Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:34am
North Adams, MA now: 68 °   
Send news, tips, press releases and questions to info@iBerkshires.com
The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.
SIGN IN | REGISTER NOW   

Home About Archives RSS Feed
Santa's Flight Check
By: The Editor On: 12:09PM / Wednesday December 01, 2010
Important
0
Interesting
0
Funny
0
Awesome
0
Infuriating
0
Ridiculous
0

Some 1,200 volunteers answers phone calls and e-mails about Santa at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., during December.


OK, this isn't exactly local, but who doesn't want to know when Santa's arriving? At least to watch out for those speeding reindeer!
 
We received this missive from North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., informing us that they were on the job — to track Santa's flight path and warn off 747s. Some may say it's a trivial waste of taxpayer money, but it must be nice for them to worry about jolly overweight elves rather than ICBMs for a change. (And it's a great cover for sweeping for UFOs and North Koreans.) But almost all of this is done by volunteers and cheers to them.

Besides, we love the idea that NORAD, created to protect us from nuclear war and communist devastation, has a sense of whimsy. They've been doing this for 55 years; why stop now? (We remember being glued to a black & white RCA as a renowned newsanchor posted the latest update on Santa's flight.)

We do have one quibble. According to the video below, Santa totally blew off New England last year! He went straight from St. Louis to London. What's up with that?

Now you can track Santa along Google Earth by Twitter and Facebook, and there's a whole website (in seven different languages) with games and information. We plan on getting in on the fun, too, by adding @noradsanta to our news Mashup on the home page.

Also, beginning at midnight, Mountain Standard Time, on Dec. 24, visitors to the website can watch Santa as he prepares his sleigh, checks his list, and goes through all of his preparations to ensure he has a successful journey.

As soon as Santa takes off from the North Pole, children can also track him with up-to-the-minute updates on Google Maps and Google Earth through the website. You can phone and e-mail for updates from trackers beginning at 2 a.m. MST (4 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) on Dec. 24 until 3 a.m. MST (5 a.m. EST) Dec. 25. Children of all ages can then call the NTS toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or send an e-mail to noradtrackssanta@gmail.com

Here's some program background from NORAD:

The NORAD Tracks Santa program began in 1955 after a phone call was made to the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The call was from a local youngster who dialed a misprinted telephone number in a local newspaper advertisement. The commander on duty who answered the phone that night gave the youngster the information requested — the whereabouts of Santa. This began the tradition of tracking Santa, a tradition that was carried on by NORAD when it was formed in 1958.
 
The NORAD Tracks Santa program has grown immensely since first presented on the Internet in 1998. The website receives millions of unique visitors from hundreds of countries and territories around the world. In addition, a live Operations Center is occupied for 25 hours with more than 1,200 volunteers each year who receive hundreds of thousands of phone calls and e-mails from families around the world.
 
The NORAD Tracks Santa program could not be carried out with the superb assistance of numerous corporate sponsors. New to this year’s program are Air Canada, Marine Toys for Tots, the Federal Aviation Administration, Colorado Springs School District 11, the Newseum, and Unified TelData. Our returning sponsors include Google, Booz Allen Hamilton, Verizon, GlobeLink Foreign Language Center, Meshbox, Naturally Santa Inc, Time Warner, Analytical Graphics, Inc., PCI Broadband Inc., OnStar, Avaya Government Solutions, 5 Star Bank, First Choice Awards and Gifts and Santa's Traveling Workshop Foundation.

 



Write a comment - 0 Comments       Tags: Santa, NORAD, tracking      
Featured Stories
North Adams Board OKs Home-Rule Petition for Liquor License
Mount Greylock to Again Take Up Regional Expansion
Adams Cemetery Commission Seeking to Raise Rates
Pittsfield Big Y Plans To Add Gas Station, Convenience Store
Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Retiring Dec. 31
Pittsfield Commission Concerned About Accessibility in Parks
Poets Crawl Pittsfield's Downtown at WordXWord
North Adams ZBA Holds Off on Cab Request, OKs Studio Plans
North Adams Community Development Panel Backs Historic Districts
Lee Northern Mills Public Visioning Event Set Thursday


Categories:
Arts (1)
Google (1)
Local (6)
Newspapers (4)
Radio (0)
Television (0)
Web (11)
Archives:
April 2014 (1)
Tags:
Norad Demarsico Graduates iBerkshires Santa Tanglewood Mcla Transcript Eagle Dilbert Dogbert Lenox Tracking Information Rockwell Comic News Intern Education Subscription Birthday Comments Hate Group Topix Paywall Art Window Editor Anniversary Celebration Advertising Shift
Popular Entries:
iBerkshires Adds 'FlyerCentral' To Advertising Options
Papers Implement Paywall; iBerkshires Still Free
Big Musical Numbers
Topix, No More?
Opinion: Those Who Shall Not Be Named
A Lot of Things to Think About
Peek Into Rockwell's Window
iBerkshires Adds Facebook Commenting System
Transcript Editor Left Reporting Legacy
iBerkshires Congratulates MCLA Grads
Recent Entries:
iBerkshires Celebrates 14 Years of Covering the Region
Opinion: Those Who Shall Not Be Named
iBerkshires.com Debuts New Look
iBerkshires Adds Facebook Commenting System
iBerkshires Adds 'FlyerCentral' To Advertising Options
Papers Implement Paywall; iBerkshires Still Free
Transcript Editor Left Reporting Legacy
iBerkshires Congratulates MCLA Grads
iBerkshires Turns 11 Years Old
Santa's Flight Check


View All
High School Football
High School football practice got under way on Monday.
Giorgi League Semis: B&B vs...
Burr and Burton held a steady lead over Bennington, Vt.'s,...
Giorgi League Semis: Drury vs...
Alex Heck scored 19 points to lead the Drury boys...
Mill Children Opening
The 5 Hoosac Street Gallery held its grand opening Friday...
Downtown Celebration 2014
North Adams held its annual street fair on Main Street on...
Worcester Bravehearts vs...
Key at bat helps the Worcester Bravehearts defeat the...
9th Annual Rock, Rattle &...
This year's theme is "Living in Harmony, Fulfilling Our...
Softball Series: Berkshire...
Lanesborough Block Party 2014
The 6th annual Lanesborough Firemen's Association Block...
Softball Series: Berkshire...
The Berkshire Force played in its 14th and final game...
Softball Series: Berkshire...
The Berkshire Force wins one of two games Monday morning to...
United Africans of the...
Softball Series: Berkshire...
The Force was eliminated from the tournament's...
Softball Series: Berkshire...
The Berkshire Force continued play on Sunday afternoon for...
Adams Night Out Event 2014
Adams residents came out for a night of fun for drug and...
Softball Series: Berkshire...
The Force rebounded on Saturday evening to win its first...
High School Football
High School football practice got under way on Monday.
Giorgi League Semis: B&B vs...
Burr and Burton held a steady lead over Bennington, Vt.'s,...
Giorgi League Semis: Drury vs...
Alex Heck scored 19 points to lead the Drury boys...
Mill Children Opening
The 5 Hoosac Street Gallery held its grand opening Friday...
Downtown Celebration 2014
North Adams held its annual street fair on Main Street on...
| Home | A & E | Business | Community News | Dining | Real Estate | Schools | Sports & Outdoors | Berkshires Weather | Weddings
Advertise | Recommend This Page | Help Contact Us | Privacy Policy| User Agreement
iBerkshires.com is owned and operated by: Boxcar Media 102 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 -- T. 413-663-3384 F.413-664-4251
© 2000 Boxcar Media LLC - All rights reserved