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Welcome to KringleQuest.com, Fourth Edition, your #1 home for all things Santa Claus: The Movie™! But as always, there's MUCH MORE to our Kringleverse than Santa Claus: The Movie™ per se; hence, our Opening Page which welcomes you and takes you, among other places, to KQ4 Special Features, where we spotlight the incredible stuff you'll explore as you journey here. Our Sitemap helps you get the most out of this, the ONLY unofficial Santa Claus: The Movie™ website --- from our List of Sources & Acknowledgements, where you can check out a few of the books and people that helped us develop this website in the first place, to our words of wisdom for those who'd like to set up a Salkind tribute site all their own!

This site was conceived and developed during Christmas 1998 as SCTM.com: A 15th Anniversary Tribute. It's one of several websites that have been influenced by the vision of the webmaster known only as Hiphats, who, in September 1996, led the charge that inspired the campaign to share with the world a fully-restored edition of Superman: The Movie®. Now, 40 years after the original release of Superman: The Movie®, our site has even more news, links and other information! There's always more Santa stuff to be done, and we keep doing more of it than any other Santa site on the web! So tell your friends, the local media, or anyone else about us! Send us your Kringle stories, too: Richard@ElfWithoutJingles.com through blackbeardpirate81@yahoo.com and Santa@ElfWithoutJingles.com!

Thank you for supporting International I Love Santa Claus Day!

Conceived by Britain's beloved Celebrity Santa, Nigel Harvey, this was a day to take time to reflect on what Santa Claus means for YOU! Proceeds from I Love Santa Day supported the Henry Allen Trust. But you can still donate. Visit JustGiving.com to learn more!

Superman: The Movie® was numbered in the 2017 list of the Library of Congress' National Film Registry --- the 25 movies that "have been honored for their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance" to the history of our global culture. The KQ4 Team congratulates those who worked on Superman: The Movie® and made us all believe that a man could fly!

DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONABLE: SANTA IS REAL!

In October 2014, it was announced that Arnon Milchan's Regency Pictures and Walden Media would develop Santa is Real, based on Charles Edward Hall's book, Santa Claus is For Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing. The project had been conceived as a full-scale movie musical, with several original songs. The film would be directed by newcomer Stephen Chbosky from a screenplay by Larry Stuckey. Stacey Sher and Alexandra Milchan would produce; Pamela Abdy and Naia Cucukov would executive produce, with 20th Century-Fox distributing domestically under its Fox 2000 Pictures banner. More details coming!

ABOUT KRINGLEQUEST/ELF WITHOUT JINGLES, LLC:

KQ4, together with ElfWithoutJingles.com, Facebook.com/ElfWithoutJingles, and the KQ Group on Facebook, are a single online network: KringleQuest/Elf Without Jingles, LLC. Our mission: to keep alive the KringleQuest Project, including "KringleQuest! The Documentary" and "KringleQuest! How Santa Claus: The Movie™ Changed My Life." We also keep an eye on things during the World Santa Claus Congress, as well as serve as the exclusive posting home for Santa's Annual "State of the Pole" Address. KQ/Elf, with your help, will be the most exciting and challenging concept the Kringleverse has ever known, and we're delighted to share it with you.

THE BOOK OF KRINGLE IS OPEN!

And there's plenty of secrets within its pages, as, for the first time, authors Derek Velez Partridge and Mary Packard and Eisner Award-winning artist David Wenzel reveal the ultimate printed origin story of Santa Claus!

THE SANTA FAMILY REUNION GATLINBURG!

Not even an unprecedented series of wildfires in the vicinity could stop an impressive team of Kringles --- Sherrie Heath, Debra Ann Gabrelchik, John and Joan Wilder, Lou and Loretta Knezevich, Trish Parrish, Cliff Snider, Steve Pulera and Charlie Thomas ---- from going the distance and completing their appointed rounds! Result: a brand-new Santa Claus Family Reunion, talking place once again at the Gatlinburg, Tennessee Convention Center! And it all starts in six months, March 14th through 18th, 2019! Proceeds from the event will support the Santa Claus Children's Home, in the nearby town of Sevierville. Click as shown to read the Official Proclamation from Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner!

SPIELBERG DOES DC:

Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are in talks with Warner Bros. to do Blackhawk, which would be Spielberg's first ever superhero movie. David Koepp would handle the screenplay; with Kristie Krieger co-producing and Sue Kroll executive producing. Prior to this, Spielberg is already locked in to do the fifth Indiana Jones adventure, along with his remake of West Side Story.

SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE™ --- THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK:

KQ's first and greatest goal has been fulfilled: There is now a Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album for Santa Claus: The Movie™. Quartet Records has released a three-disc set of the complete Henry Mancini score, including previously unreleased material! Please visit the Wikipedia article on the film for the full track listing, or go to QuartetRecords.com/Santa-Claus-The-Movie.html.

PLEASE BE ADVISED:

Yahoo!, Inc. has shut down its GeoCities Division. Several of the websites controlled by Richard Washington's Electric Pirates Entertainment, previously submitted to Archive.org's Wayback Machine, have since been rebuilt, and are now hosted by other web presences. KringleQuest.com, Fourth Edition will continue to work with the Webon.com format. However, Yahoo!, Inc. and AOL have been acquired by Verizon Communications, and both companies, along with The Huffington Post, have now been combined to form a new entity called Oath. Please visit the official Oath website and Facebook presence for additional information; or visit here for even more input, and stay with us as we maintain our efforts to adapt to this very necessary challenge.

KQ'S #1 ELF FOR HIRE!

Given that Richard has a super-fabulous Santa suit, he figured it was time you folks should want to give him a jingle, and have the chance to watch our favorite Elf Without Jingles make his own special Kringle magic happen for your special event or gathering! Details here, or go here, here and here!

FROM RUSSELL INCE: SANTA AND THE SAVIOR: THE STORY OF "KNEELING SANTA”

"You may have heard the Nativity story ---- but you only probably know one part of it," says author-artist Russell Ince, who here reveals the untold story of how Santa's stopover in Bethlehem began a chain of events that would later shape the entire destiny of civilization! Learn more here!

THE GREAT CHARLES W. HOWARD GATHERING!

When more than 300 Santas and their friends returned to Albion, New York, birthplace and lifelong home of the first great Kringle teacher, Charles W. Howard, for a Conference devoted to Howard's memory, the magic was, putting it utterly, insatiable. From a vendor display to various award presentations, from the administering of the Santa Claus Oath to the rededication ceremonies for the still-in-bloom International Peace Garden, this event made sure that Charles Howard's legacy will never be forgotten.

THE WORLD OF CHRISTMAS!

We've always loved how the world celebrates Christmas. Find out more about it here!

MEET .... THE REAL FACE OF SANTA!

This unusual hour-long documentary, The Real Face of Santa, takes you deep into the heart of the physical Claus as, for the first time, digital forensic technology creates a stunning representation of what Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, would have looked like in his mid-60's.

INTERNATIONAL SANTA GATHERING:

A new Christkindlmarkt setting was constructed in the village of Sandee for a new contest organized and hosted by Heiner Sjols, owner/operator of das Nordseehostel at Sandee, and patroned by Olaf Lies, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor and Transportation. Proceeds from the event benefited Children's Hospital at Wilhelmshaven. For additional details, click here!

BEGIN A NEW JOURNEY, FROM SAINT TO SANTA!

Father Joseph Marquis executive produced and starred as both Santa and Sinterklaas in Saint to Santa: How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus, a delightfully kid-friendly recap of Santa's historical origins. Learn more here!

AUNTIE CLAUS, THE MOVIE!

This from our friends at Kickstarter.com:

Peters Entertainment --- yes, THAT Jon Peters --- has optioned the rights to Elise Primavera's Auntie Claus book series, with a view toward making the books into a fabulous stop-motion animated film, release date unknown. Originated at San Francisco's Athena Studios, under producer Brice Parker, Auntie Claus: The Movie received $42,486 from 591 backers via Kickstarter.com. More details: www.facebook.com/AuntieClausTheMovie.

RICHARD LESTER: BEATLES, MUSKETEERS, SUPERMAN AND BEYOND.....

Our friends at the Film Society of Lincoln Center showcased the films of Richard Lester, including both Musketeer movies, A Hard Day's Night and Help!, SuperII and III, and, in its U.S. big-screen debut, the ill-fated Return of the Musketeers. The presentation's title: Richard Lester: The Running, Jumping Pop Cinema Iconoclast.

CONGRATULATIONS, LYNN STALMASTER!

You, kung fu legend Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates and documentarian Frederick Wiseman were chosen as recipients of Honorary Oscars®, and were celebrated at the Academy's 8th Annual Governors' Awards Dinner. Highlights of the celebration are featured at Oscars.org. Cheers!

SANTA'S VILLAGE, SKYFOREST, CALIFORNIA: C'MON UP!

There's no better place to share the wonder of the season --- and spend some face time with Santa, too! --- than right here. Join Santa's little brother, King Celwyn, Queen Wisdom, their three daughters Princess Snowfall, Princess Evergreen and Princess Sugarplum; Snowfall's big brotheroo Jack Frost, faithful Elves C.J. Kufflebug and Wilbur Weatherforce ---- and c'mon up!

DISCOVERING SANTA AGAIN...... 10 YEARS LATER:

It was an unprecedented gathering the likes of which the world had never seen before: Santas of every description coming together for the first time in the most family-friendly city on Earth: Branson, Missouri. They'd call it Discover Santa. Now, a decade later, the call sounded again ---- Discover Santa 2016!

Jolly Old Elves from all 48 continuous United States and all 11 Canadian Provinces, plus Europe and Australia, reassembled for a full week of fellowship, exploration and excitement. A decade ago, over 40 Santa organizations across North America, representing some 4000 Santas, Mrs. Clauses and others..... and in the summer of 2016, they returned to Branson for an entire 4-day festival of EVERYTHING Claus, at Branson's Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center, where a spectacular list of items made magic: The Parade of the Red Suits; Morning Breakfast, two days of Workshops with special guest speakers; plus the first-ever "SNO-lympics," along with a Gala Reception and Closing Night Dinner. Discover Santa 2016 was developed by Tim Connaghan's Kringle Group LLC and the Branson Convention and Visitors' Bureau in partnership with local, regional, national and international Santa organizations throughout the world. And, as you might expect, proceeds from the event benefitted Toys for Tots. For more information, please visit Tim's various websites of the Kringle Group, or e-mail santa@thekringlegroup.com. And now available, through Tim Connaghan and the Kringle Group LLC, is Discover Santa 2016's companion documentary, Claus Encounters: A Search for Santa, directed, as Fate would have it, by one of the event's attendees, Santa Bo Turner.

WE'VE ARRIVED: SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE™ GRUMBLED AT BY THE HUFFINGTON POST!

Who's the latest webpage to insult our fave Kringle movie? The Huffington Post, that's who! (We just talked about them here.) Santa Claus: The Movie™ is now ranked among the residents of Dan "Mighty Movie" Persons' "Temple of Bad"! Now, we're cool!

BOY, DID THEY LOVE US IN NEWTOWN ABBEY!

From the files of CarrickFergusTimes.co.uk:

As part of its 2013 Christmas film programme, Northern Ireland's Courtyard Theatre Picture House at Ballyearl, Newtown Abbey, recently offered its customers a chance to vote for the films that they would most like to see over the coming holidays. Throughout the summer, visitors to the Theatre @ the Mill's Facebook presence looked at 11 holiday blockbusters: Santa Claus: The Movie™ (natch!); The Polar Express, Lassie, Miracle on 34th Street® (presumably the 1994 version), It's a Wonderful Life®, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas, White Christmas, The Railway Children --- and, for some stupid reason, Bad Santa and The Towering Inferno. And the four films who got the most votes were: The Polar Express, Home Alone 2, Miracle on 34th Street® (1994) and It's a Wonderful Life®. Thanks to those who at least voted for us.

HAPPY 80th ANNIVERSARY, SUPERMAN!

The Man of Steel, Santa's next-door neighbor, is eight decades old, Salkind fans --- and more, DC Comics has released Action Comics® Issue #1000! Accordingly, the Jolly Old Elf has composed a very special Birthday Greeting, just for us! Man of Steel is now out on DVD and Blu-ray; click here for our thoughts on it.

"HUNTER'S FLIGHT"

From the files of the Kansas City Star, and archived by the Elves of Christmas Present, here is an inspiring, true story of the Saulsbury family who, having lost their 3-year-old daughter Hannah to cancer, sent her 5-year-old brother Hunter to make Hannah's last wish a reality: to fly into the Christmas night with Santa.....

ABOUT MACY*S "BELIEVE" CAMPAIGN:

Since Macy*s began supporting the Make-a-Wish Foundation, over $45 million has been raised for the charity, including the epic Santa Claus Project, which counterparted Yes, Virginia: The Animated Special. The half-hour CGI-animated show coincides each year with the store's official declaration of National "Believe" Day®. In addition, there's Yes, Virginia: The Musical, book and lyrics by Bill Schermerhorn, music by Wes Whatley, based upon the animation teleplay by Chris Plehal. Originally created for students in Grades 3 through 6, the show was tested by students from Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center at Loch Sheldrake, NY, who premiered the show in 2003 at Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Yes, Virginia: The Musical was later followed by Yes, Virginia --- The Concert, performed by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, John Morris Russell conducting. The live performance originated at Cincinnati Music Hall, as part of the annual Holiday at Pops Weekend, hosted by Ann Hampton Callaway. Now discover "The Lighthouse," Macy*s 2017 Believe commercial!

NICHOLAS OF MYRA, THE MOVIE:

This from Santa Kevin Klosowski from Santa's Candy Castle in Santa Claus, Indiana:

Many of you may already be familiar with the independent film Nicholas of Myra: The Story of Saint Nicholas, which hopes to be the first to share the complete saga of St. Nicholas with a worldwide audience on the big screen. It also seeks to show everyone that Santa embodies the true spirit and meaning of Christmas in a way that is deeper and more profound than most people had ever imagined. The film's writer/director, Gerald Hartke, has posted this announcement on the movie's Facebook page, regarding domestic and foreign distribution of this film:

"I'd like to thank everyone who has continued to offer words of support and encouragement for the movie, and who have asked what they can do to help. Thus far, your kind words have fueled our efforts to navigate the various obstacles which, so far, have prevented us from bringing the film to a wider, more global audience. Recently, we unveiled a plan to actively involve YOU with helping us overcome the ultimate obstacle: distribution. To prepare for our announcement of this bold initiative, we invite you to recommend our fan page at facebook.com/NicholasOfMyraMovie and recommend it to your friends and family. By liking our page, individuals will be made more aware of future announcements and events."

ST. NICHOLAS INSTITUTE'S HONORARY BANQUET:

The 6th Annual St. Nicholas Institute Honorary Banquet recently wrapped up at its new home at the St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft Avenue, Detroit, Michigan! As usual, Father Joseph Marquis, in his full Sinterklaassian splendor, served as Master of Ceremonies, with Fr. Rennie Kaufman, Associate Director, co-hosting and doing double duty as musical director. Rennie was joined by his daughter Esther. Learn more about the St. Nicholas Institute Banquet Awards Gala, and find out more about next year's event when you visit www.stnicholasinstitute.org.

PREVIEWING ABC's THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT®, YEAR SEVEN:

Over three Monday nights this December, a new season of families, whose video submissions are randomly selected from video clips submitted by families from all over the country, will showcase their Christmas displays based on originality, adherence to to the Christmas spirit, and plain ol' awesomeness! As ever, your judges are Taniya Nayak and Carter Oosterhouse, and at stake: $50,000 per each of the six episodes.

Now here's a recap of what Taniya and Carter are looking for this season:

  • Beautiful, traditional displays
  • Interesting, bold, quirky displays ---- thinking outside the box is a must!
  • Precise, elaborate, synchronized light shows
  • Next door neighbors ----- two side-by-side houses that both decorate
  • Interior decorations in addition to the exterior display
  • A Light Fight first: Unusual, unique locations ---- specifically, Parks, Churches, Community Buildings, Firehouses, Lakes, Town Squares ---- anything goes!

    Now let's recap Year Six, where Carter and Taniya went after the most beautiful, traditional displays; unique and bold displays; precise and elaborately synchronized light shows; next-door neighbors (which means, two houses that both decorate); and interior decorations along with an exterior display.

    On the Year Six Season Premiere: first, Hour One had the Waters Family from DeSoto, Texas going totally wireless; Ronkonkoma, New York's Tomasellos showcased an interactive gingerbread townhouse, complete with a full-scale ice-skating rink; the Heindels from Raleigh, NC gave their display the works, running the gamut from fun figurines to giant-sized lollipops; and Dayville, Connecticut's Amarante Family transformed 78 full-sized trees into a Christmas-light memorial to their father. Hour Two featured the Gaddys from Fayetteville, Georgia and a light display so awesome you could only drive through it; the Bachelors of Cedar Hill, Texas did it up all nice and blue; the Richins Family from Gilbert, Arizona staged a full-scale lighted musical performance, and finally, the Stewarts from Fayetteville, Arkansas spotlighted a 40-foot wall of lights, complete with a super-sized toy train ride!

    On the December 11th episode: a Light Fight first for Hour One: a "neighbors-vs.-neighbors" event! First, the Phifers from Henrico County, VA dedicated their display to the memory of Rose, mother of Bobby, owner of the property. Rose had passed away earlier in the spring. A previous Virginia family, the Thompsons from Glen Allen, had won the $50,000 prize during last season's Light Fight adventure. Also on the show: Jeffrey and Matthew Harhut from Peckville, PA decorated their yard with a fabulous double-sized display; Mike Richards and Rob Silver from Riverview, FL set up a fabulous display that combined traditional plug-in technology with light-emitting diode (LED) magic; the Sussins from Saugerties, NY showcased a display with over 215,000 lights, loads of reindeer fixtures, and a 100-year-old sleigh; and the Wrights from Dayton, TX, having been devastated by Hurricane Harvey, bravely faced adversity, ultimately winning Hour Two with a display that featured a 15-foot-tall reindeer and sleigh!

    The final two hours of Year Six began with the Latchfords from Callao, Missouri, whose lightfest was a rescue mission full of restored figures bought from and/or donated by various sources; then the Shoafs from Durham, North Carolina gave Carter something to think about with a dazzling 115,000-light display. And the Gress family from Union Beach, NJ, with 21-year-old Brandon leading the way, put together a full-out all blow-molded display with pieces captured from yard sales, garage sales and the like. But it was the Birketts from Scottsdale, AZ --- the "Holiday Outlaws," as they called themselves, who rode off into the sunset with the $50,000 by sharing a fantastic mineshaft-developed light show, described by Carter as one of the most professional pieces of propmaking he'd ever seen! Taniya took over Hour Two by starting in Waco, Texas, with the Tristans, especially 71-year-old Alice, who did the whole display all by herself, even to the point of climbing her favorite tree. (The risk paid off, because she ended up winning the $50,000 by Hour Two's end!) Her house was directly across the street from Millcrest Baptist Children's Hospital, which had taken care of her when she herself had been a patient; she had wanted give something to the children who could not join the holiday fun across the street. Next there were the Smaragdis family from Indian Trail, North Carolina, who literally made things "My Big Fat Greek Christmas Light Display,"; this was then followed by the Athens family in Mount Shasta, California, whose yard filled with 20 miles worth of old-school vintage characters (more than 125 of them!), plus a REAL horse named Pablo --- and in person, Santa and Mrs. Claus to greet the kids! And concluding the evening were the Cheslin and Laneaux familes from Longwood, Florida. Inspired by the Osborne Family Christmas Lighting Display, the men of the two houses provided the fans with over 100,000 lights and 3 1/2 miles of "purr-fect" wiring, to bring the magical house together in a spectacular fashion! Visit lightfightcasting.com now to nominate your own house, or somebody else's house, in time for Year Eight in December 2019!

    KRIS: THE LEGEND BEGINS ™

    In this new independent feature film and companion novel, a new telling of Santa's backstory reveals a middle-aged Kris Kringle confronting a personal tragedy.

    IT'S THAT CHRISTMAS MOVIE --- I'LL BE NEXT DOOR FOR CHRISTMAS

    When you're totally crazy for Christmas, chances are you're gonna have at least one Scrooge in the family --- and this new film is about her, her long-distance boyfriend, and the Christmas party they plan together. And the most exciting part is, YOU get a chance to help make this movie happen!

    BIZARRE BUT INCREDIBLE: SANTA STOLE OUR DOG! A MERRY DOGGONE CHRISTMAS !

    Starring Santa Hall of Famer Edward Asner, Yvette Rachelle as Snowflake the Elf, and the film's writer-director, Bryan Michael Stoller, this ho-ho-ho-larious romp through a four-legged friend's journey through all 12 Days of Christmas is bound to tickle everyone's funny bone! Join the Whitehaven family as they follow Santa to save their dog, Rusty! Packed with original songs from Dolly Parton, John Schnider and legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Santa Stole Our Dog! is now out on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Copy DVD from Winterland Entertainment LLC and Universal Studios Home Entertainment!

    ELF: THE MUSICAL™ TOURS AGAIN!

    The new national tour begins November 7th, continuing through December 30th, as the world watches the Buddy story that demands the fans to believe! Cast to be determined.

    THEY WERE SANTA'S ELVES ...

    They, of course, were the late Arthur Rankin, Jr., and his partner Jules Bass --- and now, famous Rankin/Bass® historian Rick Goldschmidt has taken his Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass website to its next level, with the official Enchanted World documentary film, which he also hosts and executive produces. As part of the project, Rick has also published The Arthur Rankin, Jr. Scrapbook, featuring never-before-seen printed material from the Rankin/Bass Archives.

    iHEART RADIO'S NORTH POLE RADIO PLAYLIST IS ON THE AIR!

    Santa's got his very own radio network, gang! You can even tune in if you have a fixin' for Christmas in July (or August, or whenever!)!

    HAPPY ENDING: DENVER ISC 2018!

    The International Brotherhood of Real-Bearded Santas took control of Denver's Omni Hotel Complex for its International Santa Celebration, hosted by Arvada, Colorado's own RockyMountainSanta.com and all the other Rocky Mountain Santas! This 5-day global gathering of Clauses had EVERYTHING: workshops, seminars, an exclusive fashion show, a talent-and-music show, a new Vendor Showcase and Reunion Luncheon --- and much, much more! And even Phil Wenz showed up to induct nine new Kringles into his International Santa Claus Hall of Fame, as well as welcome the next generation of Kringles! It was also a bittersweet moment for veteran Santa Bob Elkin, who announced his retirement as IBRBS' President and CEO at the end of June. To learn more about the next Gathering, write to P.O. Box 3411, La Habra, CA 90632-3411, or e-mail Chairman Fred Selinsky at fselinsky@ibrbsantas.org!

    THE JIM YELLIG SANTA CELEBRATION!

    Hosted by Santa's Elves and the Santa Claus Museum and Village, this weekend-long salute to Jim's legacy, featuring Phil Wenz, Pat Koch and her family and various special guests, spotlighted panel discussions, commentaries about Jim's life, legacy, and overall impact on life in America's Christmas Hometown. Marking the 70th Anniversary of the publication of Jim's booklet, It's Fun to Be a REAL Santa Claus, and the 10th Anniversary of the Santa Claus Oath, the event was headquartered at Santa's Lodge on West Christmas Boulevard in Santa Claus, Indiana.

    THE CHARLES W. HOWARD SANTA CLAUS SCHOOL

    It is, simply, the world's oldest and most legendary school of its kind: Midland, Michigan's one and only Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School! Always three days in October --- October 18th, 19th and 20th, to be exact ---- never compromising, never accepting advertising, and still watched over faithfully by Tom and Holly Valent! There's also a second Charles W. Howard Santa School for those who wish to attend, but are waylaid due to the main School's extensive waiting list. Tom is a Year Two inductee into the Santa Claus Hall of Fame, whose Claus class remains the undisputed crown jewel in our business. Here's the New York Times profile and video of one particular session at Midland.

    AND NOT TO BE OUTDONE.....

    Denver, Colorado's American Events and Promotions' Professional Santa Claus School, conducted by Susan Mesco, prepares for its 37th Annual Session at the Central Denver Conference Center, August 30th through September 3rd, 2019. It's the nation's most comprehensive educational program devoted specifically to the training of professional Santas and Mrs. Clauses! But this year, Susan is taking her act on the road; details at SantaVisitsUSA.com/SantaSchoolOnTour!

    SANTA'S HOLIDAY SCHEDULE, 2018:

    So another successful World Santa Claus Congress is in the history books after its biggest, happiest celebration in recent years! We always count on our friends from Bakken, the world's oldest, continuously operational amusement park, in Klampenbourg, Denmark, near Copenhagen, to give us a big party --- and way past much, much more! So stay tuned, because there's still a whole lot more happening in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas Eve!

    TUNE IN TO FATHERCHRISTMAS.TV!

    Join Santa Nigel Harvey in his secret storytelling grotto in London, where his latest adventures come to magnificent, elegantly real life! You can also count down with Nigel here! Nigel also stars in a new holiday musical, Santa, Santa!

    THE GREATEST SUPERWORKOUT OF THEM ALL:

    You've believed a man can fly before, Salkind fans, but now, get ready to give your Blu-ray player the Greatest Superworkout EVER! Now from Warner Home Video: It's a bird, it's a plane --- it's Superman®: The Complete Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2013 --- and, like its predecessor, it is beyond faster than a speeding bullet! We're talking Superman: The Movie® in its Original Theatrical Release and 2000 Expanded Versions; Superman II® in its Original Theatrical Version and the Richard Donner Cut; Superman® III; WB/Cannon's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace; Bryan Singer's Superman Returns™ and Zack Snyder's Man of Steel™! Plus, two making-of documentaries narrated by Ernie Anderson; Superman's 50th Birthday Special, hosted by Dana Carvey, and executive produced by Lorne Michaels; the SuperIII making-of, narrated by Al Matthews; the 2001 documentaries hosted by Marc McClure; vintage Supertoons from Max and Dave Fleischer; an exclusive-to-Blu-ray tribute to Christopher and Dana Reeve --- and tons more! Can you handle it all?!

    SUPERBOY: THE SERIES --- THE DOCUMENTARY:

    It was the only TV show good enough to be an Alexander and Ilya Salkind Production --- and now, one of its longtime fans, Rennie Cowan, hosts, directs and executive produces this full-length documentary about the legacy of Superboy: The Series (a/k/a The Adventures of Superboy). Other than Ilya Salkind, the documentary features interviews with stars John Haymes Newton, Gerard Christopher, Stacy Haiduk and Jim Calvert. Click here for more details, e-mail Ronnie at superboytheater@yahoo.com, or log onto KryptonChronicles.com.

    (We should also note that Superboy: The Series --- The Complete Second Season, along with The Adventures of Superboy: The Complete Third Season, are currently available on Blu-ray and HD DVD from DC Comics and Warner Home Video.)

    THEN AND NOW WITH SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE™:

    WBKR-FM Radio in Owensboro, KY offers this revealing look at the Santa Claus: The Movie™ cast --- then .... and now!

    SANTA CLAUS: MORE OF THE MUSIC!

    Prior to Quartet Records' recent announcement, we received word about another version of the Santa Claus: The Movie™ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, composed and conducted by Henry Mancini. This version is available through the website iOffer.com, and contains two bonus tracks for material presumably never used in the film: Carol for Another Christmas and The Christmas Song (it must be assumed that this version is NOT the Nat "King" Cole original). Click here for the full details.

    THE INTERNATIONAL SANTA CLAUS HALL OF FAME!

    The website alone should explain things, but for you newcomers, the Santa Claus Hall of Fame is dedicated to the study and research of some of the most iconic Santas and Mrs. Clauses in history. The Hall's mission: to document the men and women who over the years have contributed to carrying on Santa's Christmas legacy. Headquartered at Santa's Candy Castle in Santa Claus, Indiana, the Hall of Fame now numbers 56 inductees. They are:

  • Edmund Gwenn, London, England
  • Charles W. Howard, Albion, New York
  • Robert George, Columbus, Nebraska
  • Raymond Joseph (Jim) Yellig, Santa Claus, Indiana
  • George Smith, Jackson, Tennessee
  • Bill Strother, Richmond, Virginia
  • Doug Mellor, Chicago, Illinois
  • Carl Hansen, Scotts Valley, California
  • Ray Jochum, Saint Henry, Indiana
  • Nate Doan, Bay City, Michigan
  • George McClintock, Lake Arrowhead, California
  • James D. Rielly, Bristol, Rhode Island
  • James Edgar, Brockton, Massachusetts
  • Phillip L. Wenz, East Dundee, Illinois
  • Brady White, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Joseph Marquis, Detroit, Michigan
  • Don Goers, Dundee, Illinois
  • Dan Rowe, Richmond, Virginia
  • Victor Nevada, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Jimmy Lomax, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Tom Valent, Midland, Michigan
  • Jay Long, Nitro, West Virginia
  • William Gray, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Tim Connaghan, Hollywood, California and Long Island City, New York
  • Mickey Rooney, Hollywood, California
  • Dr. Carl Anderson, Austin, Texas
  • Cliff Snider, High Point, North Carolina
  • Jim Morrison, Paradise, Pennsylvania
  • Charles Edward Hall, New York City, New York
  • Mary Ida Doan, Bay City, Michigan
  • Lucky Squire, Budapest, Hungary
  • Leroy Scholtz, North Pole, New York
  • Ed Butchart, Stone Mountain, Georgia
  • J. Paul Raines, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Bruce Templeton, St. John's Newfoundland, Canada
  • Postmaster James F. Martin, Santa Claus, Indiana
  • Sam Militello, St. Clair, Michigan
  • Haddon Sundblom, Chicago, Illinois
  • Ron Robertson, San Juan Capistrano, California
  • Tim Cavender, Ball Ground, Georgia
  • George Cond, Orleans County, New York
  • Mrs. Pat Koch, Santa Claus, Indiana
  • Ed Asner, Los Angeles, California
  • Christian Jorgen Nielsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Tom Hartsfield, St. George, Utah
  • John Buckreis, Merrifield, Virginia
  • William Wincapaw, Penobscot Bay, Maine
  • James Dyer, Wake Forest, North Carolina
  • Richard Brookins, Rochester, New York
  • Timothy Mack, Santa Claus, Indiana
  • Henry Harvey, Wichita, Kansas
  • Stephan F. Gillham, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Irene Milan, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
  • Bob Elkin, Tampa, Florida
  • Carl Immediato, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Dutch Schrap, Douglasville, Pennsylvania
  • Joe Gerard, Cleburne, Texas
  • Leon McBryde, Buchanan, Virginia

    5 EXCELLENT SANTA CLAUS DOCUMENTARIES!

    KQ4 invites our fellow Kringles to check out five exciting documentary features about the magic of Santa! First, They Wore the Red Suit: The Santa Documentary, written, directed and photographed by Larry Peter, examines three aspects of the Kringleverse: "the legend of Santa, the vocation of being Santa, and the Santa industry, showing how all three have merged into the public's perception of what Santa is today." They Wore the Red Suit is a project of Power Plant Productions LLC. Meanwhile, Becoming Santa, directed by Jeff Myers, introduces us to Jack Sanderson. For a single year, Myers' camera follows Jack as he struggles to triumph in his efforts of becoming a successful first-time Kringle! This was the 2010 South by Southwest Festival Audience Award Winner; and so far, it has generated a whole lotta buzz! Next, there's John Paget and James Waugh's Believe! The True Story of Real-Bearded Santas, which explores the passion, joy and wonder that go with being a Real-Bearded Santa! In a fourth documentary, Tommy Avallone's I am Santa Claus, we meet five Real-Bearded Santas ---- four of whom have done the job before, and one getting his first exposure to the Kringleverse. We watch as these five Clauses reveal their true, human side. To see footage from the new film, click here. Finally, there's Santa Land, in which we meet Ray and Marlene Kraatz, official Santa and Mrs. Claus of Zephyrhills, Florida, as they spend what will later prove to be their last days on Earth attending the 2009 Santa Gathering at Branson, Missouri.

    NORTH POLE, NY: THE DOCUMENTARY

    It was, and is, America's first true theme park. And its incredible true story is told in this fascinating documentary, whose world premiere was held at the Somerville Theatre, as part of the Boston Independent Film Festival, as a result of a massive Kickstarter campaign that ended with $23,218 in overall contributions! Here, finally, is the REAL story of Santa's Workshop at North Pole, New York, and the family that continues to run it against literally impossible odds! Congratulations, producer Christa Orth, director Ali Cotterill, and all who were involved in the making of this delightful film! An encore screening was held at the Lake Placid, New York Center for the Arts! The filmmakers and some of those appearing in the film then headlined a live panel discussion. A third successful screening took place at the Bow Tie Cinema, in Red Bank, NJ, as part of the Indie Street Film Festival. And the filmmakers, most of the participants, and especially Santa all attended the exclusive Post-Screening Party! Next scheduled premieres: Saturday, 10/27 @ the Clinton Street Theatre Public Domain Xinema, Portland, OR; and Sunday, 10/28 @ the Northwest Film Forum, Seattle! For both sessions, Santa and the filmmakers will be available for Q&A, meet-n'-greets, photo/selfie ops. etc. Visit the Facebook and Twitter presences to discover more about this wonderful park, where Santa still rules long after the rest of the Whiteface Mountain landscape gave up long, long ago!

    IBRBS TAMPA SUCCESS!

    The IBRBS had a successful first International Santa Claus Convention in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida. For a look back, check out facebook.com/groups/IBRBSantas/!

    CAROLINA CHRISTMAS FUN @ CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY!

    Carolina Christmas is a spectacular 2 1/2-mile drive-thru park and village on the track and infield of Charlotte, North Carolina Motor Speedway. It's one of the biggest-ever holiday LED shows on American soil, encompassing over 500 displays, plus a realistic Living Nativity, and special kids' zones with food, rides, and Santa photo ops. The LED technology used to create Carolina Christmas generates over 12,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, less than 10 typical North Carolina households in a given month. Salisbury, NC-based Miller Davis is the event's official management company.

    THE LAST SIGNATURES:

    There were three officially sanctioned Closing Santa Claus Oath Ceremonies in the epic saga of the Great Santa Claus Oath Book! The first was held at the National Christmas Center in Paradise, Lancaster County, PA (long since closed); the second, at Charles W. Howard's old homestead in Albion, New York; and the third and final ceremony, at Santa's Candy Castle in Santa Claus, Indiana, starting point of the Book's epic journey. The Book remains sealed and protected in its Santa Claus Time Capsule, which itself has been buried beneath the World's Largest Santa Claus Statue. Here's what's in that Time Capsule:

    The Complete Santa Claus Oath Book, including:

  • Santa Claus Oath Book Title Page
  • Dedication
  • Origins of the Oath
  • Dedication to Jim Yellig, Including Bio
  • Dedication to Charles W. Howard, Including Bio
  • Memorial for the Outstanding Santas of the Past
  • History of the First Santa Claus Group
  • History of the First Santa Claus Convention
  • Timeline of Santa Claus Conventions
  • Official Santa Claus' Prayer
  • An original poem, "What Matters"
  • Santa Claus Oath Title Page
  • Memorial Tribute to Will Koch
  • The October 2008 Meeting of the Two Grandsons
  • Signed Santa Claus Oath Page by the Two Grandsons
  • Witnesses' Page
  • Official Page for the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School
  • Ambassador's Page for the City of Santa Claus, Indiana
  • History of Santa's Candy Castle
  • Santa Claus Oath Committee
  • Info on the Traveling Santa Claus Oath
  • Dedication to the Santas of the World
  • St. Nicholas Historical Overview
  • How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus
  • Title Page, Signatory and the Signature Pages

    The Time Capsule also includes:

  • Special Letters
  • Media Files
  • An Original Brick from Santa's Candy Castle
  • Historical Documentations

    So when will the world see the Book again? Saturday, November 3rd, 2035, that's when --- the 100th Anniversaries of four significant Santa-related events, all of which took place in 1935 A.D.: the founding of Santa's Candy Castle in Santa Claus, Indiana; the dedication of the Town of Santa Claus' World's Largest Santa Statue; the founding by Santa Jim Yellig of the Santa Claus American Legion; and the first year in which Charles W. Howard began his career as a department store Santa Claus! Team KQ4 salutes Legendary Santa Claus Phil Wenz for his efforts as creator and author of the Santa Claus Oath; and we certainly hope that the next generation of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Elves, Helpers, and Reindeer Handlers will be there to renew the spirit kept alive by those who have gone before them. Please send your tributes and thank-you notes to Phil at santafromsantasvillage@msn.com

    SPECIAL TREAT: A SANTA SAFARI!

    When New York Times staff photographer Fred R. Conrad decided he wanted to pursue Santa, he did it in a very big and a very cool way! Check it out; and check out some of the Times' visions of Santa in glorious black-and-white!

    DOOLEY DOES FACEBOOK!

    Santa Claus: The Movie™ is too jam-packed to be saluted by just one website! That's why there's the KringleQuest Group on Facebook, where the latest Santa-themed and/or Santa-related news, events and info has a newer, more advanced headquarters! Look for the KQ Group at Facebook.com, Keyword: "KringleQuest Group." You can also find several members of the Danish Santa Claus Guild on Facebook, too; simply type their names in the search window, and then you can take it from there.

    WELCOME BACK TO SANTA'S VILLAGE, EAST DUNDEE:

    It had shut its gates in September 2005, and it gave Phil Wenz his many years of inspiration. Now, like the Phoenix arisen from its own ashes, Santa's Village has returned, bringing a new kind of Christmas magic to the folks in East Dundee, Illinois. Check out their Facebook presence, along with Phil's book-length history of Santa's Village East Dundee, in bookstores now from Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.

    THE 2018 NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING EVENT:

    Scheduled for Wednesday, November 28th, the second National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony of the Trump Presidency will again make President's Park in Washington, D.C. sparkle! For now, watch last year's show online at http://www.thenationaltree.org, which is produced by the National Park Foundation Hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford, Dean Cain and Jack Wagner, with special guests Mannheim Steamroller and the Beach Boys, last year's show also featured 5-time Grammy Award legend Wynonna; current country music star Craig Campbell, husband-and-wife folk/pop stars Us: The Duo, America's Got Talent veterans The Texas Tenors; pianist Brett James; and the Boys II Bow Ties Steppers' Group, led by Daryll Blakely. Backing them up as the house band: the U.S. Navy Band, led by Emmy-nominated musical director Steve Gibson. Gary Maines, Founding Pastor at SouthPoint Church, Fairfax, VA, took on the role of Santa. Also on the show: comments from Father Francis Foley, Command Chaplain, U.S. Military Academy, West Point; Park Ranger Shalini Gopie; Park Foundation President Will Shafroth; and Agriculture Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Ivanka Trump's first major reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. This year's show was co-produced by AEG and Brad Krevoy Television.

    SUPERMAN: THE MUSIC!

    From the Editors of Film Score Monthly Magazine: this 8-CD set explores the entire decade of music that, in Richard Donner's words, literally speaks the word Superman! Starting with a remastered vision of John Williams' complete score, including previously unreleased cues, the set ventures into the never-before-heard complete scores from Superman II and III, composed and conducted by Ken Thorne, plus the complete Quest for Peace adaptations by Alexander Courage. Two additional discs are also stuffed with never-before-released material, along with complete versions of the four credited songs featured in Superman III --- "They Won't Get Me," sung by Roger Miller; "Rock On!", performed by the Marshall Crenshaw Band; "No See, No Cry," performed by Chaka Khan; and the Love Theme. The set concludes with Ron Jones' themes from the 1988 Ruby-Spears Superman Animated Series. Superman: The Music is now available exclusively at ScreenArchives.com.

    CHRISTMAS NEWS UPDATES!

    Christmas always finds a way to make headlines. That's why KQ4 is your Santa Claus NewsCenter! From our connections with MyMerryChristmas.com to our key news-gathering partner, the ClausNET.com Gazette, we bring you the Santa stories YOU wanna find out about, while we scan the latest celebrity Santa sightings from the files of WireImage.com and GettyImages.com! So, if it has to do with the season, or Santa, you know we're here, ready for action! Our name's KringleQuest.com, Fourth Edition, but our URL remains like it always was: http://kringlequest.tripod.com --- and even if there's bound to be more and more spectacular interest in Christmas headlines from all over the world, with your help, we're gonna stay the ONLY website that covers them ALL!

    MORE CHRISTMAS NEWS UPDATES!

    SantaUpdate.com's revolutionary tracking system still has what it takes to scan the skies for the ol' sleigh!

    SOLDIERS IN A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE .... TO DEFEND CHRISTMAS!

    That's us all over --- and one website is as dedicated to the cause as we are! Click here to enlist in the War on the War on Christmas!

    THE MONTH OF NICE!

    The Month of Nice Campaign is brought to you by our pals at ClausIBelieve.com! Every Christmas Season, from Thanksgiving to New Year's, Santa wants you all to simply BE NICE. The idea is that, if you can make the commitment to be nice to yourself and to others every single day, then maybe --- just maybe --- the holidays can be a magical time of year for EVERYBODY! So just say it to yourselves: "I, (your name here), do hereby pledge and promise to be nice in the Month of Nice." 39 days, one mission: BE NICE. Please.

    THE RISE, FALL AND AFTERMATH OF CELEBRATE SANTA:

    It was the only convention ever of its kind, where over 850 Santa Ambassadors from all over the world, along with their Mrs. Clauses and other Helpers, descended upon Branson, Missouri's Radisson Hotel, for an unprecedented 4-day festival of camaraderie, seminars, workshops, training, and more! The Amalgamated Order of Real-Bearded Santas had staged its first-ever National Convention, Discover Santa! From Dealing with Special Needs Children and their Families to The Business and Literature of Santa and Christmas, from Working with the Photo Companies to Myths and Truths About Reindeer, from How to Start or Expand Your Own Santa Business to The Reason for the Season and the Symbols of Christmas --- over 50 professional Kringles took on more than 30 workshops and forums covering Santa topics unlike any that ever were experienced before!

    In addition, there was a 3-day Trade Show, open to all delegates and their families, as well as the general public, where 20 professional organizations spotlighted their own connections to Santa. And that wasn't all! Russian-born comedian and resident Branson legend Yakov Smirnoff was personally inducted into the AORBS Inner Circle; and the festivities also included an official Parade and Chorus of AORBS Delegates (no doubt, all the major network morning news shows, as well as all national and local print and electronic media covered all the hoopla), along with special appearances by cast members from almost every live attraction in and around Branson; and even the first-ever concert by (get this!) the One and Only Official Real Santa Band!

    That Band consisted of: Bob Gerardi, lead vocals; Bruce Long, backing vocals; Allan Buford and Rick Harden, drums and percussion; Charlie Allen, accordion, Cliff Snider, fiddle; Jac Grimes, trombone; Larry June, guitar, mandolin and ukelele; Ralph Brakus, guitar, ukelele, fiddle and kazoo; Jim Tait, string bass; Patricia Tait, Celtic harp and lead female vocals; Luther (Luke) Augustein, six- and 12-string guitars; Roger Tripp, acoustic guitars and harmonica; Warren Clement, saxophones; Gary Sula-Goff, music director; lead and backing vocals; and keyboards, synthesizers and programming! Accompanying the musicians were the Real Santa Vocal Chorus, under the direction of Reese Williams!

    In addition, one of THE true Santa Legends brought his own special Santa magic to the Convention --- Dr. Carl Anderson, Ph.D. Dr. Carl has been a professional Santa for almost 40 years; with his wife and partner, Peyton Hayslip, their Thistle Mouse Productions provides magical merriment for children and families throughout Austin, Texas and beyond.

    But then came.....

    THIS AMERICAN LIFE W/IRA GLASS' EPISODE #371: "SCENES FROM A MALL," DECEMBER 26TH, 2008

    .... in which Ira and his team visited the Cool Springs Galleria Mall in Franklin, Tennessee, to explore the life of a mall in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Centerpiece of the hour was Segment Three, "Santa Fight Club," Josh Bearman's hard-hitting 27-minute expose on two controversial Kringles! (There had been plans to bring "Santa Fight Club" to the big screen when Paramount Pictures and producer Scott Rudin announced that they were developing a comedy based on this saga, to be titled The Santa Wars. But in the intervening years, the Santa Wars project was abandoned for various reasons.)

    But the real heart of the controversy occurred when the husband-and-wife Kringle team of Joe and Mary Moore singlehandedly transformed the Gatlinburg, Tennessee Convention Center into the homebase for the first Celebrate Santa! Festival and Convention, conceived to mark the 70th Anniversary of the first-ever gathering of Kringles in New York City: the first General Meeting of the Benevolent Order of Santa Claus, founded by Charles W. Howard and several others to call attention to Santa's department store presence in the Big Apple. In November 1939, that first assembly was held at the Hotel St. George in Midtown Manhattan! Some seven decades later, over three incredible days, over 115 vendors and exhibitors welcomed over 700 Santas and Mrs. Clauses, Elves, reindeer (including 35 of their best breeders and owners) and other Helpers of all sizes, shapes and descriptions, regardless of experience, affiliation or interest, representing 39 American States and three Canadian Provinces! And at the heart of the entire event: the Inaugural Holly & Shamrock Parade and Gala Ball, staged, appropriately enough, on St. Patrick's Day! St. Nicholas met up with St. Patrick, so to speak, as parade marchers wore their full Santa and/or Mrs. Claus regalia, and even dressed up as their favorite Leprechaun(s)!

    The Parade attracted an estimated 20,000 spectators who marveled at all the floats, bagpipe and traditional brass bands, and Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Elves, Leprechauns and assorted other red- and green-suited enthusiasts of every shape, size and description who marched along the center of Gatlinburg's main thoroughfare! About 5 million lights lit up the afternoon's festivities; later that evening, a special silent auction was held, to benefit East Tennessee Children's Hospital and SantaAmerica.org. Santa Ernest introduced SantaAmerica.org, along with special guest elves Cathy Barnette and Nita McQuee.

    Santa Jim Morrison brought along several items direct from the long-since-closed National Christmas Center, with a St. Nicholas Museum set up right at his booth, too! And there was tons of local, national and international media covering the event as well, to say nothing of several entertainers from the Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga areas!

    Wanna get the whole story? Click here to see our Special Recap of all the fun! The best gallery of photos from Gatlinburg is over here, too! And in March 2010, Celebrate Santa: What a Wonderful World kicked off with a second spectacular Holly & Shamrock Parade, where the stars and producers of the indie feature Nicholas of Myra served as Grand Marshals! The full 3-day Convention was highlighted, among other things, by the first-ever Jingle Bell Ball, dedicated to the theme Magic Under the Mistletoe!

    But the plans for the 2011 Celebrate Santa Festival were not as legitimate as we had previously announced. The Moores had intended to make several negotiations to move the 2011 Parade, Convention and Festival to Nashville, Tennessee .... and to do everything during the third weekend in May, 2011! And yet there was to be much, much more to the fiasco itself than was originally revealed. It began when the City of Gatlinburg sued Joe and Mary Moore, who'd organized the Celebrate Santa Festival at the Convention Center during the last two years. The suit, filed in Sevier County Chancery Court on August 20th, 2010, accused the Moores of failure to pay the City for use of the Convention Center and assorted concessions. Total amounts: over $69,000! In the end, the Moores were forced to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which also meant that they'd have to liquidate all non-exempt assets --- which, oddly enough, they never even claimed.

    And just when it couldn't get any weirder, what happened next? Charlie and Cindylu Thomas launched ClausFest Gatlinburg, at the Convention Center. The Thomases had hoped to transform ClausFest into a biannual event; all that changed with the passing of Cindylu Thomas in 2016. But it all came to a very jolly, and an obviously very happy ending earlier this spring when the Santa Family Reunion successfully wrapped up. Visit the various Santa-related Facebook presences for photos and videos galore!

    HIPHATS' DREAM FULFILLED: SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE ON THE ULTIMATE DVD!

    Richard Donner's Director's Cut of Superman II and the Christopher Reeve Superman Collection are all available from Warner Home Video! And of course, Jim Bowers has contributed imagery from his CapedWonder.com to all future Superman DVD marketing and packaging. As you know, Richard Donner had been fired by the Salkinds after having finished up both Superman: The Movie and Superman II, yet some 70% of the two films had been completed but unreleased, despite the fact that portions of Donner's footage were used in SuperII, although not nearly all of it. Well, Donner and Warner Home Video have created a version of the first two Superman movies, according to Donner's original vision. The package has a set of original featurettes, in addition to the Marc McClure-hosted documentaries --- plus, the two complete making-of documentaries narrated by Ernie Anderson; Superman's 50th Anniversary Special, hosted by Dana Carvey, and executive produced by Saturday Night Live founder Lorne Michaels; the Superman III making-of, narrated by Al Matthews --- and much, much more! There's also audio commentary with Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler, too. And so, after a long-overdue decade, Hiphats' dream, which he has championed since September 1996, is finally and once-and-for-all realized! Click here for Richard Washington's very special letter to our first great Salkind standard-bearer!

    HARLAN KENNEDY INTERVIEWS THE SALKINDS:

    From the pages of Film Comment, June 1983, here's a rare treat indeed: Alexander and Ilya Salkind, in their own words....

    HE'S THE SANTA TO THE STARS: BRADY WHITE!

    As mentioned, this longtime friend of, and consultant to, KQ4, is also an inductee into the Santa Claus Hall of Fame! Brady has loads of photos at Flickr.com and GettyImages.com, along with a cool YouTube clip called "Santa's Wrap," which you can also download at CDBaby.com/cd/BWhiteSanta!

    SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE™ @ WIKIPEDIA!

    When Richard noticed that fans of Santa Claus: The Movie™ didn't have their own place on Wikipedia, he decided that something had to be done! Now, the Wikifolks bring you a full-length article about the film itself, along with two additional articles: one about Ilya Salkind; the other about Santa himself, David Huddleston.

    MORE SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE™ @ YOUTUBE:

    Our look at Santa Claus: The Movie™ on YouTube began with a 24-year-old L.A. dude calling himself "Wildchats," who was obviously just as obsessed with Santa Claus: The Movie™ as we were --- so much so, in fact, that he put eight of his favorite scenes from the film on YouTube.com! While the quality of the footage sucked, you couldn't deny how much of a fan he was! Sadly, the eight scenes were removed from YouTube; however, we've since found a few other ways for you to check out Santa Claus: The Movie™ from a YouTuber's perspective --- from Sheena Easton's Christmas All Over the World to two classic Kodak commercials, one of which was actually filmed right on the Santa Claus: The Movie™ set at Pinewood Studios! (Look for appearances by Dooley, Puffy, Boog, Honka, Vout and Goober!) And for more 'Tubin', check this out! And this! And this! And this! And how about this! And this one, we just found to be too darn funny!)

    KQ4'S CLASSIC BANNER!

    What's new again: an old way to link to us becomes a new way to link to us! Preview here!

    THE 62nd ANNUAL WORLD SANTA CLAUS CONGRESS!

    Visit www.wscc.dk for the complete schedule of events for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 25th, 26th and 27th, 2019! And click here for photos from the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 World Santa Claus Congresses at Bakken, the world's oldest continuously operational amusement park, near Copenhagen, Denmark! And for previous photos from Per Krogh Petersen, click here and here! You can also explore the Danish Santa Claus Guild by clicking here, and then click here for our look at the proceedings, "King of the Kiddies, Revisited!"

    FOR OUR ILYA SALKIND FANS:

    Click here for an expanded, three-part interview with Ilya; and get more of the real stories straight from Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler by visiting their separate pages on Facebook, with photos, updates, anecdotes and more! You can also click here for even more stuff from our hero, and visit the Hungersite, Ilya Salkind's official charity, where visitors learn about how to support organizations that are committed to feeding the children of the world.

    And as always, click here for our "Return of Ilya Salkind" editorial!

    WE'RE #96!

    #96? What list, exactly? Why, the case file of The Onion's "My Year of Flops," where Nathan Rabin seeks, in nearly 200 chapters, to bring you a few life lessons via a journey into some of the 20th and 21st Centuries' greatest bad movies! Be warned, though: this blog presents language that may not be suitable for all audiences.

    LOOK WHO ELSE NOTICED US!

    Santa Claus: The Movie™ still has its share of lovers and haters. Here are several of each, starting with Forbes Magazine! Forbes.com Contributor Scott Mendelson's piece is called "When Superman: The Movie® Became Santa Claus: The Movie™;" while The Corner Critic's December 6th, 2011 grumbles at the movie; and there was a Christmas Eve 2008 episode of the weird blog Vinnie Rattolle's You'll Never Get Out! that spotlighted Marvel® Comics' Santa Claus: The Movie™ adaptation, with the addition of a link to KQ4 (Thanks, Vinnie!); ParentPreviews.com gave us their own assessments on the film; and even the Los Angeles Times has ranked our Kringle, David Huddleston, among the best on-screen Santas, in a web-gallery spotlighting the best and worst Santas in the movies. We even got ranked in OpenSalon.com's Film Warriors' 12 Days of Cinema; we got dissed by Brian Salisbury at FilmSchoolRejects.com; and we made #9 on A Dusty Corner's Nice List; and even Millionaire Playboy liked our good parts, too! Even Retroland.com has a few things to say about The Movie; while The Onion's A.V. Club has pondered the question: "Why is Santa Claus: The Movie™ So Merrily Maligned?" Cool, huh?

    SO, WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING @ KQ4?

    Well, with Man of Steel on DVD, we're sharing our opinions about it in our KQ.commentary; then we salute one special musical Santa named George Heid, Sr.; and then, there's the full text of "Day of the Elves," the Prologue to the KringleQuest book that will in time serve as this website's companion piece; then you have the KQ4 Blog; and then there's Richard's review of the first version of the Santa Claus: The Movie™ DVD. Then, in a more serious vein, Richard also presents another KQ.commentary, this one focusing on Dudley Moore's possible dark side!

    A BRIEF B.Z. TOYS UPDATE:

    Our nasty ol' B.Z. is about to portray someone probably a lot more controversial! John and Laurie Metcalf will star on Broadway as you-know-who in Hillary & Clinton, by Lucas Hnath, and directed by Joe Mantello."In the early days of 2008," we are told, "Hillary (Metcalf) hopes to rescue her campaign to run for President, while Bill (John) tries to cope with the quest." Hillary & Clinton begins previews March 16th, 2019, and opens April 18th; theatre to be determined.

    As you can imagine, John Lithgow has been everywhere: 2017 Screen Actors Guild Award Winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Miniseries or TV Movie, and 2017 Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, both for his role as Sir Winston Churchill, in Netflix's docudrama series, The Crown! So did Claire Foy, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Claire, of course, starred as Elizabeth II herself); while the show itself was nominated for a second straight Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Dramatic Series! The Crown is currently streaming old and new episodes! (Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love was also up for the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Made-for-TV Movie.)

    John was part of the ensemble cast in Late Night, a romantic drama about a late night talk show host, played by Emma Thompson, who is about to lose her long-running program just as she prepares to hire the show's first ever female head writer, portrayed by Mindy Kaling, who also wrote and executive produced the film, directed by Nisha Ganatra. Hugh Dancy and Paul Walter Hauser also starred in the film, currently streaming.

    Also currently streaming, as well as being available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital DVD is John's short-lived NBC series, Trial & Error. Set in the fictitious Southern town of East Peck, John stars as Larry Henderson, an eccentric college professor recently arrested for the murder of his wife. Nicholas D'Agosto co-stars as Josh Segal, the New York City attorney assigned to Larry's case. John's most recent big screen appearance found him co-starring with Salma Hayek and Connie Britton in Roadside Attractions' dark romantic comedy, Beatriz @ Dinner, also currently on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital DVD. John also took to the stage of the Roundabout Theatre, for his one-man show Stories by Heart, where he took an entire cast of characters from short stories by P.G. Wodehouse and Ring Lardner, Jr. and gave them his own personal nuance.

    Turning to other Lithgow developments, John returned to the life of big beautiful Rebel Wilson, in Universal Studios' Pitch Perfect 3, now out on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital DVD; and John's ninth children's book, Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez, is in bookstores from Simon & Schuster, and once you read it, you'll understand why you shouldn't! Hear John in Disney/Pixar's The Good Dinosaur,, also on DVD, DVD Digital and Blu-ray, and also starring Neil Patrick Harris, Frances McDormand, Bill Hader, Judy Greer, Sam Elliott, and newcomer Lucas Neff!

    As we said, John was Sir Winston Churchill on Season One of The Crown, the story of the first years of the reign of Elizabeth II, portrayed by Claire Foy (who won the SAG Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie), with Matt Smith co-starring as young Prince Phillip. The show follows Elizabeth and Phillip from their wedding in 1947, right up to the present day. Written, created and executive produced by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon), and already guaranteed a six-season commitment, The Crown also stars, among others, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother; Jared Harris as King George VI; Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret; and Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary. Currently starring Olivia Coleman as Her Majesty, The Crown's second season of six, as we noted, was nominated for a second Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series!

    John also joined Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson in Daddy's Home 2, also out now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Copy DVD.

    Other ways to see and hear John include: Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and in Ira Sachs' Love is Strange. All are now out on DVD, Blu-ray and DVD Digital Copy. And check out John's more intellectual side as he narrates Einstein's Big Idea! Also available on DVD, DVD Digital Copy and Blu-ray from PBS Video, this 2-hour special edition of NOVA tells the story of how E=mc2 came into being. Check out the transcript!

    THE ADVENTURE COMES ALIVE IN HI-DEF BLU-RAY!

    In video stores now: Lionsgate Home Entertainment brings you a new way to discover the world of Santa Claus: The Movie™! The entire film, in all its widescreen glory, upgraded for a hi-definition generation, along with the making-of documentary; Jeannot Szwarc in conversation with Scott Michael Bosco; all four trailers; and profiles of both Jeannot and Dudley Moore! Plus, an exclusive to Blu-ray look at the filming of the Press Conference sequence, along with first-time looks at deleted scenes (the ones they didn't show you on previous DVD editions)! Vendequm viewers, this is one sleigh ride you NEED to be in on! Click here for our Brief Footnote to our Alexander Salkind: In Memoriam segment! Then, click here for a Christmas Eve Message from our Boss Elf, Richard Washington!

    And you can always leave us a holiday or other message by e-mailing us, at either Richard@ElfWithoutJingles.com via blackbeardpirate81@yahoo.com or at Santa@ElfWithoutJingles.com!

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