I'm sure everyone remembers this Sugar Land institution: riding through the shopping center parking lot in the old fire truck with Santa during the Christmas holidays. Here are a couple of polaroid pictures from the Seitz-Plokuda family collection. The first one shows Santa ('Soapy' Borowski) with his helper (Albert Grohman) driving some kids through the parking lot. Judging by the cars, I'd say this picture was taken in the early 1970s.
Here's a picture of Santa and his helpers taking a break. (They probably had to stop so Santa could replenish his bag of candy.)
Tommy Laird has told me that he, Danny Borowski (Update: Duane Riggs, not Danny), and Johnny Armstrong tried to throw Albert in the creek when they worked at Imperial one summer as student employees. He said they had a heck of a time wrestling him into the water even though he was 'an old man.' I wish I could have seen that. Here's an article from The Crown (Imperial bulletin) published in June, 1971.