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That Time a Girl Wrote to JFK Asking If The Soviets Were Going to Nuke Santa Claus

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In 1961 an eight-year-old girl from Marine City, Michigan wrote to President Kennedy. She wanted to know if the Russians were going to bomb the North Pole. JFK responded with the letter below, assuring her that Santa would be just fine.

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Illustration for article titled That Time a Girl Wrote to JFK Asking If The Soviets Were Going to Nuke Santa Claus

Young Michelle Rochon of Michigan had nothing to worry about when it came to Santa’s safety. Because the president had “just talked with him yesterday.” Santa Claus, being a badass who presumably didn’t give Christmas toys to those godless commie kids in Siberia, could clearly take care of himself.

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As for the American people? Well, that’s what duck and cover drills and those dog tags were for.

Top image via a 1970s NORAD TV commercial; Letter via the John F. Kennedy Library

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Having grown up in the Cold War with the (seemingly) constant threat of the impending nuclear end of the world, I can completely see how this little girl might have feared Santa becoming “St. Nuke”. It was very sweet of the president to send a letter to reassure a frightened child. Growing up in that that time, and under that continual fear, effected an entire generation, even to this day.