Nobby: If he loves animals so much he can de-worm Rudolph
According to a Dutch tradition there were flying reindeer who pulled the sleigh of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) through the sky when he delivered presents on Christmas Day. They were named in the 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Vixen. But in 1939, Montgomery Ward department stores were looking for a promotional item to give away during Christmas time. They gave their copywriter Robert L. May the task of coming up with something, and he created an illustrated booklet about the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who had a glowing red nose that the other reindeer made fun of, but who saved Christmas one year when the led the sleigh through thick fog by the light of his nose! The character became even more popular when a nine-minute cartoon was made about the Rudolph story in 1947. May's brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks, put the story to music in 1949. Many artists passed on recording the song, not wanting to tamper with the Christmas legend, but cowboy movie star Gene Autry recorded it in 1949 and it became a huge hit, selling two million copies at a time when million-selling records were very rare. Today it is one of the best-known and most frequently-sung of all Christmas songs.