Obit for Santa pelted with snowballs at Eagles game in 1968 is ‘slyly, brilliantly done’

- Frank Olivo, the Santa who was pelted by snowballs at an Eagles game in 1968

– Frank Olivo, the Santa who was attacked with snowballs at an Eagles game in 1968

Author Glen Macnow in December of 2011
“When he dies, you already know what the first line of his obituary is going to say: Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted by snowballs that winter day in 1968… That’s who he will be for the rest of his life.”

Philadelphia Inquirer on May 2, 2015
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I asked Martha Woodall about discovering Macnow’s obit remark from 2011. “My colleague Matt Gelb found it Friday,” she says. “As soon as I saw it I knew my lede – and my kicker.”

* Glen Macnow predicts the first line of Frank Olivo’s obit (youtube.com/2:35 mark)
* Obit: Frank Olivo, 66, substitute Santa hit with snowballs at Eagles game (philly.com)
* “Slyly, brilliantly done!” and more praise (facebook.com)

– h/t Ben Yagoda




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