From the desk of Santa Claus:
Thank you to the many friends, fellow Believers, and Elves-at-heart who have
found their way here to this delightful website which pays such heartfelt tribute to
those wonderful 77 days in 1984 when the Elves, Anya and I transformed a
little piece of this Real World --- a/k/a Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire,
England --- into my North Pole Headquarters, to help Alexander and Ilya Salkind and
their associates make you believe that reindeer could fly.
Much has happened here at the Top of the World in the almost 35 years since we made the film. John Lithgow, of course, has gone on to great success as an actor and as a best-selling author of children's books, all of which I heartily recommend. And John, naturally, has in the interim revived both his stage and film and television careers; and he continues to captivate audiences of all ages in that particular process! As for
Christian Fitzpatrick and Carrie Kei Heim, they're already grown-ups by now, I suppose,
and both of them obviously have children of their own; but I do hope that they never forget their
ride in the ol' sleigh when they took their respective roles of Joe and Cornelia. When last I heard from Jeffrey Kramer, he'd forsaken acting for the Executive Producer's role; he did a fantastic job helping David E. Kelley on both
Ally McBeal and The Practice, and eventually struck out on his own as a
As for Alexander, I wish I could express in words how much he has done for
us up here at the Pole. We grieved when Ilya broke the news of his father's passing, more than 20 years ago; we certainly continue to miss him. And each day, we follow the Ilya Salkind Company as it continues its quest to pursue the future. And when, in May 2002, we Vendequm learned of the passing of Dudley Moore, who had been battling a debilitating brain disorder called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, we wasted little time in expressing our condolences to all those who worked over the years with him, as well as to the members of his family who had
their own special link to our beloved Patch. Clearly, we renew those condolences here.
Of course, it was Richard Washington who started this wondrous website in the
first place. For 30 years, he has compiled, catalogued, researched and
explored every aspect of my Legend and placed it all into the context of the movie. If the
words "labor of love" were ever meant to embody a single person, I would wager that
young Richard would indeed qualify. His efforts as this site's creator/maintainer
are well appreciated here at the Pole, and we thank him with all our hearts!
But most importantly of all, as always, my biggest thanks are reserved for
you, the children of the world, no matter how old you are! YOU, no doubt, are
the spark that keeps this old elf jolly --- and, frankly, I wouldn't have it any other
way. That said, I leave you with this: I have made it my business all these centuries
to make the magic of giving into something so special that it can possess the power to
inspire others to give. I hope that this website has granted you that special power as
well. And with that, as always......
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!" (Ho-ho-ho!)
Forever and always,
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