Smokey the Bear's is Celebrating his 70th Birthday today on August 9

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Smokey the Bear's is Celebrating his 70th Birthday today on August 9

Smokey Bear turns 70 Years Old Today

Smokey Bear was created in 1944 because of fears of  forest fires while most U.S. firefighters were in battle overseas. When the war ended, Smokey stuck around - and he's now at the center of the longest-running public service announcement campaign in U.S. history. Research shows he is known by 96 percent of American adults and ranks near Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus for name recognition. His creation was a collaboration of the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council.

In 1950, a bear cub was burned in a fire and was nursed back to health and kept at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. until his death in 1976. They called this bear "Smokey Bear".

Smokey is all over the social media pages and taught in the schools to younger children.

Please join me in wishing  Smokey a 'Happy Birthday' today.

 

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Donna Foerster
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Of course I'll join the party! Happy Birthday Smokey! You are looking good for your age!

Aug 09, 2014 08:01 AM #13
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Joe Pryor
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I grew up with "only you can prevent forest fires". Nice to see Smokey still bringing it.

Aug 09, 2014 09:19 AM #14
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Hi Gene,

With the Park Rangers and the public/private schools plus the Fire Departments all over the country, I would think all Americans know about "Smokey the Bear".

Aug 09, 2014 01:10 PM #15
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Hi Jerry,

We all adore Smokey the Bear. Thanks for stopping Jerry.

Aug 09, 2014 01:11 PM #16
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Hi Debbie,

Me too! I have warm memories and remember getting coloring books from the Fire Dept and my teachers. When you learn it early, you never forget it.

Aug 09, 2014 01:13 PM #17
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Hi Rob,

I agree and we have had a lot of problems in CA as a small fire would start from a catalytic converter off the side of the road and a huge brush fire will burn for 5 days destroying thick brush. We must all be careful.

Aug 09, 2014 01:15 PM #18
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Hi Noah,

Yes we all love and remember Smokey Bear.

Aug 09, 2014 01:17 PM #19
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Hi Ron,

I am so glad to hear you always put out your fires. Here in CA we are not allowed to have fires in the mountains and only in open camp grounds.

Aug 09, 2014 01:18 PM #20
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Hi Patty, 

Thanks for stopping by to wish Smokey the Bear a Happy Birthday.

Aug 09, 2014 01:19 PM #21
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Hi Fred,

I am not sure what the normal live expectancy of a black bear is but considering he never had to forge for food and was comfy for 26 years at the National Zoo. How exciting Fred Griffin Licensed Real Estate Broker  that you got to see  him. I am sure he was quite a celebrity.

Aug 09, 2014 01:22 PM #22
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Hi David,

You know it is one thing when accidents cause fires but what is worse when arsonists set the fires deliberately. Maybe stiffer penalties.

Aug 09, 2014 01:24 PM #23
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Hi Sybil,

Yes he is a true icon of our county and I am so glad he is still around.

Aug 09, 2014 01:28 PM #24
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Hi Carla,

That would make it more special to have sweet memories like that. Happy Birthday Smokey.

Aug 09, 2014 01:29 PM #25
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Hi Karen,

You're right as Smokey did a great service to our country and is a true hero to always be remembered. I imagine so many kids and adults loved to go visit Smokey at the zoo. That is something I want to do in the future, is go to the National Zoo in Washington. I guess I am pretty lucky to be close to the San Diego Zoo though.

Aug 09, 2014 01:32 PM #26
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Hi Donna,

I am so glad you Donna Foerster and Karen Kruschka came to the party.

Aug 09, 2014 01:33 PM #27
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Hi Joe,

Such a good phrase that Smokey taught us and something we will never forget. PS: Love your little Poodle as it is adorable. I used to have poodles and they were all so sweet. 

Aug 09, 2014 01:34 PM #28
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He was a familiar face on the TV and on signs when we went to the mountains. I am glad to know he is older than I am and that gives me hope.

 

Aug 10, 2014 11:25 AM #29
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Hi Debbie,

He hasn't aged in years so maybe we need to think about moving to the mountains. Smokey is still giving kids good advice to "Prevent Forest Fires".

Aug 10, 2014 01:27 PM #30
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Kristin, sure remember Smokey The Bear as a kid growing up in the 50's and always heeded the advise to be careful when camping and using fires!  May the memory live on and that effective ad campaign as well!

Aug 16, 2014 02:42 AM #31
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Hi Sharon and Bruce,

I think it was a productive campaign and just updated it and put it on FB. Children need to grow up loving animals and nature and do what they can to keep our areas fire free.

Aug 17, 2014 02:30 AM #32
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