Editor's Note: Back in 1897, Virginia O'Hanlon had enough faith in a newspaper to pose an all-important question: Is Santa Claus real? Philip O'Hanlon, Virginia's father, urged her to pose the question to the New York Sun, telling his young daughter, "If you see it in the Sun, it's so." That newspaper's editors assigned curmudgeonly Frank Church to write the response. Journalism historians have p...

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