Monday, June 1, 2009

Smokey Bear


In mid New Mexico we stumbled upon Smokey Bear's museum and gravesite! Apparently, the "real" Smokey Bear (and we were informed that it is "Smokey Bear" and not "Smokey THE Bear") was discovered here in the mountains hugging a tree as a little cub during a wildfire. His feet were burned so he was nursed back to health and became the real life symbol of the animated Smokey.






Smokey's Grave.

7 comments:

Cele said...

Every year I have to script a parade and then broadcast it over the air. Every year every Forest Service district on the central Oregon coast puts Smokey Bear in the parade (yes several) and every year the guy I broadcast the parade with (for the last 12 years) makes sure we ALL KNOW it is Smokey Bear. argh.

Virginia said...

So did the Smokester have to dig his own grave?
V

Maya said...

Cele: Haha. I didn't know that until now. I guess I should have gone to one of your parades!

V: I don't think so!

Janet Kincaid said...

Okay, now I've got the Smokey Bear song running through my head in a loop... I wonder if I'm going to have to deal with that all day?

RIP Smokey Bear.

Kim said...

. . .howlin' and a growln' and a sniffin' the air. He can spot a fire before it starts to flame, that's why they call him Smokey and that's how he got his name." Okay, so now that that brain worm is firmly embedded, on to the next post. . . :-)
-Kim

Marc said...
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Marc said...

Marc said...
Smokey is my earliest childhood hero. I use to watch the Rankin Bass cartoon every Saturday morning'69 - '70, and cried when it was canceled. Thank-you for posting the photos.