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Posts Tagged ‘Tim Connaghan’

Shot of Santa Claus on the Beach Lands OC Register a Nice Newseum Mention

The Orange County Register got a little extra Christmas gift yesterday from Washington D.C.’s Newseum. The following handiwork of reporter Karen Kelso and photographer Leonard Ortiz received via Facebook the institution’s stamp as “Best Christmas front page:”

The photo was taken on December 20 at Huntington Beach, with a GMA crew apparently crashing the scene. Doing the holiday honors above are The Kringle Group head honcho (and Hollywood Christmas parade St. Nick) Tim Connaghan and a two-year-old reindeer named Tundra. (The surfer in the background is a great SoCal touch.)

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One-Time Struggling Actor is Now ‘Santa to the Stars’

This Santa has a rap video, a beard insured by Lloyds of London and a long list of Hollywood celebrity clients. The story of Brady White–a.k.a. “Santa to the Stars©” (pictured)–never gets old and thus is part of a look at seven different North Pole specialists by CNN religion reporter Jessica Ravitz.

White has copyrighted the term “Santa to the Stars” and generally insists that journalists and others make sure to append all print mentions with a ©. It’s a long way from where this guy found himself in the 1970s:

White first entered the Santa game about three decades ago out of desperation. He was an unemployed actor in Los Angeles and nine months behind in his rent when he took a job as a mall Santa in Beverly Hills. That season the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner polled children to find the best Santa around. Guess who won?…

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