The Santa Tracker, a Red Phone, and a Typo

This is such an awesome story.

Terri remembers her dad had two phones on his desk, including a red one. “Only a four-star general at the Pentagon and my dad had the number,” she says. “This was the ’50s, this was the Cold War, and he would have been the first one to know if there was an attack on the United States,” Rick says. “The red phone rang one day in December 1955, and Shoup answered it. And then there was a small voice that just asked, “Is this Santa Claus?’

NORAD’s Santa Tracker Began with a Typo and a Good Sport {mp3}.

Two Amazing Stories from StoryCorps

Give them a listen if you haven’t checked out StoryCorps yet.

Les, Scott, Thea and Amanda Grantsmith:

In 1997, Les and Scott GrantSmith’s marriage was on the rocks. They had been together for 10 years and were raising two children. But Les was hiding something. Les was born female but felt like a man in the wrong body. Les is transgender.

Phil Donney and Abby Leibman:

One night in 1995, 7-year-old Phil Donney and his 4-year-old sister, Laura, heard their parents arguing. That fight ended when their father murdered their mother. Phil and Laura went to live with their mom’s sisters, Abby Leibman and Marjorie Shaw. They all lived together in a two bedroom condo, and began rebuilding their family.