December 30, 2011


Guests: David Mollenhoff, author, Madison: A History of the Formative Years and Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace: The Enduring Power of a Civic Vision
Tom Linfield, VP, Grantmaking and Community Initiatives, Madison Community Foundation

Madison historian, David Mollenhoff, shares the story of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on this very special Christmas Eve edition of
All About Living. And just when the story ends and yours eyes are still glistening from hearing how "Rudolph" emerges as the hero, David moves into the story behind the story. Who wrote the story? Why did he write it, and how did Gene Autrey, the Singing Cowboy, come to record the second most popular Christmas song ever? And what does "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" have to do with us today?

Tom Linfield answers that question. As coordinator of grant-making at the Madison Community Foundation, Tom seamlessly moves into how the spirit of "Rudolph" is expressing itself in so many creative ways in Dane County. Adjusting to an uncertain economic environment appears to have energized people to find ways to help our community move forward - through what some might consider an economic fog. Tom gives us an umbrella view of the amazing projects that continue to expand our vibrant community environment.