I can imagine Microsoft's venerable CEO, Steve Ballmer, ringing bells for the Salvation Army in front of some suburban grocery store.

I can picture him with a pair of white gloves, energetically ringing in a Christmas concert.

But I can DEFINITELY see him ringing the the NASDAQ bell to open trading on the exchange to celebrate 20 years of MSFT trading.

[MSN
"Where:
NASDAQ MarketSite - 4 Times Square - 43rd & Broadway - Broadcast Studio

When:
Thursday, November 30th, 2006 from 9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. EDT."

Haven't these people heard of hCalendar? Apparently not.

Tune in to see whether SteveB dons the white gloves of Christmas, or not...

Haven't these people heard of podcasts? Apparently not.

"Feed Information:
The ceremony will be made available to press via satellite or via closed caption on the NASDAQ Tower on the corner of 43rd and Broadway in Times Square.

Networks are encouraged to take the NASDAQ Opening Bell ceremony feed live via satellite. There will be no interview opportunities before or after the Opening Bell, however, networks are encouraged to use the live broadcast for programming.

In celebration of this launch, NASDAQ's video Wall and Tower will light up in an orange color (instead of the usual blue) to reflect Microsoft's business availability launch theme.

The opening bell is available from 9:20 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. EDT on uplink IA6 C band / transponder 24, downlink frequency 4180 horizontal. The feed can also be found on Waterfront fiber 1623.

Photo Opportunities: To obtain a hi-resolution photo of the Market Open please go to:

http://www/nasdaq.com/reference/marketsiteevents.stm"