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Tuesday, December 11, 1934
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 84 No. 75
Weather: Partly cloudy and mild today with a
high of 54 (1 2C). Tuesday night, becoming windy
and cold with a few flurries and a low of 1 2 (-1 1 C).
Wednesday, partly cloudy and cold with a high of
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By Lisa Nutting
Daily Nebrsskan St&ir Reporter
Editor's nets: This is the second
article in a five-part scries on
the fsm, festivities, economics
end headaches of the holiday
The latest news is Dancer's
into break-dancing," Santa Claus
Jim Gleason says about his rein
deer. They're on the roof look
when you leave."
This is Gleason's second year as
a Santa at Gateway Mall in
Lincoln. Last Christmas, he
worked part-time on a fill-in basis.
Gleason, a medical student, works
as a Santa four days a week until
The funniest request Gleason
says he remembers was from a
5-year-old boy who asked for two
jars of dill pickles from Santa.
The boy asked loudly, and every-
it . w el s a r
told Gleason, "I really like them." Santa-for-hire, finds a shy child, Three-week-old twins were the
Gleason said the Cabbage Patch
Doll is one of the most popular
Since the dolls are in short
supply, Gleason said, "I think
there's going to be a lot of disap
pointed kids. More than half of
the kids want Cabbage Patch
Gleason estimates that about
400 children visit him each night.
Although his back sometimes gets
tired from lifting the children to
his knee, he said, "they're kind of
fun most are pretty good."
One- or 2-year-old children are
the most likely to be afraid of
Santa, Gleason said.
he says, "Come over and give youngest visitors to Santa Brewer.
Santa five," Brewer said. "Sur- The oldest visitor was a 78-year-
prisingly, that breaks down the old, he said.
"I think everybody still likes to
Brewer said most children are believe in something nice and
asking for no more than two gifts joyful," he said,
from Santa for Christmas.
"I guess that's due to the eco
nomy," he said.
Brewer, a teacher at Southeast
Community College, says he gets
a big kick out of being a Santa
Claus, especially because "the
little faces light up when they see
Brewer is 5-11 and weighs 245
pounds. He said his physical
make-up probably helps him look
like Santa. He also whitens his
eyebrows to help his look.
"I am Santa Claus as far as the
kids are concerned," Brewer said.
"I try to be what I'm trying to
one who was nearby laughed,
Gleason said. When asked why he
wanted the pickles, the little boy
"Some hide behind their
mother's skirt," Gleason said. "But
some aren't shy at all."
Brewer said even the adults
like to see Santa. "I think every- Gleason and Brewer both work
body misses that part of Christ- for Rich Studios, Inc., which sup-
mas that's been taken from their plies Santas to shopping centers
When Norm Brewer, another lives," he said. ' throughout the United States.
Senator says one term is enough
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fTT wo state senators will do a
p strange bit of campaigning this
month as the 1085 legislative
session craws near,
Sen. Bernice Labedz of Omaha end
WiHiam Nichol of Cccttsbluff sre try
ing to convince their fellow senators
that they should be speaker of the
Legislature for the next two yesrs
beginning Jan. 0. Niche! seeks his
second consecutive two-year term as
Cair.pd'rdng aniens one's peers is
quite different than running far the
Legislature, Labedz said, Vnae run
;ning for public onleeLaoedi sasd
had to address the issues cf the
campaign. All the state .senators
' know, how she stands en the issu
:;So thut tertt a;consMerstion,she said,:
"I dont want to pressure my sena
tor to choose me," Labedz said. "I
want to tell them about the tradition
of the speakership and why I want to
be speaker. It's difilcult to ask for
support. Some of your friends volun
teer their support but I wouldn't
want to put anybody In a
A person's qualifications, personal
history and trustworthiness are the
main issues in this campaign, Labedz
said. The race is too closa now for
"either contender tp; predict ;6:r
"If I counted all the people who
; have promised their: votes- to-raepllll
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Nichol sell he docsnt think his
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extensive. He thinks he proved him
self trustworthy and efficient during
his first two years as speaker.
"Being speaker is a difficult posi
tion," Nichol said. "I think I made it
He said the Legislature had to pro
cess a lot of difficult bills, including a
special session on the Common
wealth failure, during his term. That
experience will make him a better
speaker, Nichol said.
The longer you have the position,
the better you git at it Nichol said.
labedz enters her third term as a
state senator. She thinks that once
ouit to be enough for any speaker
no matter how good the speaker
"No one should be able to make a
There's always been a tradition,
before Richard Marvel, that it is a
Marvel's term as speaker lasted
from 1979 to 1932. Labedz said many
senators feel the same as she does
about the two-year speakership.
Labedz said election to the post
would top off her political career. She
said several friends urged her to seek
the spot and become the first woman
speaker, Nichol doesn't think either
of those considerations are
"Speaker of the Legislature is more
than a memorial position "Nichol
said. "It & a very important job. And I
can't change my sex. Thi3 seems to be
the year of the woman, but I dont
think that's enougii."
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