One of the great things about youtube is finding old clips like this. Back in March of '93, I brought a VR system to Live with Regis & Kathie Lee. I remember it being a lot of work to get set-up on time and then we only had a short segment to get it all done. We had lots of fun and it sure is nice to see myself without grey!
When I was a kid, we used to gather around the radio and listen t the shortwave broadcasts of the Santa tracking by NORAD. Since Sydney was 5, we have been going online to track Santa and watch the videos of him flying around the world. Once he enters US airspace, it's off to bed so he can deliver all of her presents...and I think that this year, Sydney will be pretty happy with what Santa brings!
Do you know the story of NORAD tracking Santa? I was able to read the story about how it started and it's pretty interesting! This could've ended in 1955, had Col. Shoup simply told the first child that he called the wrong number, but instead he went with it and now it's a great tradition. If you've never been to the site, you should check it out. A big congrats to all of the people who make Santa tracking possible.
For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa. The tradition began after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. store advertisement for children to call Santa on a special "hotline" included an inadvertently misprinted telephone number.
Instead of Santa, the phone 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 on Christmas Eve 1955. 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 were given an update on Santa's position. Thus, the tradition was born. In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for the North American continent called the North American Air Defense Command, known as NORAD. Canada and the U.S. believed they could better defend North America together as a team instead of separately.
NORAD carried out its first Santa tracking in 1958 after inheriting the tradition from CONAD. Since that time, Canadian and American men and women who work at NORAD have responded to phone calls from children personally. Additionally, media from all over the world call NORAD on Christmas Eve for updates on Santa's location. Last year this Website was visited by millions of people who wanted to know Santa's whereabouts. This year, the information is provided in six languages.
NORAD relies on many volunteers to help make Santa tracking possible. Hundreds of volunteers spend part of their Christmas Eve at the Santa Tracking Operations Center answering phones and emails to provide Santa updates to thousands of inquiring children worldwide.
It's funny when I watch an older movie with Sydney and she can't understand why they just don't look something up online or use their cell phone. She sometimes forgets that those things didn't exist when I was a kid.
Now College Humor is out with a funny clip showing what would happen if smart phones were in those older movies. Need to watch them more often!
Pete Fornatale showed this very funny video of a "captioned for the clear-headed" version of Joe Cocker performing at Woodstock. If you've ever seen this version of "A Little Help from my Friends," you know that some of the lyrics are, well, questionable. But, with the captions, they're finally easy to understand.
Flavorpill has a list of the The 10 Most Unconventional Movie Trailers of the Past Decade and this is their bonus trailer. Watch it through the end, it really captures the spirit of trailers.
Didn't think all of the trailers were that unconventional, but some of them really did the trick. I'm still trying to figure out if the Cloverfield trailer was better then the actual movie. And what's up with that sequel? Take a look at all of them and decide for yourself, but you'll get a good chuckle out of this one.