September 3, 2014

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Santa Claus is coming to town: written by local man

By Don Lee

Each year at this time when this writer hears the song “Santa Claus is coming to Town” my thoughts go back many years to when I was about nine years old and in the third grade at First District School in Covington. I had a young friend and playmate in my class named Gillespie. One day our teacher Miss Ruth Lane told the class that my friend’s grandfather was the famous songwriter Haven Gillespie, the writer of  “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” I had met the famous man and did not know it.