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Featured Member of the Month - February 2019

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Each month, our Featured Member section profiles a ClausNet member. Members are chosen totally at random by me and the staff. Once selected as Featured Member of the Month, we interview the candidate and post the interview here. This is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow ClausNet members!

We are happy to announce our ClausNet Featured Member for February 2019 is Santa Ed K!

Santa Ed K
Featured ClausNet Member – February 2019

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Profile: Santa Ed K
Real Name: Ed
Location: Anaheim California USA
ClausNet member since: 10 January 2010
Community Reputation (as of today): 156 – Excellent!
Facebook: Ed Kahler

February

This month’s feature member of the month is an actual scientist! He is also a collector of ancient Roman coins. Santa Ed K joined our community back in 2010 but has been wearing the red suit since 1983. We caught up with Santa Ed a few days ago, and here is what he had to say...

ClausNet: How long have you been portraying Santa Claus and how did you get started?
Santa Ed K: "I first wore the suit in 1983. My wife worked at a preschool that had the outfit, but needed a body. I was hooked."

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ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus?
Santa Ed K: "Edmund Gween plays a very caring and human Santa."

ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus?
Santa Ed K: "The look of joy on the faces of the children when I tell them that I have been waiting for them to visit me."

ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit?
Santa Ed K: "My first. My son was in the class I visited. He had a friend that always called me my son‘s name, Scotty. Well he sat on my knee, looked me in the eye and said “Scotty!” I said Santa, he insisted Scotty. I decided I had to up my game."

ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig?
Santa Ed K: "Home visits, especially repeat ones so I can see the children grow up."

ClausNet: What is your dream gig?
Santa Ed K: "I would like to be Disneyland’s parade Santa. Although I may have second thoughts after this year’s float broke mid-parade."

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ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa?
Santa Ed K: "I am a Principal Research Scientist in Research and Development for a company that makes Nutritional Supplements. 47 years and still going."

ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests?
Santa Ed K: " I love sports, reading. I collect and conserve ancient Roman coins."

ClausNet: What is your favorite color?
Santa Ed K: "Black."

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ClausNet: What is your favorite food?
Santa Ed K: "Anything my wife makes. That’s the safe answer. I like good Mexican food, lasagna."

ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi?
Santa Ed K: "Ice cold Diet Coke."

ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie?
Santa Ed K: "Oatmeal raisin right out of the oven."

ClausNet: What is your favorite movie?
Santa Ed K: "Depends upon my mood. 1950’s SciFi, Disney cartoons."

ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie?
Santa Ed K: "Christmas Vacation for a comedy, Miracle on 34th street the 1947 version."

ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song?
Santa Ed K: "O’Holy Night. Sang it in choir in Seventh Grade and fell in love."

ClausNet: What was the last book that you read?
Santa Ed K: " Disneyland The Beginning."

ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Santa Ed K: "I wanted to be a professional baseball player. I still play softball."

ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt?
Santa Ed K: " Sky diving. Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane."

ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child?
Santa Ed K: "Green army men and a large Roman boat, Big Caesar."

ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up?
Santa Ed K: "I don’t remember visiting Santa as a child, but remember my siblings doing so. I do remember the excitement leading up to Christmas day."

ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response?
Santa Ed K: "A tween boy last year asked me, ‘What did you bring me for Christmas last year?’. I asked if he liked it and then quickly focused my attention to his younger, believing sibling."

ClausNet: What is the strangest request you've gotten as Santa Claus?
Santa Ed K: "An Octopus car! I had no idea what that was."

ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet?
Santa Ed K: "I wanted to learn more about portraying Santa and hoped to connect with other Santas. Surfed the web and the rest is history."

ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet?
Santa Ed K: "Lots of good information given. Love the good natured banter."

ClausNet: Is there a Santa or Mrs. Claus over the years that you admire or has inspired you? Can you tell us a little bit about him/her?
Santa Ed K: "I am a TBS. Santa Tom (SantaTJS) is my hero. His sets are amazing. He is THE expert on traditional sets. Never has an issue answering questions. Full of knowledge."

ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus?
Santa Ed K: "Don’t expect to be perfect right out of the gate. It takes time. Read, ask questions, be patient. Make other Santa friends."

ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add?
Santa Ed K: "Just to say, thank you Mike. Wonderful site."

Thank you Ed! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Santa Ed K, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for February 2019!

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Michael Rielly

Congratulations @Santa Ed K!

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Drosselmeyer

enjoyed reading the interview !! :congrats:

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Santa Mike IN

Congratulations.

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Santa Peter

:congrats:

              welcome to the club

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Santa Johnny Boy

Congratulations, Santa Ed K, on a well deserved honor!

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SCSanta

Congratulations! Welcome to the MOtM Club!

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Felix Estridge
28 minutes ago, SCSanta said:

Congratulations! Welcome to the MOtM Club!

What he said!

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Hubcity Santa

Congratulations Santa Ed!!!

Thanks for being a role model for us. 

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Congratulations Santa Ed.

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Santa Bill Reiller

Congratulations!!!    Welcome to the MOTM Club!!

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Santa Ed K

Thank you all so much.

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Congratulations Santa.

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Congrats!!! 

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