As the year ends, two amazing stories
come to mind.That of Evelyn Ryan and Robert L. May.
Evelyn Ryan was a mother of 10 who supported her
family by entering jingle contests in the 1950s.
The Prize Winner of . Defiance, Ohio. :
How My Mother Raised 10 kids on 25
Words or less by Terry Ryan documented the story.
In 2005, Hollywood released a film based on the book.
Surprisingly, the many serendipitous events
that Evelyn Ryan experienced in the movie
were factual and not
notes a family member that I contacted a few years ago.
The strange way that
just in time miracles kept happening in Evelyn
Ryan’s life is truly an inspiration
for the cynical or discouraged.
Robert L. May wrote Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer
during the Depression era.
May used his childhood experience
as inspiration for the story.
But many people may not be aware
of a remarkable fact…
May created Rudolph, but he was an employee for
Montgomery Ward and assigned the task of dreaming
up an idea for a booklet to be used as a customer giveaway.
Years later, before the song, but long after the popularity of
Rudolph had been established. Montgomery Ward released
the copyright to May after he’d suffered family tragedy
and had staggering medical bills.
Getting control of the copyright for the little reindeer
with the colorful snout lifted the May household out
of economic misery
(Through the Decades, Decades.com, December 2016).
True, miracles don’t happen nearly as often
as many would like but
Evelyn Ryan and Robert L. May remind
us of possibilities.
Two people who followed their
creative talent and wonderful things transpired.
Dee Adams is the author of
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This post is an excerpt from the
forthcoming revised 2017 edition
How Rudolph Invented
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