INTERESTING! The True Story of Rudolph.

 
Bob May stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December
night. His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap. Quietly sobbing.
Bob’s wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. 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. Small when he was a 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 his job as a
copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. 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 a
misfit 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
story book 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 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
became 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 records 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.MERRY CHRISTMAS!*
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