Bruce Templeton inducted into International Hall of Fame

Santa-Claus-Hall-of-Fame-at-the-Candy-CastleSanta-Claus-Hall-of-Fame-at-the-Candy-CastleJust 24 hours before the biggest day of the year for Santa Claus, Bruce Templeton got some very exciting news.  The Santa Claus International Hall of Fame has announced six inductees for 2014, and this morning Bruce was surprised with the news, he’d not only been nominated — he was one of that special six.

The Santa Claus International Hall of Fame is also inducting James F. Martin of Santa Claus, Indiana, Sam Militello of St. Clair, Michigan, Haddon Sunblom of Chicago, Illinois, Ron Robertson of San Juan Capistrano, California, and Tim Cavender of Ball Ground, Georgia.

The prestigious hall found inside Santa’s Candy Castle located in Santa Claus, Indiana includes some pretty famous friends of Santa Claus such as the first Miracle on 34th Street’s Kris Kringle, Edmund Gwenn (1877 – 1959), Mickey Rooney (1920 – 2014) for his voice portrayals in famous stop animation specials, Charles W. Howard (1896-1966) of Albion, New York and Jim Yellig (1894-1984) of Santa Claus, Indiana. Howard created the world’s first Santa Claus School and was Macy’s parade Santa for 18 years. Yellig became the official Santa to Santa Claus Land in 1946 and for the next 38 years had more children sit on his knee than any other Santa ever.

Other notable members of the hall include the first ever department store Santa, Scottish-born James Edgar (1843 – 1909) and Doug Mellor (1929 – 2004), a commercial Santa from the 60s and 70s who appeared in ads for Sears, Jell-O, Archway Cookies, McDonalds, and on the cover of McCall‘s magazine multiple times.

Along with the original Charter Members, the Saint that is the basis for the legend is honored. The International Santa Claus Hall of Fame is dedicated to Nicholas of Myra, the 4th century bishop known for his great deeds of generosity. St. Nicholas is known as the patron Saint of children.

Bruce is being inducted into the hall this year, recognizing his many decades dedicated to assisting Santa in a variety of ways, for his two books, and the work both he and they are doing in partnership with the Rotary Polio Plus program. He is humbled, honoured, and thrilled about the news, and will be the only living Canadian in the international hall of fame.

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Click here to visit the official hall’s announcement page for bios and a video.

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HitsFM helps Newfoundland & Labrador youth meet Santa at North Pole

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!

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Bruce Templeton to appear on CBC’s CrossTalk

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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Bruce Templeton meets with Justin Trudeau

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.

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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!

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Santa stops in St. John’s for Downtown Parade (via The Telegram)

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!

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Santa’s Helper – The Rotarian

Bruce-Templeton-RotarianThe 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

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Bruce Templeton interview on CTV Atlantic Morning airs

Bruce Templeton, author of The Man with the White Beard and The Man in the Red Suit, was a guest on CTV Atlantic Morning today! If you weren’t up with the birds to catch the interview, fear not! You can click the screen grab below to watch it on the CTV website.

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Bruce Templeton on creative process and charity tie-in

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Bruce talks about some special permissions that were needed for book two

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Bruce talks about the main messages in his books

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