Former Santa Claus
Texas mourns today as word spread of the injuries sustained by “Big Tex”, the official greeter at the fair.
Investigators suspect that an electrical fault may have caused the deadly blaze. Governor Rick Perry issued a statement, calling it a “Sad day…across the Lone Star State.”
Tex, 60, has been on the job since 1950, amassing a loyal following.
Prior to his cowboy career, Tex served a brief stint as Santa Claus. Though he seldom talked about the experience, he confided to close friends that while “he could handle a stampede of Texas longhorns, those damn reindeer were a pain in the A–.”
In a move sure to create controversy, recruitment for a replacement is already underway.
(SOURCE: NYT, AP)