Before he was one of Santa's reindeer, he could be found in Montgomery Wards department stores. His story below.

We sing songs about him and his fans watch a classic Christmas themed movie that bares his name. I speak of Robert L. May's 1938 creation Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. The story goes that Rudolph was an underdog reindeer eith abnormal nose, which glows bright red.

And the name Rudolph was not one the original choice when it came to naming May's creation. Original name ideas were Rollo and Reginaldwhich were rejected for being too cheerful and too British.


Rollo the Red Nosed Reindeer? I kinda like it!

In 1949, May's bother in-law Johnny Marks turned the popular story of Rudolph into a song, and Gene Autry's recording of the tune became a smash hit that Christmas season.

And he went down in history...