Thursday 12-26-2013 Assortment
Thursday, December 26, 2013
What nationality is Santa Claus?
What are you afraid of if you have cryophobia?
Extreme cold, frost, or ice.
“Welcome Back,” from Welcome Back, Kotter
Alan Sachs asked his agent, Dave Bendet, to find him a “Lovin’ Spoonful type of song” to use for the theme song of his new comedy series Kotter, about a man who returns to his Brooklyn neighborhood to teach high school. Coincidentally, Lovin’ Spoonful lead singer John Sebastian was a client of Bendet’s, so he got the job and wrote a one-minute-long song called “Welcome Back,” which he thought would be rejected because it didn’t have the word Kotter in it. Instead, Sachs decided to change the name of the show to Welcome Back, Kotter to fit the song. The show was a big hit, and so was the song. Sebastian wrote and recorded a second verse, and released it as a single. It went to #1 on the pop chart.
ABC News closed-captioning once said Alan Greenspan was hospitalized for an “enlarged prostitute.”
• Santa Claus has his own Canadian postal code: It’s H0H 0H0. (Really.)
• Robert L. May, a copywriter for the Chicago-based Montgomery Ward department store, created the character of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 1939. The store’s advertising department asked him to write a Christmas story that it could print and hand out to shoppers in an effort to bring in more business for the holidays.
CHRISTMAS BECAME A FEDERAL HOLIDAY IN THE U.S. IN 1890.