People: Nov. 12, 1984

Two years ago, when he was a second-grader at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parochial school in Queens, N.Y., Danny LaBoccetta was asked by his art teacher to draw something Christmassy for a national postage-stamp contest. LaBoccetta, now 9, obligingly produced a red-cheeked, smiling Santa and then forgot about it. But his Santa was chosen from 500,000 entries, and last week it appeared on a new 1984 Christmas stamp. "I feel real happy, it's an honor," says the lad who had to interrupt his Halloween to sign autographs. Success has not spoiled the young artist, but time has inevitably made him...

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