Background info on the real Santa
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Yes, Virginia, there really was a Santa Claus . (1944-2003).
Everyone loves Santa Claus. Robert Rion (1944-2003) did and he resembled Santa too. He loved playing the part so much that according to his obituary he "went to court to change his name to match that of his look-alike folklore hero". (Deerfield Review (IL) - September 4, 2003). Rion, as Santa, "dispensed good advice to children. He talked about his reindeer and handed out candy canes and coloring books."
Detailed obituaries appeared in his local paper, the Deerfield Review (IL) and in other newspapers around the country. Even the government recognized his passing in the Social Security Death Index with the simple entry:
Social Security Death Index
Date of Birth:
Saturday January 15, 1944
Date of Death:
Tuesday August 26, 2003
Est. Age at death:
59 years, 7 months, 11 days
Last known residence:
Social Security details:
SSDI and obituary information courtesy of www.GenealogyBank.com
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