“One of the big mistakes you can make is to not believe yourself.”

Boyd Applegate’s job is driving big-rig trucks. But his passion is Santa Claus.

Each Christmas Boyd dresses up as a “real-beard” Santa. He does it for love, not money — in more than 20 years he has never accepted payment for his services.

At StoryCorps, Boyd told his sister, Rhonda Dixon, how he got his start.

Boyd won the Goodyear Highway Hero Award in 1993 for saving 3 people from auto accidents.

Listen here to Boyd speaking about his work as an election volunteer.

Recorded in San Diego, California
Music Info: "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" by The Ventures
Produced by Michael Garofalo
Facilitated by Michael Garofalo
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