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