This bright, glad day is really and truly a wonderful day for this … country and for the world.
– Chronicle Editor
Tom Loyless, 1918
As a Christmas special, we’d like to offer you something special today: This holiday quiz with Augusta angles on each question.
Have fun. Good luck … and Merry Christmas!
1. In 1960, the Christmas Day Chronicle featured a 10-year-old Augusta pupil with a unique holiday name.
A. Yule Brenner
B. Marion Joseph
C. Harold Angel
D. Merry Christmas
2. This holiday charity is an Augusta tradition, which for 83 years has brightened the smiles of children on Christmas morning.
A. Empty Stocking Fund
B. Mayor’s Magic Elf Fund
C. The Fantasticks
D. The 12 Bands of Christmas
3. The first year the phrase “Merry Christmas” was published in The Augusta Chronicle. (Hint: the U.S. president was from Virginia)
4. Known for many songs, including Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, this talented artist was “discovered” while performing in Augusta.
A. Minnie Pearl
B. Ross Bagdasarian (Alvin & the Chipmunks)
C. Little Richard
D. Brenda Lee
5. The number of times Augusta has had a “white Christmas” of measurable snowfall on Dec. 25.
D. Three times
6. This incoming U.S. president spent Christmas in Augusta and made many Cabinet choices while here.
A. Warren Harding
B. Woodrow Wilson
C. William McKinley
D. William H. Taft
7. Christmas Day 1868 featured not one, not two, but three performances by this international celebrity at the Augusta Concert Hall.
A. William Makepeace Thackeray
B. Tom Thumb
C. Edwin Booth
D. Mark Twain
8. The talk of the town at Christmas 1951 was:
A. Richmond school desegregation
B. Santa Claus appearing on local TV
C. A radiation leak at the nuclear weapons plant in Aiken County
D. Explosion of the city gas plant
9. This president spent his first Christmas in office by traveling to Augusta with his grandchildren.
A. Woodrow Wilson
B. George Bush (the first one)
C. Dwight Eisenhower
D. Gerald Ford
10. For years, children sat on Santa’s knee each Christmas at numerous stores along Broad Street. The first year they could visit Santa at the malls was: