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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....05-09-06....Teddy Bears on Parade
Billie

Posted on 05/08/2006 9:32:43 PM PDT by Billie



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in need; and congratulate those deserving. We strive to keep our threads entertaining, fun, and pleasing to look at, and often have guest writers contribute an essay, or a profile of another FReeper.
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~ Billie, Dutchess, DollyCali, GodBlessUSA, JustAmy ~










How many do you have? Do you still have your childhood Teddy Bear? Did you ever wonder how Teddy Bears got their name? For any of you who didn't know - or don't remember the story behind the name of these squeezable, huggable little stuffed bears.......very briefly, it goes like this:



In November of 1902, Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President, went on a hunting trip near Little Sunflower River in Mississippi. To make sure that the President had an easy target and wouldn't go home empty-handed, his hosts had captured and stunned a little bear cub and tied him to a tree. President Roosevelt, however, refused to shoot the defenseless cub and made them set it free.

The press who were covering Roosevelt's visit quickly heard of the incident, and the Washington Star's political cartoonist Clifford Berryman drew a cartoon of the incident entitled Drawing the line at Mississippi. The cartoon, which emphasized the helplessness of the cub, was printed in all the papers, and Roosevelt's popularity soared as a result of his actions. For the rest of his political career President Roosevelt's mascot was 'Teddy's Bear', which Berryman continued to use in all his cartoons and which played a key part in the Presidents successful re-election campaign of 1905.












Although most of my teddy bears only come out at Christmas, I do have a couple that have a permanent spot in my house.   A soft, plain one sits in an old-fashioned highchair in the family room, but the one pictured below, which sits near me when I'm on the computer, is my very favorite grown-up teddy bear, because she's posable, and I love her hat and her granny glasses; but most of all, I love the voice that sings! (Chantal Kreviazuk, from the soundtrack of a TV show called "Providence", which is no longer on air)




















03-28-06 ~ Hall of Fame #15

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
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1 posted on 05/08/2006 9:32:48 PM PDT by Billie
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To: ST.LOUIE1; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; Aquamarine; deadhead; ..

2 posted on 05/08/2006 9:33:52 PM PDT by Billie
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To: ST.LOUIE1

3 posted on 05/08/2006 9:35:05 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; ...

4 posted on 05/08/2006 9:42:01 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Billie

How cute! Teddy bears are great!


5 posted on 05/08/2006 9:44:12 PM PDT by LUV W (A free Iraq . ... will serve as an amazing example for people who are desperate for freedom! GWB)
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To: SandRat
'Evening, SandRat - thanks for your cute Teddybear pledge. :)


6 posted on 05/08/2006 9:45:00 PM PDT by Billie
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To: LUV W; GodBlessUSA; Mrs.Nooseman
Hi, Luvbo, this is the first time I've had so much time between *new* posts in a while - have enjoyed *making* lots of teddybear graphics. :)

7 posted on 05/08/2006 9:47:49 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie

Oh, my! What a sweet gift! I am sure we will all use this one many times, until the little bears are tattered and torn! ((((hugs))))...thank you for always giving us sweet surprises!


8 posted on 05/08/2006 9:50:52 PM PDT by LUV W (A free Iraq . ... will serve as an amazing example for people who are desperate for freedom! GWB)
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To: Billie

Thanks, thought it fit so well to tonight's theme and wanted to share.


9 posted on 05/08/2006 9:51:07 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Billie; snugs

Just had to tell you, the Military Monday was beautiful, especially with the commemoration of VE day. Wonderful thread! Bears are cute as well!


10 posted on 05/08/2006 9:52:47 PM PDT by scubachick (Support our troops!)
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To: Billie

I'm going to have to now go and dig up that Pic of MY
" Victory Bear " looking out from the side window of my old Flying WartHog!--each Side Winder or Maverick had a small little Bear blowing a Kiss -with the captions that read, "..with all our love! from Uncle Sam Bear!"

Nothing better than sitting on a little Gatling too and two GE TF34's!

I don't even remember who gave it to us ( the BEAR!); but it had Little Flight, Gy/Bk Goggles, a mini G-111 Jacket, Silk, and of course- the most Beautiful Thing I think I have EVER seen in my entire life so far: The American Flag!!

"Bears" & America Flags DO go together!!

DAB


11 posted on 05/08/2006 9:53:16 PM PDT by AirBorn
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To: scubachick
Thank you, scubachick! We love having our tributes on Monday to our military.

12 posted on 05/08/2006 9:59:33 PM PDT by Billie
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To: LUV W
You are welcome - this one was originally just the two bears - I thought of the three of you, though, and made triplets with it. :)
13 posted on 05/08/2006 10:01:17 PM PDT by Billie
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To: SandRat

It's perfect! I'm glad you shared it!


14 posted on 05/08/2006 10:01:51 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie

You can do the most amazing things with graphics! It is just too sweet!


15 posted on 05/08/2006 10:02:19 PM PDT by LUV W (A free Iraq . ... will serve as an amazing example for people who are desperate for freedom! GWB)
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To: Billie

Are you saying we need to Grin and Bear it?


16 posted on 05/08/2006 10:03:20 PM PDT by Common Tator
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To: AirBorn; All
Oh, please do find that pic! Would love to have it posted here!

I'm going to say goodnight and will be back in the morning. Hope it's posted when I get back. :)

17 posted on 05/08/2006 10:04:18 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Common Tator
Are you saying we need to Grin and Bear it?

LOL. I've got to go for now. Back in the morning. :)


18 posted on 05/08/2006 10:06:34 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
I still my 'Jimmie Bear' from when I was only two (I'm sixty so he's sixty one). He went with me into the hospital on several occasions in my childhood (had polio in '47) and even went to surgery a couple of times after my Mother sterilized him in a brown bag in the oven! My first wife composed a beautiful 'autobiography' of Jim E. Bear many Christmases ago ... it's a dear thing to me. Jim has presided over many Christmas Trees, with seated guest secret bears and other assorted friends. I wrote my first two novels with Jim presiding over the work on the dining table. He's had several 'surgeries' (thoracic), so his excelsior is quite mussed, but he's still the center of my affections. My two cats aren't allowed around him any more ... they 'loved' on him too much with their cruel claws. [He's a Stieff, BTW, as is one of his companions, a small 'secret bear' who holds many of my childhood secrets for safe keeping.]
19 posted on 05/08/2006 10:07:50 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Billie
Well, it's that time for me.


20 posted on 05/08/2006 10:44:07 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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