NORAD – the North American Aerospace Defense Command – is now working with Bing to track Santa Claus. And yes, Google has a contingency plan. For those of you unclear on how and why NORAD got involved in the St. Nick recon business:
Back in the bad old days of the Cold War, a newspaper published the wrong phone number for Santa Claus. Instead, it published the direct dial number for the commander-in-chief of NORAD’s predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD).
In the spirit of the holidays, CONAD’s director of operations, Harry Shloup, rolled with the snafu and had his staff field the calls from kids flooding into his agency asking for status reports on Santa. That night, a tradition was born.
Nice save, Harry. . .