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"Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" Editorial Is Published (1897)

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon of New York City asked her father if Santa Claus was real. When he suggested that "if you see it in The Sun, it's so," she wrote to the newspaper and asked. Editor Francis Pharcellus Church's lengthy, touching reply became one of the most reprinted newspaper editorials in US history. "Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias," wrote Church. What happened to Virginia? More...
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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2012 7:55:38 AM
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If Virginia had written the same letter two hundred years hence in 2097 the editor might have replied, " No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus, just as there is no mind, soul, or hope, but there is a neural network centered in our thalamus which deceives us into thinking so."

I'm glad I will not be around for that exchange.
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