John J. York (Mac)
GH’s John J. York (Mac), wife Vicki, daughter Schyler, grandson Eli and dogs Winnie and Belle
if you’ve seen the movie A Christmas Story, you have a pretty good idea of what the holiday season was like for GH’s John J. York as a kid. “I don’t know where they actually filmed it, but it looks like it’s my school and my neighborhood — and that’s me growing up!” marvels the legacy player who brings Mac to life. “I remember it like it just happened this morning — waking up and going to the front window of my house on Christmas and seeing a blanket of snow covering everything. Big snowflakes floating down, that magical glow around the lights…
“I was very lucky,” he adds, “to have those great memories growing up.”
The Chicago transplant watches the movie with his family every year — perhaps because he’s been celebrating in sunny California for decades now! But the more things change, the more they stay the same. “Every year, my dad, my brothers and I would go up to the attic and pull out all these old, dusty boxes filled with spiderwebs and Christmas decorations and set them all up — and that’s kind of what we do now,” he says. “My wife, Vicki, has collected Annalee Christmas dolls. So we have boxes in the garage filled with reindeer, snowmen and Santas, and we’ll pull those out and decorate to the Christmas songs.
“We’ll also get a Christmas tree while Schyler’s here with Eli,” he continues. “That’s always a tradition.”
Schyler and Eli would be York’s daughter and grandson, who only makes the holiday sweeter. “Elijah’s a year and a half old, so this will really be his first Christmas,” says York. And while they’ll be sepa-
rated for Santa’s official visit, Grandpa has got a huge gift coming his way — the chance to introduce his favorite guy to that winter wonderland of his childhood! “A few days after Christmas, Vicki and I will travel with Schyler and Eli to the Midwest, and for a week and a half, Schyler will work and we’ll get to babysit and see as much of my family as we can,” he grins. “I don’t get to see everyone very much — and there are a lot of us spread across Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis. My mom and dad had six kids, those six kids gave them 10 grandchildren, and from those 10 grandchildren, I want to say there are about 50 kids. Whoever we get to see, it’s going to be great!”
The holidays don’t seem to leave the Yorks dog tired — not even Winnie andBelle!