Photo of the Week, 96: The Most Popular Guy in the Room
On December 23, 1944, more than 600 grade school children attended the Town of Normal's thirteenth annual community Christmas program at the Normal Theater.
Seen here among a gaggle of youngsters is none other than Santa Claus, played by George Lesher, supervisor of Normal Township relief efforts. The children are holding (and in at least one case enjoying!) ice cream cups handed out by old St. Nick.