What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 14


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 05, 1954 on CBS



  • Notes

    • SANTA SCHOOL: Brenda Tremblay of NPR member station WXXI reports on Charles W. Howard, who became one of Santa's best known helpers during the 1950s and 1960s and founded a Santa school that bears his name.

      The NPR "Morning Edition" sound clip is 4 minutes, 39 seconds in length, and plays on Real Audio. The clip contains a snippet from this What's My Line?. Visit the link below. - Suzanne (2005)

      NPR Santa School Clip



      Read a CBS News article from December 15, 2002 about the Charles W. Howard Santa School in Midland, Michigan. - Suzanne (2005)

      Charles W. Howard School



      My grandfather, "Charlie Howard," appeared on this episode. However, he didn't wear his Santa suit! In addition to being a farmer, he was the Dean of the Charles W. Howard School for Santa Clauses. He was once called "The Walt Disney of Christmas." He also wrote a "do's and don'ts" guide book for Santas. Over the years, he also made appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," "The Kate Smith Show" and "Meet the Press." He was featured on radio programs as well. He was part of the annual New York Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for two decades following WWII. He passed away in 1966. The Santa Claus School and Christmas Park that he founded in 1937 in Albion, NY still bears his name. As of 2004, it is still in business, but under different ownership. It is currently located in Midland, MI.

      Visit the web page:

      CWH Santa Claus School


      - Charles Bergeman, September 2004 (written by Suzanne with information supplied by Mr. Bergeman and the NPR clip)

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