The Daily Star
---- — 25 years ago
Dec. 15,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1987
Santa Claus wasn’t very busy Monday afternoon at his perch in Bresee’s Department Store in Oneonta, so he picked up on Ellery Queen mystery novel between “clients,” as he calls them.
He was waiting for his little clients to tell him what they want for Christmas. He’s only too happy to be told. Santa wants people to get what they want. He wishes adults were as good at expressing what they want in life as children are at saying what they want for Christmas.
His clients are asking for more traditional gifts this year. Building blocks, trucks, tinker toys, a globe, dolls. “Nobody has asked me for a Smurf doll,” he said.
And Santa is glad about that. He is a traditional kind of guy.
Santa is also glad to see that the lists have been short this year.
“Kids are much more realistic,” said Santa. When he sees a long list gripped firmly in a little hand, he takes the list and asks the child what the most important thing on the list is.
50 years ago
Dec. 15,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1962
Each night of late when Oneonta Postmaster Samuel J. Bertuzzi gets home from the office he bows his head and he says an urgent brief prayer.
The prayer goes something like this:
“Please, Dear Lord, make the good people of Oneonta realize that their Christmas cards and their Christmas packages must be in the mail sooner than immediately if they expect them to be delivered by Christmas.”
And the reason for the prayer is because Yuletide mailing is running far behind last year, suggesting, Mr. Bertuzzi says, a trend that could lead to something approaching disaster for the postal department.
“In other years,” he said, “when the mailings were late at Oneonta, they were also late at other post offices.
“When this happens, terminal offices in Oneonta and other cities suddenly find a deluge of mail, all in the week before the holiday, that is practically impossible to process.”
Transportation facilities, carriers, storage and handling areas jam up with mountains of mail and Christmas presents; deliveries run all out of schedule, and everybody blames the post office for the delay.
So, Mr. Bertuzzi asks, “Please, everybody, get your cards addressed and your packages wrapped — and mail them now.”