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December 2015 Retro Gaming Article


December 16, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Check out how NORAD came to track Santa each year

For 60 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa's flight.
Pine 64 single board supercomputer Each year NORAD tracks Santa and keeps you up to date on the fat-man's location and progress.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline."

The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Pine 64 single board supercomputer

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