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Santa's Village Gone Wild!: Tales Of Summer Fun, Hijinx & Debauchery As Told By The People Who Worked There. Paperback – November 3, 2010
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"Loved that book! That Santa house was warm. Sex, Drugs, & Santa! What amusement...Park. And a filthy frozen North Pole!"
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"It's a true gem! A fan must-have.We highly recommend it!"
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"A really fun read."
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About the Author
After spending his informative years in his birthplace of Elgin, IL - Christopher Dearman has called Dundee, IL, Carbondale, IL, Orlando, FL, and Lake Delton, WI "home" at certain points in his life... Graduating from St. Edward High School (which is a story in and of itself), he took his talents to Carbondale, Illinois (with a Disney internship mixed in), where he spent five years nurturing his creative muse (while trying not to kill too many brain cells). Spending the last decade working as a banker and underwriter, Dearman decided it was finally time to confess his some of his amusing life stories for all to read in SANTA'S VILLAGE GONE WILD! and the upcoming CARBONDALE GONE WILD!. As creator of the the full-color graphic novel BLACKOUT DRUNK and spin-off comic strip BLACKOUT SKUNK - Christopher Dearman continues to shun political correctness, while trying to entertain the masses with his precarious prose. Christopher Dearman or his creative endeavors have been featured in: USA Today, the Chicago Sun-Times, TimeOut Chicago, and authored books: SANTA'S VILLAGE GONE WILD! and the upcoming CARBONDALE GONE WILD!
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That's exactly what this book is. A collection of stories by people who worked in the park, along with some history of the park to fill you in. Some stories are funny, some are touching, some leave you wandering what happened.
This isn't a detailed history of the park, and there aren't any photos. It's a lot like sitting in a bar listening to the gang tell stories about what happened when they worked there as kids. Since they were teens, booze, dope, and girls factor in many of the stories. They also mention that safety and employee training weren't exactly job one. "Hey kid, you've had your driver's license for a couple weeks now, want to drive the fire truck ride? It's a real fire truck, and by the way, it doesn't have brakes..." No big deal. Apparently the Ferris Wheel was actually a thrill ride at this park, or should have been, if the customers understood what was going on. The conversation could have gone like this: "So, how long have you been a ride operator?" "Uh, I'm not sure, what time is it?" LOL!
It also appears that they had an "un-authorized profit sharing" policy at the carnival games. From the sounds of it, if the park had actually gotten all the money the games pulled in, it would look like Disneyland by now! OK, maybe not that bad, but lots of scamming going on.
If you want a fun peek into the life of a bunch of teenage carnies, then this is a fun read.
Christopher's stories made me laugh and sometimes even cry, his detailed account of the craziness of working at this amusement park made me feel like I was almost there. So although I was never lucky enough to obtain a job at Santa's Village, I do feel like I am more connected with the wonderful history of Santa's Village. The book gave such fantastic historical information too, it makes me proud to live in the area that was host to such an amazing park.
Christopher as an author puts himself out there and exposes things about himself while working at Santa's Village that maybe less confident authors would not be willing to share. The honesty and down to earth written words makes this book a must read, whether you are familiar with Santa's Village or not, readers will find some type of connection with this fabulous book!
It paints such a vivid portrait of the rides and experiences that I felt like I re-lived the old magic. Not to mention
that is book is so hilarious and cleverly written. The illustrations are funny as well and add a nice touch to back up many of the stories.
I give this book my highest recommendation whether you ever went to the park or not. If you've ever just been to any amusement park,
or worked at carnival at young age, you'll find common ground with this book.
Spread the word, this one is a keeper!