One of the highlights of the holiday season — far better than fruitcake, much less stressful than holiday parties — is Techno Claus.
That’s “CBS Sunday Morning”‘s annual present to viewers. “Santa” — who for some reason has a New York-ish accent — offers viewers a whimsically rhyming musical look into some of the season’s more intriguing high-ish tech items.
It doesn’t take Einstein to figure out that Techno Claus is really David Pogue.
His clever patter and fun piano playing are no surprise. The nationally known tech writer/journalist/author/TV star majored in music at Yale, then spent his first 10 years after graduation working in New York, with a theatrical agency, and as a conductor and arranger on Broadway.
Pogue is also a longtime Westporter. Yesterday’s gift to viewers had a decidedly local flavor.
Nearly all of the scenes were filmed at his house: inside, in front and out back.
The only other locale was Granola Bar. That was for a segment on a reusable straw. Okay, it’s not exactly high tech — but it is important.
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Pogue’s Santa’s take on a speaker with scents; a spy camera for pets (it dispenses treats too); a keyboard for phones, and a wallet with tracker.
Ho ho ho!