Friday, November 23, 2012

The story behind the SantaKen photo

The photo you see below has a funny story to go with it.

My friend Tim made it for me in 1997.  That's when Photoshop was a relatively new software program and AOL was all the rage.  Its one of several holiday themed photos that he made for me to use as default photos on AOL.

I kept the files and still use them to this day.  Only now they are used on Facebook and Twitter.

I e-mailed my mom the photo in 1997 when it was new.  She didn't check her e-mail every day so I kind of forgot about it.  Several days later, she called me.  Her voice was panicked and she immediately asked if I was ok.  I told her that of course I am.  She asked if I was sick.  Nope, I was feeling fine.

She wanted to know if I was holding something back.  No, I am doing great.  "Why do you keep asking me these kinds of questions?" was my response.

She then admitted she saw the photo I e-mailed her.  I asked her if she thought it was hilarious.  She said, "no, I am upset that you're so sick."

I had to explain that it was a fake.  I e-mailed it to make her laugh.  I then had to take several minutes on the phone to explain how something like that is created and that's the magic of computers.

Tim put my head on a little girl's body who was sitting on Santa's lap.

My mom passed away years ago but I still get a chuckle every December when I designate the photo as my default on Facebook and Twitter.

Tis' the season to be a jokester.

The gift that keeps on giving every holiday season.