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‘I cried all the way home’: Santa Claus grants final wish to a dying child…A Christmas story….


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Eric Schmitt-Matzen looks every bit the Santa Claus.

His 6-foot frame carries 310 pounds, leaving “just enough of a lap for the kids to sit on,” he says with a gentle Kringley chuckle right out of Central Casting.

No fake facial fuzz for this guy. Schmitt-Matzen’s snowy beard is the real thing, albeit regularly bleached to maintain its whiteness. His shag is so spectacular, in fact, it won first place in the “natural full beard, styled moustache” division of a 2016 national contest sponsored by the Just For Men hair products company.

He’s professionally trained. Custom-tailored in red. Was born on Dec. 6 (that’s Saint Nicholas Day — are you surprised?) Works approximately 80 gigs annually. Wife Sharon plays an authentic Mrs. Claus. His cellphone, with a Jingle Bells ringtone, continually counts down the days until Christmas. Even his civilian attire always includes Santa suspenders.

The whole shtick is designed to spread joy and have fun.

Which it does – except for the role he played several weeks ago at a local hospital.

“I cried all the way home,” Schmitt-Matzen told me. “I was crying so hard, I had a tough time seeing good enough to drive.

“My wife and I were scheduled to visit our grandchildren in Nashville the next day, but I told her to go by herself. I was a basket case for three days. It took me a week or two to stop thinking about it all the time. Actually, I thought I might crack up and never be able to play the part again.”

This is what happens when a terminally ill child dies in Santa’s arms.

“I’d just gotten home from work that day,” recalled Schmitt-Matzen, 60, a mechanical engineer and president of Packing Seals & Engineering in Jacksboro.

“The telephone rang. It was a nurse I know who works at the hospital. She said there was a very sick 5-year-old boy who wanted to see Santa Claus.

“I told her, ‘OK, just let me change into my outfit.’ She said, ‘There isn’t time for that. Your Santa suspenders are good enough. Come right now.’ ”

Schmitt-Matzen got to the hospital in 15 minutes. He met the lad’s mother and several family members.

“She’d bought a toy from (the TV show) PAW Patrol and wanted me to give it to him,” he said, voice growing husky. “I sized up the situation and told everyone, ‘If you think you’re going to lose it, please leave the room. If I see you crying, I’ll break down and can’t do my job.’ ”

Nobody entered with him. They watched, sobbing, from a hallway window in the Intensive Care Unit.

“When I walked in, he was laying there, so weak it looked like he was ready to fall asleep. I sat down on his bed and asked, ‘Say, what’s this I hear about you’re gonna miss Christmas? There’s no way you can miss Christmas! Why, you’re my Number One elf!

“He looked up and said, ‘I am?’

“I said, ‘Sure!’

“I gave him the present. He was so weak he could barely open the wrapping paper. When he saw what was inside, he flashed a big smile and laid his head back down.

‘“They say I’m gonna die,’ he told me. ‘How can I tell when I get to where I’m going?’

“I said, ‘Can you do me a big favor?’

“He said, ‘Sure!’

“When you get there, you tell ’em you’re Santa’s Number One elf, and I know they’ll let you in.

“He said, ‘They will?’

“I said, ‘Sure!’

“He kinda sat up and gave me a big hug and asked one more question: ‘Santa, can you help me?’

“I wrapped my arms around him. Before I could say anything, he died right there. I let him stay, just kept hugging and holding on to him.

“Everyone outside the room realized what happened. His mother ran in. She was screaming, ‘No, no, not yet!’ I handed her son back and left as fast as I could.

“I spent four years in the Army with the 75th Rangers, and I’ve seen my share of (stuff). But I ran by the nurses’ station bawling my head off. I know nurses and doctors see things like that every day, but I don’t know how they can take it.’”

In despair, Schmitt-Matzen was ready to hang up his suit. “I’m just not cut out for this,” he reasoned.

But he mustered the strength to work one more show.

“When I saw all those children laughing, it brought me back into the fold. It made me realize the role I have to play.

“For them and for me.”

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A glimmer of Hope…..


Is there hope for our Youth today…after seeing this 11 yr old boy, I have to think that maybe there is…a stunning tribute to our fallen heroes…if this short video does not move you even if you are not a veteran then there is no hope for you…..

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Youngsters sing Hallelujah…Bring listeners to tears….video


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Your font is showing: Student comes up with plan to save U.S. big bucks….


Change type style on government documents and use less ink

Politicians on both sides of the aisle like to talk about cutting costs in Washington. But few, if any, have ever come up with an idea as simple as the one recently proposed by 14-year-old student Suvir Mirchandani.

Change the font.

Suvir’s story was recently reported on CNN.com. The Pittsburgh-area student began his quest by trying to think of ways to save his school district a few bucks. After examining different handouts provided by teachers in different classes, he noticed that the fonts varied and some seemed to require a lot more ink than others.

Suvir, whom we hope got extra credit for his impressive work, discovered that the most commonly used letters on handouts seemed to be r, a, e, o and t. Armed with that information, he set to work looking at how different fonts treated each letter, CNN reports. Suvir found that of the fonts he tested, Garamond (named after Claude Garamond, the original designer of the typeface) would require the least amount of ink and could save his school district as much as $21,000 per year.

Helvetica who?

But that isn’t all. Suvir reached out to the Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI), “an open-access journal that publishes original research in the biological and physical sciences that is written by middle and high school students.”

Workers at the journal were reportedly impressed by Suvir’s work and asked him to apply his findings to the entire United States government. Now we really hope he got extra credit.

Claude Garamond (Wikimedia Commons)

After tracking down what the government is estimated to spend on ink per year ($467 million),  Suvir found that that Uncle Sam could save around $136 million per year by switching to Garamond exclusively. In addition, he found state governments that made the change could pull in $234 million in savings, according to CNN’s report.

So is the government going to make the switch? Gary Somerset, PR manager for the U.S. Government Printing Office, praised Suvir’s works as “remarkable,” according to CNN, but he also said the government is focusing its reduction efforts on getting things on the Web.

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Kens Cancer Benefit…Sponsored by The Detecting Lifestyle Radio Show


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Can you Help Jamie with a simple vote?


Below is the link to view Maggie and her son Jaime’s info … Maggie is the young woman we had on our radio show last night who’s 6 year old son is afflicted with Cerebral Palsy… She is desperately trying to get assistance in securing a vehicle that she can allow her son to continue to get out and around, and try to keep him active and able to go wherever they may wanna travel… Without restrictions and tons of effort with moving a wheelchair… We are doing what we can here between myself and my colleagues, Mr. Scott Mitchen, Mr. Dennis O’Connor, Mr. Chad Hurst, and Mr. Kenny Briggs.
Any ideas, assistance or support anyone can manage would be greatly appreciated..
As I said last night on the show.. I don’t have children, but can’t imagine how tough it must be for a mom like Maggie in her situation, to try and keep her son active and able to enjoy life to the fullest, and still maintain everyday duties and responsibilities ….
We here are gonna do all we can to help this young woman out…
By going to the web site, there is an area where you can place a vote, which will assist Maggie in winning a Van to help them out…look in the menu section on the right side of her page.
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Civil War….Unknown Boy in Zouave Uniform



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Originally formed in the 1830s, French Zouave units initially consisted of native North African troops. By the time of the Civil War, however, the French Zouaves were non-natives. Their distinctive uniform included a short jacket, baggy trousers, sash, gaiters, and a fez with turban. Their bravery in combat in the Crimea from 1853-56 and in Italy in 1859 thrilled the American public and led to the formation of many Zouave companies in this country before and during the Civil War.

The Union fielded approximately seventy Zouave regiments during the war; the Confederates, about twenty-five.

The unidentified boy in the Zouave uniform is most likely the relative of a soldier in a Zouave regiment.

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Flesh-Eating Bacteria Killed Texas Boy…..


SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 7-year-old Texas boy who died during a Southern California vacation was killed by flesh-eating bacteria.

The San Diego County medical examiner’s office says Tevita Alatini died on July 10 after the infection spread to muscle tissue. The office didn’t say how he might have contracted the infection.

Authorities say the boy also had anemia caused by an autoimmune condition and that contributed to his death.

Tevita was hospitalized only days after he and his family arrived in San Diego County last month from Spring, Texas. His uncle, Sione Niko, told the North County Times that the boy became increasingly sick and his parents noticed a red spot under his arm.

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Man mistakes son for monkey, shoots him dead……


A farmer in southern Nepal mistook his son for a monkey trying to steal his crops and shot the 12-year-old dead, police said on Sunday.

Chitra Bahadur Pulami had been climbing a tree to chase away macaques that had become a nuisance to the family but his father Gupta Bahadur, 55, spotted the boy and opened fire, wrongly believing him to be one of the animals.

“The son was hiding in a tree at their farm to chase away monkeys that used to come searching for food in the maize field,” said Arun Poudel, deputy superintendent of police in the remote Arghakhanchi district

“The son died on the spot after Gupta Bahadur mistakenly thought there was a monkey in the tree and opened fire. Our preliminary investigation shows that the father was unaware that his son had gone to the maize field to chase the monkeys.

“Both Gupta Bahadur and the gun that he used in shooting his son are now under the custody of the police.”

The three species of monkey native to Nepal, the rhesus and Assamese macaque and the common langur, are considered sacred and farmers normally try to scare them away from their crops without injuring the animals.

“I realised my mistake only when my son fell down and got stuck in one of the tree’s branches,” the farmer was quoted as telling police by the Nepali nagariknews.com website after the incident, on Friday.

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