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  • Being DifFeRenT can be a blessing!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Orange County, Entertainment & Nightlife in Orange County, Market Conditions in Orange County  |  December 12, 2011 6:52 PM  |  315 views  |  No comments
    THE STORY OF RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER 

    I had never heard the story of where Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer came from.  Hard to believe the gesture Montgomery Wards made! 
    The story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Did you know the origin of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?  I had never heard this story.  Enjoy and Merry Christmas!!! Being different can be a blessing!

    A guy named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.  His 4-year-old daughter, Barbara, sat on his lap quietly sobbing.  Bobs wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer.  Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home.  Barbara looked up into her dads 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. 

    Being 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 a 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 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 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 toys 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 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!


    Sometimes we can feel like misfits! Be yourself and keep smiling, Merry Christmas!

    If your home is a misfit, maybe it is time to sell it and find your Dream Home? I can help with both.  I specialize in customer satisfaction through a different kind of service, GREAT service!  Let's discuss your needs, wants, and find a fit for your lifestyle. 

    Being different can be a blessing!

    NuVision Realty can help
    call Paul Marchi 714-429-0023
    SoCal Valuation Specialist

    www.NuVisionRealty.us

 
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