How We Got Here:
A list of source material, with a few thank-you's from Richard.....
Needless to say, no website about Santa Claus can build itself. There were plenty of people, books and other media that were instrumental in making KringleQuest.com, Fifth Edition, possible. So now, let us acknowledge those who have aided your humble Elf Without Jingles in keeping this site "the definitive homepage about Santa Claus: The Movie™," starting with the source material:
- Michael Sauter: The Worst Movies of All Time; or, What WERE They Thinking? Secaucus, NJ: Carol Publishing Group, 1995.
- Mark Connolly, editor: Christmas @ the Movies: Images of Christmas in American, British and European Cinema. London: I.B. Tauris & Co., Ltd., 2000.
- Gary & Susan Svehla, compilers: It's Christmas Time @ the Movies. Baltimore: Midnight Marquee Press, 1998.
- Frank Thompson: American Movie Classics' "Great Christmas Movies." Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co., 1998.
- William D. Crump: How the Movies Saved Christmas: 228 Rescues from Clausnappers, Sleigh Crashes, Lost Presents and Holiday Disasters. Jefferson, North Carolina: MacFarland and Company, 2017.
- John Caps: Henry Mancini: .....Reinventing Film Music. Urbana, Chicago and Springfield, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 2012.
- Barbara Paskin: Dudley Moore: The Melancholy Clown --- An Authorized Biography. Beverly Hills: New Millennium Press, 2000.
- John Glen with Marcus Hearn: For My Eyes Only: Directing the James Bond Films --- An Autobiography. Cambridge, England: Signum Books, 2001 (revised 2015).
- Judy Cornwell: The Adventures of a Jelly Baby: A Memoir. London: Sidgwick & Jackson/Macmillan, 2005.
- Jake Rossen: Superman ® vs. Hollywood: How Fiendish Producers, Devious Directors and Warring Writers Grounded an American Icon. Foreword by Mark Millar. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2008.
- Andrew Yule: The Man Who "Framed" the Beatles: A Biography of Richard Lester. New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc., 1994.
- Jeremy Arnold: Turner Classic Movies' "Christmas in the Movies." New York: Hachette Publishing Group, 2018.
- Bruce Scivally: Superman ® on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway. Jefferson, North Carolina: MacFarland and Company, 2009.
- Brad Ricca: Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the Creators of Superman ®. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2013.
- Larry Tye: Superman ®: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero. New York: Random House, 2012.
- Glen Weldon: Superman ®: The Unauthorized Biography. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2013.
- Ed Butchart, Founder/President, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children: The Red Suit Diaries: A Real-Life Santa on Hopes, Dreams and Childlike Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Fleming H. Revell/Baker Books, 2003.
- Charles Edward Hall with Bret Witter: Santa Claus is for Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing. New York: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, 2014.
- Ace Collins: Stories Behind the Best-Loved Christmas Songs. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003.
- Andy Griffith's "The Christmas Guest." Based upon the Song by Grandpa Jones and Bill Walker; and on the Short Story Where Love Is, God Is by Leo Tolstoy. Nashville: J. Countryman/Thos. Nelson Publishers, 2003.
- The Autobiography of Santa Claus, Revised Edition --- as told to Jeff Guinn, Books Editor, Fort Worth Star-Telegram. NYC: Jeremy P. Tarcher Books, Penguin Putnam, 2003.
- Chip Davis (story and concept); Jill Stern (text): Mannheim Steamroller's "A Night Like No Other." NYC: Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, 2003.
- Joan D. Vinge: Santa Claus: The Movie™ --- The Novelization and Storybook. 1985. Novel --- NYC: Berkley Books; Storybook --- NYC: Grosset & Dunlap.
- Sid Jacobson, script; and Frank Springer, art: Santa Claus: The Movie™ --- The Marvel Comics Adaptation. Marvel® Super Special Volume 1, No. 39. 1985.
- Cinefantastique Magazine: Jan. 1986, Vol. 15, No. 5; pp. 16-18; and March 1986, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 44 and 54.
- Millimeter Magazine: Feb. 1986, Vol. 14, No. 2; pp. 226-227.
- "Santa Claus: The Making of The Movie." Directors: Iain Johnstone, Danny Huston; Producer: Maria Gatti de Monreal; Host: Dudley Moore; Narrator: Ted Maynard. Original U.S. Airdate: 12/24/1987, ABC-TV. Packager: Cantharus Television, N.V.
In addition, there were articles on, about or connected to Santa Claus: The Movie™ in these leading newspapers and/or magazines: Starlog; The New York Times; The New York Daily News; The New York Post; and Newsday.
This website was conceived, developed and researched at the Billy Rose Theatre Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; your humble Elf Without Jingles would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge the dedicated librarians who willingly put up with me during the original stages of research, editing and fact-checking.
There were also a significant number of webmasters, Santa enthusiasts, professional Kringles and their colleagues who also were nice enough to help me with all my questions, stories and other material, so I should briefly like to identify them for you now:
First, to Denise George, who created a beautiful webpage on the 1978 Sgt. Pepper movie with Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees, to which she was hopelessly devoted since age 8. Denise showed me that, if you can love a movie nobody else loves, and put that passion online, you can do anything --- so thanks, Denise, for being one of the first of KringleQuest's major influences!
To Hiphats, GandAlfDC, Bill Williams and the members of the original Superman 60/20 webteam, whose first significant steps made the Superman®: The Movie Complete Soundtrack Album and subsequent DVD package a reality.
To Carrie Kei Heim Binas, former attorney at law, now best-selling online novelist, for her wonderful answers in response to my questions about her contributions to Santa Claus: The Movie™.
To the various New York Metro Area Santas, particularly Dick Shea, Ed Kulkosky, Al Williams, Gerald O'Buckley, Dana Friedman, the former Frank Pascuzzi, now known as simply Santa Claus, the late Roger Franklin, Radio City's own Charles Edward Hall --- and the current elder statesman among the Big Apple's Kringles, Staten Island-based Tom Tuminello, Sr. --- all of whose advice, counsel, dedication to the cause and support were another key factor in making this site possible.
To the survivors of the Santa Claus: The Movie™ cast and crew. Some of you would rather forget that the movie exists; others consider it among the more magical achievements of their careers. Either way, if some of you find your way to the web (and obviously, several of you already have), I hope we can get together in the not-too-distant future, share a few of your memories of the film, and maybe put that ol' twinkle back in Santa's eye.
And lastly, YOU --- the believers in Santa Claus throughout the world, no matter how old or young you are. You're the ones for whom he does all this (that, of course, includes me, since I'm the one telling you all this); the magic, now, as never before, is never possible without you.
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