Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece.
One of the more unusual Christmas gifts I've ever received came from a student several years back. It was a 2-foot high Bing Crosby in a Santa suit with a pipe in one hand and a microphone clutched in the other. Touching a button at his feet gets Bing's knees bending, hips swiveling, head moving side to side and an oversized jaw dropping in unison to a familiar voice singing familiar songs.
All of this is highly entertaining for the first 10 performances. At approximately 100 renditions of "White Christmas," there comes over me a seasonal urge to strangle Bing or, better yet, offer up another Yule log for the fire. But that will never happen given the exalted status of "family tradition" the little fellow has attained.