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Rudolph Returns to Easton After 30 Years


EASTON, Md.- After a more than 30-year absence, Rudolph has returned to the roof in the Talbottown Shopping center.

Over one hundred people turned out to welcome Rudolph back to Easton on Friday night.  Rudolph had previously towered over the shopping center from 1957 through the mid 70s.  He disappeared, and noone knows where he went.

He is connected to a phone booth, where he asks children what they want for Christmas.  Emily Mintzer is one of the people who visited Rudolph in the 1960s.

"The big deal was, you would go to the phone booth, and talk to Rudolph.  He asked your name, you told him what you wanted for Christmas, and all was right with the world because you knew he got the message, and you were going to get all the little goodies you wanted." she said.

Rudolph's return was a project by Easton Utilities, as a way to celebrate the company's centennial.  President and CEO Hugh Grunden was another one of the people who would visit Rudolph constantly, and is the man behind the project.

"I was fascinated, absolutely fascinated, I could not get enough turns in the booth.  It didn't occur to me that he was just saying the same thing over and over, it was just a thrill to talk to Rudolph on the phone." said Grunden.

He says Rudolph also had an impact on his adult life.

"I remember standing in the booth and watching the cable that runs up to the receiver that he's holding in his hand, and I was fascinated by how that works, so maybe that's what led me to the utility business." he said.

Rudolph's phone booth will be open every day until December 24th.  Grunden says he hopes this is a tradition that will stick around for many years to come.


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