2010-12-16 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
With Christmas approaching, some island youngsters want Santa to know their wishes, and to be sure he does know, they send letters directly to the jolly old gentleman at the North Pole.

As Santa’s local communication liaison, Jamestown postmaster Charlie Burns intercepts the correspondence and sends it overnight air to the North Pole. This enables Santa to reply to the children well before the big night and his trip south.

The following letters were sent to the North Pole. Charlie provided a copy to the Walrus. They are presented unedited.


“Dear Santa I have been a good boy this year

I hope you can get me mattel

Mindflex. Mattel Mindflex is a game .

the game is you have to concentrate

on the ball and the ball will rize

I also hope you can get me the

Harry Potter books #2, #4, #5, #6, and #7.

Third can I please have a penquin

webkinz Casey Egan”

(On the letter were drawings of five Harry Potter books, a penguin and a photocopy of Mattel’s Mindset.)

*** “Dear santa I have Been so good this year. I am hoping you can bring me a camera and aquasand and a aquasaurs.The aqua sand is like a fish tank and like magic sand that you pout in the tank and it come’s out dry. The aquasaurs is a fish tank and the fish are in egg’s and the fish hach and wene they do hach they come out flat. Love: Molly E Egan TO: santa clause”


Jack Hutchison, 9, would like a Nerf gun for Christmas.


We received it too late for inclusion in last week’s column, but Elizabeth Mancini solved B.J.’s first letters’ puzzles.

Also, Tom Bembenek belatedly came up with that week’s poser: “I’m Happy! (The Holidays Are Coming!). A song for teaching children that came about long, long after we went to school. So, I must admit I never heard of it before.”

We were delighted to receive an e-mail from the writer of the song in Los Angeles, Barbara Klaskin Silberg. She wrote: “I just found the archived article using the words of our song as the clue to your puzzle. Just to let you and your readers know the song is up on YouTube now. And of course, if you want my [West Los Angeles] Children’s Choir to visit your island and sing the song (or perhaps ‘Give Me Your Tired Your Poor’ for the Fourth of July?), just let me know!”

Rocket ‘hogs take note.


Evelina Pinto, 11, is hoping for “stuff for my room” on Christmas day.


Grace Wilcox, 3, wouldn’t tell us.



All the stores were closed and shuttered

All the streets were dark and bare


For Christmas, Hope MacKeich, 14, would like someone to do her homework for her.


The Jamestown Arts Center is inviting islanders to an open house next Sunday, Dec. 19, at 18 Valley St. There will be a tour of the center, ornament making and holiday cheer.

*** Victor Richardson called to say how Robert Fleming’s item in last week’s column brought back a lot of memories. He said she was his teacher in 1939 and is one of three teachers he remembers best. Mr. Miller, who dabbled in photography and influenced Victor to pursue the art, was another one of his favorite teachers. Victor is a long-time photographer for the Press. The third person he remembers well was Mr. Roberts, who was interested in radio and passed that interest on to Victor who became an amateur radio operator.

“But that Ms. Lewis was something else,” Victor said.


The Potter League for Animals is asking people working on their holiday gift list to consider including a check of $25 or more to help save their animals lives. Your support enables the league to provide much needed food, medical care and shelter to animals that would be lost otherwise.

They’re located at 87 Oliphant Lane in Middletown and their webstie is www.PotterLeaque.org.



There will be a full moon on Tuesday, Dec. 21, the first night of winter. It will be the Moon Before Yule, or Long Night’s Moon.

*** Be true!


Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or e-mail us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com. Thank you.

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