Two years before his death, Arthur was asked about what makes Rudolph timeless. “I really don’t have an answer to that,” he confessed. “I think because it was the first special of its kind… I think that, in looking for something to watch for Christmas, parents put their children in front of the television.
“And as the audience grew, so did the children that watched it,” he added. “They grew up to become mothers. And they grew up to become grandmothers! And they also put their children and grandchildren in front of the television set… To many people, Rudolph means Christmas.”
We don’t know where Santa would be without him!