In 1939, as a copywriter for the Montgomery Ward department store chain, he wrote the story "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as a promotional booklet. It was illustrated by Denver Gillen, a friend from Montgomery Ward's art department.
Brother-in-law of composer Johnny Marks, who wrote the song, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," based upon May's original story.
Personal Quotes (1)
[on the character of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer] "Everything connected with Rudolph has a touch of miracle about it, a kindly star."