Nat Read, a fellow Pasadena Rotarian, has published extensively on the subject of Santa Claus over the years, in national and regional publications. As an authority on Jolly Old St. Nick he has been interviewed by numerous news media. He was one of the authors of a Saturday Evening Post book about Christmas. Nat was the Dean of USC (the University of Santa Claus) where he trained department store Santas for their roles on the throne, and has filled the role of department store Santa himself. He is a Reader (Scholar) at the Huntington Library where he continues his decades of research on Santa. He is seeking a publisher for a book he is writing about Santa Claus.
Nat has led a peripatetic life, making his living as a cartoonist, free-lance writer, Nevada casino worker, advertising copywriter and public relations executive. He was an exchange student to the USSR during the U-2 Crisis, served in the Naval Reserve in Vietnam, retiring as a Captain. He was a reserve street cop with LAPD and has appeared in a number of comedy clubs as a stand-up comic. He has stood at both poles and is an author of several books. His first novel, about a Rotary Club, is scheduled for release in a few months.
Introducer: Kathy Meagher
Invocation: Thomas McDonald
Guest Introductions: Steve Horwitz
Song Leader: TBD
Accompanist: Ross Jutsum