Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
**So I got this as an email, however I did my research and found out that in fact, it is true… so please enjoy!!**
A man named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.
His four-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing, Bob’s wife, Evelyn was dying of cancer and little Barbara couldn’t understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad’s eyes and asked, “Why isn’t Mommy just like everybody else’s mommy?” Bob’s jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob’s life. Life always had to be different for Bob.
When he was a small kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he’d rather not remember. From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get a job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Deperession. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn’s bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.
Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn’t even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn’t buy a gift, he was determined to make one – a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal’s story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was an outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day. But the story doesn’t end there!!
The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and distribute it to the children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.
In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book because a best seller. many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter. But the story doesn’t end there either….
Bob’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore, it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more than any other Christmas song, with the exception of “White Christmas.”
The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn’t so bad. In fact, Being different can be a blessing!
Enjoy your Christmas season, it goes by all to fast!!!
0 thoughts on “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
aww I love stories like this! So sweet
So beautiful! I've never heard the story of Bob May and Rudolph. I'm thankful to you for sharing it with us!
THIS! IS! AWESOME!! I never knew any of this. I knew that “Yes, Virginia There Is A Santa Clause” is real, but I had no idea about this. Thanks for sharing!!!!
That's a great story. 🙂
I used to have Gene Autry's version of the song many years ago on 78!
P.S. Merry Christmas to you and yours, too! ♥
Well now I love that little story all the more! Thank you so much for sharing this. <3
I'm so glad you posted that. I love the story. It's such a wonderful Christmas tale. Happy endings are so appreciated…
Such a great story!
Nicole, you are such a dear for sharing this with all your blog friends. I work with over 200 seniors that are residents in my retirement community and I am printing this out and sharing with everyone! -ending in- “Thank you to my Blog friend who shared this with me”. THANK YOU! <3
Wow, I had no idea!! That is an amazing story. Rudolph was my favorite growing up and my favorite Christmas song, so this was a very neat story to read! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I love this movie… don't like how the reindeer are mean to Rudolph but love how be becomes a hero! 😀 I wish my DVDs were unpacked… I want to see this movie before Christmas is here!
Stef at TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com