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Classic Christmas Song Gives A Little Extra to St. Lawrence University

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” remains one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all times, and it gives more to St. Lawrence University than just a special holiday feeling.

Written by J. Kimball “Kim” Gannon, a 1924 graduate of St. Lawrence, along with Walter Kent and Buck Ram, the song was popularized by Bing Crosby in 1943 and became a top-10 hit. Recorded by Decca Records, the song touched a tender place in the hearts of Americans while it was embroiled in World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record. Because of its personal yet widely appealing lyrics, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” has lasted well beyond the tumultuous period of war and separation.

Since its debut, more than 250 artists and groups have recorded “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Ann Murray, and Michael Bublé. Last year, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) named “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” the 10th most-performed holiday song of the century.

Born in Brooklyn in 1900, Gannon went on to write a number of popular songs during the swing era. He also penned St. Lawrence’s alma mater, “Alma Mater.” Campus lore has it that he wrote in the fall of his senior year on his landlady’s piano.

Gannon went on to a successful career as a lyricist, with some 200 popular songs to his name and three Academy Award nominations. Some of his more popular tunes include big-band standards “Moonlight Cocktail,” recorded in 1942 by Glenn Miller; “A Dreamer’s Holiday,” recorded in 1949 by Perry Como; and “I Understand,” recorded at different times by Nat King Cole, Dave Brubeck and Jimmy Dorsey.

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Darien resident named Oldest Ice Hockey Player by Guinness

A Darien resident now holds the Guinness World Record for oldest ice hockey player, as of Nov. 27. Former Connecticut Superior Court Judge Harold Dean, 86, played with the Puckaneers Ice Hockey Team in Oldsmar, Florida on that day, and told the Darien Times that he still plays three or four times a week.

Dean’s dedication to the sport goes back to his youth, having served as a captain of his high school team at Hackley School in Tarrytown, N.Y. He went on to play at St. Lawrence University in college. Dean’s playing career was put on hold for a while when he embarked on a 28-year tour with the Air Force, earning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then spent 30-years serving on the bench in Connecticut.

He now spends much of the year in St. Petersburg Florida, and finds himself playing frequently with Canadian expats who have made the move to the Sunshine State. Earlier this year, Dean competed in the USA Hockey National Championships in the over-70 division, and a Goals for a Cause charity tournament for seniors.

In 2000, Dean was a member of the Central Ontario team that won the CARHA World Cup. The event is said to be the largest international recreational hockey tournament for adults.
“Getting old takes courage, it’s not for sissies,” Dean told the Times.