Who is this reindeer named
...who guides Santa's sleigh with the biological aberration of
a red, glowing nose capable of penetrating thick fog?
whole story of Rudolf appeared, out of nowhere, in 1939. Santas at Montgomery
Ward stores gave away 2.4 million copies of a booklet entitled "Rudolf the
Red-Nose Reindeer." The story was written by a person in the advertising
department named Robert May, and the booklet was illustrated by Denver Gillen.
The original name of the reindeer was not Rudolf, according to the book "Extraordinary
Origins of Everyday Things", by Charles Panati. The original name was Rollo,
but executives did not like that name, nor Reginald. The name Rudolf came from
the author's young daughter! In 1949, Gene Autry sang a musical version of the
poem and it was a run-away best-seller. The Rudolf song is second only to "White
Christmas" in popularity.
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