More on Santa, Beer, and Giving In General


So I was about to post about Santa’s Butt Winter Porter but students interrupted and Heidi beat me to it. I too would love to know what people think about her questions so thanks Heidi for framing them. (By the way the Shelton Brothers had a similar fight over the label to the right in Connecticut and the state dropped its opposition).

Moving on, in the spirit of Christmas two recent articles seem worth mentioning. First it appears that a man in Kansas City is a true Secret Santa. He has given out more than $1.3 million. The man started from practically nothing and lived in his car for awhile. He made millions on telecommunications but began his giving in 1979 before he made his fortune and in fact right after he was fired from a job. Recently he found out that he has cancer that has spread and receives expensive treatment to fight it. His response to this turn of events has been to train others to carry on his tradition. The Web site is here.

In a mildly similar vein, The Timesonline reports that the producers of the film The Constant Gardner have established a charitable trust of 100,000 pounds to help the remote regions where the film was shot. The trust is not shutting down anytime soon and apparently “consult[s] elders about the practical needs of their communities” as it decides on infrastructure. In addition the producers of the King of Scotland, a film about Idi Amin, the former ruler of Uganda, are considering establishing a trust in Uganda.

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  1. Heidi Kitrosser says:

    Deven, those stories really are inspiring. And sorry about the Santa preemption!