KAKE's Henry Harvey inducted into Santa Claus Hall of Fame

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Wichita's Henry Harvey has been elected to the 2017 class of the "Santa Claus Hall of Fame" in Santa Claus, Indiana. 

Harvey first put on the Santa suit in 1956, and starred in KAKE’s "Santa’s Workshop" with puppet ‘KAKEman’. He was on the air as Santa for 37 years bringing the true joy of Christmas to hundreds of thousands of children in the Kansas Heartland during that time.   

‘Santa’s Workshop’ would air every week day for 30 minutes from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve when Santa would have his big FLY-Away show!! The program consisted of Santa and KAKEman playing with toys, reading letters, singing songs and ‘educating’ the children of the day on morals, doing the right thing.  

Henry would also appear at David’s Department store (a prominent sponsor of ‘Santa’s Workshop’ for many years) and as Santa he’d see up to 350 children every time on his visits. Never would a child be turned away from Santa’s lap under any circumstance. 

Harvey died in 1993.  

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