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November 26, 2006

Secret Santas

Bowie_heroes For 26 years, a man known only as Secret Santa has roamed the streets every December quietly giving people money. He started with $5 and $10 bills. As his fortune grew, so did the gifts. In recent years, Secret Santa has been handing out $100 bills, sometimes two or three at a time, to people in thrift stores, diners and parking lots. So far, he's anonymously given out about $1.3 million. It's been a long-held holiday mystery: Who is Secret Santa?

This holiday giving started in December 1979 when Larry Stewart was nursing his wounds at a drive-in restaurant in Kansas City after getting fired. "It was cold and this car hop didn't have on a very big jacket, and I thought to myself, `I think I got it bad. She's out there in this cold making nickels and dimes,'" he said.

He gave her $20 and told her to keep the change.

"And suddenly I saw her lips begin to tremble and tears begin to flow down her cheeks. She said, `Sir, you have no idea what this means to me.'" (From Presurfer)

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Other heroes:

Dr. Ashis Brahma, a physician with the International Rescue Committee, about attacks on himself and those he works with in Chad, along the border with Sudan's Darfur region

Henry Waxman

Hugh Hefner

January 13, 2007 update: Millionaire Secret Santa dies

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HENRY WAXMAN?!?

What am I gonna do with you, Hanan?

That guy couldn't find his ass in a dark closet with both hands, a flashlight and a map.

Now he's going to 'investigate' and 'find out' the facts about the current administration?

C-Span will have to add a half dozen more channels.

And. Nobody. Will. Pay. Attention.

Except for all those preening pols on the various committees.

They'll be fighting each other for face time.

Henry Waxman. ACK.

Double ACK.

Posted by: Steel at Nov 26, 2006 12:06:54 PM

Yes, Henry Waxman! Also known (in Time magazine) as "The Scariest Man in Town."

See: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1562974,00.html

Give em hell, Henry.

Posted by: Anon at Nov 26, 2006 7:53:16 PM