Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bud's History of Carols ...

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
From 'Bud's History of Carols' on Facebook...

Ad-man Robert L. May created ‘Rudolph’ in 1939, when he wrote a whimsical little story and circulated it at Christmas time in pamphlet form among the Montgomery Ward (remember those?) mail-order department. Ten years later, tune smith Johnny Marks composed a musical setting, and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ burst on the holiday scene in Gene Autry’s hugely successful recording.

By the way, Autry was afraid the song wasn’t right for his cowboy image, but his wife, Ina, convinced him it was. Boy was she right!

He designed a battery powered toy in 1901 at the age of 20. When the toy was placed in a store’s display window to advertise other Christmas products, his toy created more interest than any other product in the window. What toy was it? [Answer in next mailing]
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