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83YO still believes in Santa Claus

Bob Conrad adjusts his Santa Claus hat and beard in the bathroom mirror, Dec. 9, 2015, at his Spokane Valley home. Conrad played Santa at the Crescent Building in the 1990s. (Dan Pelle/SR)
Bob Conrad adjusts his Santa Claus hat and beard in the bathroom mirror, Dec. 9, 2015, at his Spokane Valley home. Conrad played Santa at the Crescent Building in the 1990s. (Dan Pelle/SR)

Bob Conrad, 83, has never stopped believing in Santa Claus. As a little boy, he first glimpsed the jolly old elf in the Crescent department store window. “We used to go downtown to see the Crescent window display,” he said. “And there was Santa! Right in the window!” His eyes twinkled. “Then I got to grow up and BE him!” But before that happened, his Santa fascination had already spawned a collection that sprawls throughout his Spokane Valley home. The collection began with a single Santa, given to him by a friend. The animated and singing life-sized Claus delighted Conrad and his wife, Lillie. Soon they began scouring thrift shops, drugstores and antique markets for versions of the bearded fellow. They bought pillows, placemats, puzzles and plush Kris Kringles. “I’ve bought as many as he has,” Lillie Conrad said, smiling/Cindy Hval, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: When did you stop believing in Santa?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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