Continuing on with its annual traditional flight to the North Pole, 99.1 HitsFM took qualifiers leading up to the big flight which took place on Saturday, December 13.
The lucky little ones were piled on to a Provincial Airlines direct flight to the North Pole where Santa took some time away from his busy preparations for the big night to come on board the plane upon landing.
The kids all had the opportunity to ask him one questions, and each received a surprise gift from the man in the red suit!
Tune into CBC Radio One on Friday, December 18 to listen in on a conversation between CrossTalk host Ramona Dearing and Bruce Templeton, with a chance to call in yourself as well!
Also, check out this recent profile of The Man with the White Beard from Atlantic Books Today!
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On his recent visit to St. John’s, NL to sign his own new book Common Ground, Justin Trudeau and Bruce Templeton had an opportunity to meet at a separate function.
In their brief conversation, Bruce passed along a copy of The Man with the White Beard for Justin to take home to his wife Sophie to read!
If you were in St. John’s yesterday and have youth in your life, chances are good you paid the annual visit to the downtown area to take in the annual St. John’s Christmas Parade. As always, it’s capped off with an appearance from the jolly ol’ elf himself, and this year was no exception. Take a look at today’s front page image from The Telegram to see for yourself!
The Rotarian has included an article about The Man with the White Beard author Bruce Templeton in its recent December issue. Here is the copy from the magazine, sourced form the online version (which is here).
For most of the year, Bruce Templeton works as an investment adviser. But during the holiday season, he takes time off to do something different. As one of Santa’s helpers (as he puts it), he visits children in schools, hospitals, and churches, at company parties – even on a plane ride to the “North Pole” as part of a promotion for a radio station. His suit is handmade by elves, and his beard is so secure that he winces when kids pull on it. Many of the children Templeton has visited over the past 35 years have been critically ill or struggling with difficult circumstances at home. He has been there for lighter moments as well, such as receiving gifts of carrots for his reindeer. Templeton, a member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s, N.L., refuses to accept money, asking that any contributions for his 30 to 50 appearances per season be directed to Rotary. “I’m able to see Christmas through a set of eyes that few people get to see Christmas through,” he says, recalling one moment when a 17-year-old showed him her baby picture – an image of a tiny infant, so premature that her parents were not sure she would live, being cradled by Templeton. Such experiences inspired him to write a memoir in 2012 titled The Man in the Red Suit; he donated $10,000 in author royalties to PolioPlus. A sequel, The Man with the White Beard, was released this fall. – Vanessa Glavinskas