GNW: First off, I would like to thank you for taking the time to meet with us this week. We know that you are one of the most sought after interviews in the world right now, especially after being named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.
Blitzen: It's my pleasure. Good News Weekly is a great publication, and I jumped at the chance to interview with you guys.
GNW: You are too kind. So let's get straight into the question on everybody's mind; how does it feel to be named Person of the Year?
Blitzen: It is a great honor. I never could have imagined that I would grace the cover of such a prestigious publication.
GNW: There is some controversy that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, or Wikileaks' Julian Assange should have been this year's choice. How do you handle the criticism?
Blitzen: I have huge respect for both of them, and their accomplishments. But at the end of the day, while they have managed to inspire millions, over my career I have helped inspire billions - everyone knows who I am. Plus, being part of a team that hands out free toys every year definitely gives me the advantage. [laughing]
Actually, Mark called to congratulate me shortly after the announcement. Mind you, he calls every year trying to get me to put a in good word for him with Santa. For a guy who has it all, he certainly has a long Christmas wish list.
GNW: Any chance you could give us a peak at his list?
Blitzen: [laughing] Maybe later.
GNW: Sounds good. So with Christmas just around the corner, how are you feeling?
Blitzen: I’ve definitely felt better. After so many years, it becomes really tough to stay healthy. I’ve got nagging arthritis in my back and I’m currently seeing a specialist about a hip replacement.
GNW: With all of these injuries and all that you’ve accomplished in the industry, when does the time come when you hang up the antlers for good?
Blitzen: Every year I sit down with my family and we discuss my future. I was heavily considering retiring this year but I received a house visit from Comet, Donner, and Vixen who flew in and urged me to come back for one more year. I couldn’t say no to that.
GNW: Wow that really is something. Do you ever get worried that you may not be able to make it through the entire night? You’ve never missed a house in all of your years in the industry. Does that streak weigh on you at all?
Blitzen: The streak is truly something. When it’s all said and done and I end up in the Hall of Fame, I really believe that will be the most eye-popping part of my career. I never really think about missing a house. When I saddle up and Santa gives me that look, it’s all business from there on in.
GNW: Currently in Canada, they are going through some very cold weather. Will you be able to handle that at your age?
Blitzen: Way back in 1936, we had to persevere through an entire snowstorm across Eastern Canada. 1936 is known worldwide as the “North American Cold Wave” and the weather really took its toll on some of the reindeer. It was tough but we managed to get through it. If I can get through that, I can get through anything. Then again, 1936 was right in the middle of my prime so we’ll see how it all plays out this year.
GNW: You truly are a warrior Blitzen. We wish you the best of luck this year in what may be the last Christmas of your career.
Blitzen: Thanks! Keep up the good work you guys. Good News Weekly is truly something special!
Tune in tomorrow as we sit down for an interview with notorious “Bad Boy”, Comet. With all the controversy surrounding his latest antics, this is sure to be the most unforgettable interview of the series. Click here for Full Interview