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Happy [belated] 65th birthday, Smokey Bear
The Examiner ^ | August 9 2009 | Thomas McAdam

Posted on 08/10/2009 3:57:03 AM PDT by Daffynition

Today the nation celebrates the 65th birthday of one of our most beloved protectors: Smokey Bear, the guardian of our forests. Dressed in a ranger's hat, belted blue jeans, and carrying a shovel, he has been America’s forest fire prevention symbol, since his debut in 1944. Today, he is one of the most famous advertising symbols in the world and is protected by Federal Law. He has his own private zip code, his own legal council, and his own private committee to insure that his name is used properly. Smokey Bear is much more than a make-believe paper image; he exists as an actual symbol of forest fire prevention.

Kentucky’s Governor Steve Beshear, along with the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) and Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF), are recognizing Smokey today. The governor officially proclaimed Sunday, August 9, 2009 as Smokey Bear Day in Kentucky in an effort to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 65th birthday and provide critical information about wildfire prevention.

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TOPICS: Education; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: forestfire; forestry; smokeybear

1 posted on 08/10/2009 3:57:03 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
Smokey gets around, here he is in northern Manitoba...


2 posted on 08/10/2009 4:04:02 AM PDT by kanawa
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To: Daffynition

Happy Birthday, Smokey!
-your longtime pal, Yogi

3 posted on 08/10/2009 4:09:02 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Daffynition

http://www.smokeybear.com/
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"Smokey's Journey" (1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s...2000s)
http://www.smokeybear.com/vault/default.asp?js=1

4 posted on 08/10/2009 4:19:04 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: kanawa
That's coz he has frequent flier miles. ;p


5 posted on 08/10/2009 4:26:55 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: ETL

6 posted on 08/10/2009 4:27:43 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition

Happy Birthday, Smokey! I remember as a boy seeing Smokey during his brief stint at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. It was not a happy time for the old bruin. He and others were displayed in the typical Victorian style of large rectangular cages on elevated concrete platforms, and it saddened me to see him so confined. Mercifully, reforms were instituted so that animal exhibits now reflect a more natural and humane habitat.


7 posted on 08/10/2009 4:30:21 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (Will work for ammo. Proud member of the well dressed mob.)
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To: ETL
Cool links ETL .... I like the old/early posters.


8 posted on 08/10/2009 4:35:37 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: PowderMonkey

Yes I was at the National Zoo just the other day Smokey and about 75% of the Zoo animals are no longer there. They have no Polar Bears and practically no bears at all other than the Panda’s. Yes, they are no longer caged and the Zoo is mo longer a zoo,it is merely a park with damned few animals.

The great collection of animals you went to see has been destroyed by people who feel that animals have no business in cages and a great larning experince for children of all ages has been decimated.

I know I wont be wasting my time on another visit to the National Zoo.


9 posted on 08/10/2009 4:43:23 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Daffynition
Here's one of Smokey during the 1950s negotiating his contract:


10 posted on 08/10/2009 4:45:25 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Daffynition

http://www.smokeybear.com/vault/trails.asp?id=1950

11 posted on 08/10/2009 4:51:12 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL
Those are excellent ETL .... Thanks!

Man wrestling a trained bear
Unknown location, ca. 1902
Photographer: R.H. Trueman

12 posted on 08/10/2009 4:56:45 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition

“That’s coz he has frequent flier miles.”

Not any more, Smokey died in 1976 and is buried in Capitan NM.


13 posted on 08/10/2009 4:57:22 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Daffynition

They need to get they’re facts straight, Smokey was a young cub when found in 1950 after a huge fire in Capitan NM.


14 posted on 08/10/2009 5:03:58 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Venturer
"The great collection of animals you went to see has been destroyed by people who feel that animals have no business in cages and a great larning experince for children of all ages has been decimated."

Perhaps you are too young to have experienced Zoological parks established in the Victorian tradition of "animal collections." If truth be told, the collections were decimated by neglect, and funding shortfalls from declining attendance. The "collections" were in a word depressing. In the extreme. The exhibits afforded visitors so inclined to taunt, jab, and generally abuse the animals. It also endangered visitors. In one famous instance during the early 1960s, a none-too-bright local grandfather hoisted his five year old grandson up for a closer look at the National Zoo's then resident Atlas Lion, only to have the animal reach through the bars and tear the boy's head from his body. The Seals were especially vulnerable to abuse, as they died by the score from stomachs filled with pennies, nickles and dimes thrown at them by abusive Zoo visitors. So yes Zoos now may indeed be merely parks with damned few animals. Perhaps that is for the best.
15 posted on 08/10/2009 5:04:57 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (Will work for ammo. Proud member of the well dressed mob.)
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To: Daffynition

I hate to sound like a pill, but Smokey the Bear was the thin edge of the wedge. It was the beginning of the infantilization of the American people and the first example of government through slick marketing.

Of course, we have now reached the point where government is nothing but slick marketing. But it all started with Smokey the Bear.


16 posted on 08/10/2009 5:06:11 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (Because, deep in my heart, I do believe, that we shall overcome some day.)
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To: Daffynition

17 posted on 08/10/2009 5:07:00 AM PDT by whd23
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To: Dusty Road
CAPITAN, NEW MEXICO - "THE BIRTHPLACE OF SMOKEY BEAR"


18 posted on 08/10/2009 5:12:19 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for posting that, I’ve been to the museum, also went to the Billy the Kid museum. We’ve had a place in Ruidoso for 22 years now.


19 posted on 08/10/2009 5:15:55 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road

Yep.

Also interesting:

“By the way, the U.S. Forest Service makes a specific point of denying that the name was ever “Smokey the Bear”; however, in the 1950s, that variant of the name became very widespread both in the popular imagination and in print. The campaign to remind the public of the correct version of the name is almost as old as the Smokey Bear campaign itself. Smokey’s debut poster was released on August 9, 1944, which is considered his birthday. His name was inspired by “Smoky” Joe Martin, a New York City Fire Department hero who shrugged off burns and blindness in a bold 1922 rescue.”


20 posted on 08/10/2009 5:16:15 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition

His real name was Smokey Bear.


21 posted on 08/10/2009 5:17:54 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: ETL

Classics! Thanks again!


22 posted on 08/10/2009 5:17:57 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Dusty Road

Correction, his real name was Smokey.


23 posted on 08/10/2009 5:19:24 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Daffynition
You're welcome. Thanks for posting the thread.

A candleless birthday cake.


1984

http://www.smokeybear.com/vault/trails.asp?id=1980

24 posted on 08/10/2009 5:29:53 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Daffynition

http://www.smokeybear.com/vault/trails.asp?id=2000

25 posted on 08/10/2009 5:32:45 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: PowderMonkey

Perhaps it is, but a zoo without animals is not a zoo.

Your memories of the National zoo differ from mine. I was a kid who went a couple of times a year. They had animals of every kind ,some of which amazed me as a kid. Herds of Zebra, Wildebeests,they had Prairie dogs, Panthers and white Tigers.

Perhaps you are right , Kids can see these animals on a video tape now, they dont need to see the real thing. I guess the animals they do have left over there will just be allowed to go as they die off. Probably all for the best.I do know I wont be going there again , but if you like to hike and climb a large hill and be ripped off by high price concessions, give it a shot. There are a couple of elephants left, and an old mangy male lion. LOL

There are a few more animals left there, but not enough to make it worthwhile paying the 20 buck parking fee and traipsing that hill with two Grandkids in tow.


26 posted on 08/10/2009 6:00:29 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Dusty Road
According to this, his first name was "Hotfoot." ;)
27 posted on 08/10/2009 6:06:24 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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28 posted on 08/10/2009 6:15:49 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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29 posted on 08/10/2009 6:18:16 AM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition

I’ve heard those six-legged headless grizzlies are extremely rare in some parts.

:)


30 posted on 08/10/2009 6:24:11 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Venturer
You are correct. A zoo without animals is no zoo. My visits to the National Zoo obviously predated yours. I spent many years in direct contact with animals in the wild. A good many of them in Central America and on the African continent. And so, though it's been over 50 years, I still choke up at the memory of first entering the National Zoo's “Elephant House” and setting eyes on a heartbreaking sight: “Jimbo” the resident African elephant. He was confined in that concrete block house. He was chained and staked by one leg to a corner of the room. The old tusker had long since been driven mad by his confinement, and spent his days ceaselessly rocking, and shifting his weight from one side to another. Despite improvements, like yourself I refuse to go back for the reasons you cited. It's a overly-priced rip off, and you can't even drive across the old ford of the artifical stream they once had there (an early and very lame attempt at a “Safari” theme park). It's not what I would consider a "National" zoo at all.
31 posted on 08/10/2009 7:13:51 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (Will work for ammo. Proud member of the well dressed mob.)
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To: Daffynition

I wish I could find the Far Side cartoon with Smokey blindfolded blowing out the candles that look like little trees, and saying “Can I look now?”


32 posted on 08/10/2009 7:18:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PowderMonkey

Many people dont get direct contact with wild animals. They dont get the opportunity to visit foreign countries and see exotic animals. The Nations zoos are the only opportunity they will get to see these animals.

I see your point in wanting animals to be free , it’s a great point , I also see a need for people to actually see these animals, so that when they are asked for funds to save their habitat so they know what kind of animals are being saved. It’s educational for kids to see these wondrous beasts. They wont get that opportunity any longer at the National zoo. That too is shameful.


33 posted on 08/10/2009 8:34:48 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: PowderMonkey

<I remember as a boy seeing Smokey during his brief stint at the National Zoo in Washington, DC

Me too! I still call him ‘Smokey the Bear.’ Screw the Park Service.


34 posted on 08/10/2009 1:41:08 PM PDT by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: Daffynition; All
OK, everybody! Let's all sing that song we learned as kids. All together now...

Smokey the bear. Smokey the bear.
Prowlin' and a growlin' and a sniffin' the air.
He can spot a fire before it starts to flame.
That's why they call him 'Smokey.'
That is how he got his name.


Happy Birthday, big guy.
35 posted on 08/10/2009 2:24:35 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (Will work for ammo. Proud member of the well dressed mob.)
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