鲁道夫's little brother

下午4:34发布 星期四

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I know 鲁道夫’s little brother.

And now that 鲁道夫 and the other reindeer are safely back at the North Pole, I can tell you the mostly unknown story of where the 鲁道夫 tale came from and why that story may tug at your heartstrings more than other holiday stories.

I have known for years that Robert May, father of my law school classmate Chris, wrote the book about 鲁道夫, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But I did not know the details.

克里斯上周收集了一些细节,并与我分享了这些细节。

他写了,“I grew up as the younger brother of 鲁道夫 the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a character that my father, Robert L. May, created in 1939 in his children’该书的标题。 When I popped into the world in 1943, 鲁道夫 was already four years old.”

鲁道夫的故事书遭到同行的拒绝,因为他看上去和他们不同,并且没有’t quite fit in.  Chris explains, “有一天,当圣诞老人意识到鲁道夫时,他是有福的’即使在最雾的夜晚,明显的体弱也会有助于引导他的雪橇。 那个使他成为流浪汉的奇怪小家伙突然变成了英雄!”

Chris says that 鲁道夫 was modelled on his father’s life.  “他在纽约长大,是个聪明的小种族犹太人,’t quite fit in.  问题的部分原因是,他至少在早期就很小。”

他只有不到100磅的体重,直到高中毕业为止。

“Dad’s life in some ways resembled 鲁道夫’就他成长为劣势者而言,他何时以及如何最终得到‘discovered’在圣诞老人的帮助下突然成为了更加受人接受的英雄。”

罗伯特(Robert)于1926年从达特茅斯(Dartmouth)毕业后,获得了Phi Beta Kappa的称号,并为多家大型目录公司做广告。 1939年在蒙哥马利病房,他被要求创造一个孩子’送给客户的书。

克里斯解释说罗伯特’的四岁女儿芭芭拉(Barbara)提供了帮助。

“爸爸会读她的文章,然后评估她对不同单词选择的反应。”

 Montgomery Ward published and gave away 2.4 million soft cover copies of the 鲁道夫 book in 1939 and another 3.6 million in 1946.

该公司拥有版权。因此,一开始罗伯特没有从该项目中获得任何收益。“But that didn’对他来说真的很重要” Chris says, “这深深地成为了我想对我父亲说的话,我对此深为钦佩。他自己的童年经历,再加上当时的生活状况,使他很容易识别自己带给世界的角色。”

克里斯(Chris)说他的父亲试图传达一个“message of hope,”讲故事“an underdog” who was “但最终还是取得了胜利。”  He hoped that children who heard or read the story of 鲁道夫 would, in his words, be inspired by “像我一样,以失败者的身份开始生活的小鹿。” 

If there is a message in 鲁道夫, Chris said, it is that “宽容和毅力可以克服逆境。 这是一个接受的故事。”

鲁道夫’他的名声消除了他父亲对自己的怀疑。 “In this way, what he got out of 鲁道夫 was far more valuable than money, something that money could never buy.”

“但是对于爸爸来说,钱从来都不是。 重要的是,每年十二月,他都可以打扮成鲁道夫的骄傲之父,再次出世。 Rudolph’的成功从未转过头。 直到最后,他还是一个谦虚的人。 I think he saw 鲁道夫 as a blessing, rather than as something he could take full credit for.” 

Note: Chris tells his dad’s story in more detail on a new podcast available at: //irregularpeople.show

And the complete original manuscript can be read at : //www.npr.org/2013/12/25/256579598/writing-rudolph-the-original-red-nosed-manuscript

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