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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:33 a.m. CST, Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897.

The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

In 2009, the Missourian's Dan Potter recorded the famous editorial. An accompanying slideshow by Lesley Freeman and Mary Nguyen included photographs of holiday stockings by students of Marilyn Andre's second-grade class at Lee Elementary School.


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