Public Service Campaigns - whatever happened to Smokey the Bear?

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Verani Realty

When I was growing up here in America there was a sense of personal responsibility conveyed to us from those in authority.

There were signs posted along highways and sidewalks that told us to "Keep America Beautiful" , "Don't Be a Litterbug" and my favorite (probably because I was and still am a camper) "Remember, You Can Prevent Forest Fires". - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

I remember walking in the woods and seeing trash on the ground. Did I leave it there? Absolutely not - I picked it up and sang the words to the jingle, "litter bug, litter bug, shame on you....". No way was I going to allow my country to get messed up by some "Litter Bug".

I wonder what kind of attitudes I would encounter today if someone were to drop trash on the sidewalk and I sang that jingle to them?????

When my grandfather smoked a cigarette in the car he would not think of throwing the burning butt out the window. He would have had us telling him that he could start a forest fire with that behavior.

We ought to think about turning the hearts of Americans back to some of the values instilled in us as we grew up and away from the mentality of "who cares anyway?" or "what does it matter?". We may have a cleaner America and perhaps a renewed sense of patriotism.


If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in New Hampshire, please consider using me to help.

Judy Tuscano, REALTOR

Your NH Real Estate Professional

Prudential Verani Realty

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Comments (5)

Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Judy, I remember all those campaigns.  I loved Smokey!  It's funny with all the attention on the environment and going green, you would think that those campaigns would be popular again.  It really surprises me in this day of enlightenment that people still do litter. 

Mar 17, 2009 05:41 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

It's amazing how much trash is along the roadways. Especially now that we're brown season...yucky!

Mar 17, 2009 02:54 PM
Judy Tuscano
Prudential Verani Realty - Nottingham, NH
NH Real Estate Professional

Sharon - I am appalled every time I see trash fly out from a vehicle in front of me. No one seems to care any more. Why don't we see public officials paying attention to this kind of stuff any more? They are probably too busy bilking us out of trillions to care.

Moni - There should be a huge vacuum cleaner going alongside the roads to suck up the trash but that would mean putting someone to work - maybe they can find the money in the "stimulus package"?

Mar 18, 2009 02:43 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Judy your right I can't remember that last time I saw one of those signs, but I do still remember them.

Mar 18, 2009 05:56 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Judy -- I love the smokey the bear sign!  I still see them around some of the small NH towns!  A good reminder how just taking care of our own "crap" can keep america looking beautiful.

Mar 18, 2009 07:13 AM