAD Tracks Santa / The Holidays
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              TOURBUS Volume 6, Number 45 -- 21 Dec 2000
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        TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: NORAD Tracks Santa / The Holidays
Greetings of the Season to One and All!  Today's TOURBUS gives me a
very special opportunity to wish holiday blessings on tens of
thousands of people in over 130 countries around the world.  With
today being the first day of Hanukkah, Christmas arriving Monday, and
the beginning of Kwanzaa the day after that, I wish all my Jewish,
Christian, African American and friends of ALL persuasions the best in
this holiday season.
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The NORAD Tracks Santa Website is a combined effort of Analytical
Graphics Inc. (which makes software for the aerospace industry), NORAD
(the joint U.S./Canadian military organization responsible for
ensuring that aircraft from places other than the North Pole are not
permitted to drop packages on North American cities), and America
Online (which is equally deserving of a pithy parenthetical remark,
but alas -- this sentence *is* getting rather long).  Pop over to 
...and you can track the progress of the fabled flying fat guy as he
makes his way around the world on Christmas Eve.  NORAD uses their
high-tech expertise to pinpoint not only his location, but how many
cookies he's consumed on the journey.
This year's Santa tracking program is the 46th conducted by NORAD and
its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command.  The tradition
started when a department store invited kids to call a Santa hotline,
but they accidentally gave out the number for CONAD's Operations
Hotline.  Fortunately, Colonel Harry Shoup was in the holiday spirit
and children who called in were given an update on Santa's position.
The tradition continues today on the Web, and the site is available in
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Japanese.  In 1999,
approximately 10 million people visited the NORAD Tracks Santa site on
Christmas Eve.  This year they're expecting 100 million visitors!
Sounds like it may be difficult to access the site, so if you get an
error message, try again later.
I could recite the story of Christmas backwards and forwards while
juggling candy canes.  And since I grew up in an area that was
predominantly Jewish, I know a menorah from a dreidel and the story
behind Hanukkah.  But Kwanzaa was a mystery to me until I did some
online research.  If you're a bit sketchy on the details of any of
these holidays, here are some links you can follow and learn more.
   Hanukkah - 
   Christmas - 
   Kwanzaa -  
That's all for now, I'll see you next time!   --Bob
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