Arizona Storytellers: Building Community

In December, I had the honor of sharing a story of my childhood at RepublicMedia’s Arizona Storyteller event at the Arizona Biltmore entitled “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” The resort ballroom was sold out with over 400 in attendance. I enjoyed greatly sharing my story of growing up in L.A. and celebrating Christmas in North Hollywood without snow, but dreaming of it the way Hollywood sold it. I had fun recounting my first Hollywood Christmas, in the spring of 1972, as an extra on my father’s television Christmas special, “Miracle on 34th St.” I actually got to squirt Kris Kringle, aka, Sebastian Cabot, in the face with water from a squirt gun. He called me “the fastest gun in the West.” I will always thank director Fielder Cook for my 10 seconds (that’s stretching it) of fame! If you have a chance, don’t miss an upcoming Arizona Storytellers event in the Phoenix area. You’ll soon want to be sharing your story!

Why Stuart Rosebrook gets coal in his stocking: He's the youngster shooting Santa witha squirt gun in the 1972 version of Miracle on 34th Street

Stuart Rosebrook at Arizona Storytellers

Stuart Rosebrook at Arizona Storytellers with his new book “At Work in Arizona.”


About Stuart Rosebrook

Stuart Rosebrook has over 25 years of professional experience in journalism, publishing, public history, television production, and non-profit management. He is currently on contract as Senior Editor for True West magazine, managing five departments. He also blogs three times a week on book news, film and television, and Western history. He is the owner of his own business, Quo Vadis Communications, LLC. His first book, At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years, a 168-page, 5 color, photo-essay book for Alliance Bank of Arizona, with curator Marilyn Szabo, was published in Phoenix in December 2014. Other professional roles included institutional advancement and development, consultant and editor for the William and Mary Alumni Association, the Orme School of Arizona, associate editor of Arizona Highways magazine, associate producer for Falrose Productions, and an assignment editor KTVK-TV3 in Phoenix. He is a professional historian of the American West, 20th Century American History, and Public History. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and a B.A. in history from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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