Skip to comments.Happy [belated] 65th birthday, Smokey Bear
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 Americas 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.
Kentuckys 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 Bears 65th birthday and provide critical information about wildfire prevention.
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Happy Birthday, Smokey!
-your longtime pal, Yogi
"Smokey's Journey" (1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s...2000s)
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.
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.
Man wrestling a trained bear
Unknown location, ca. 1902
Photographer: R.H. Trueman
“That’s coz he has frequent flier miles.”
Not any more, Smokey died in 1976 and is buried in Capitan NM.
They need to get they’re facts straight, Smokey was a young cub when found in 1950 after a huge fire in Capitan NM.
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.
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.
“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.”
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