As Fire Prevention Month comes to a close, here’s a catchy reminder from country star Eddy Arnold and the Forest Service about everyone’s favorite forest fire prevention advocate.
Ever wondered - is it Smokey Bear or Smokey the Bear?
Smokey’s official name has no “the” in the middle though. It was added in 1952 to achieve proper rhythm in the song “Smokey the Bear”, written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins.
Did you know? Just like his colleague Woodsy Owl, Smokey has a Public Law (P.L. 82-359) protecting him. Congress passed the law in 1952 to prevent Smokey from being used to sell commercial products. It was believed that this would dilute Smokey’s forest fire prevention message. Their strategy seems to have worked. Wildfire prevention is one of the most successful campaigns that the Ad Council has ever produced.
NARA & NPS Gov Doc: Couple poses with Smokey the Bear
Boise-Cascade Insulite Plant at International Falls, 07/1973
Smokey the Bear would like you to know that there’s only 1 week left to catch the “Searching for the Seventies: the DOCUMERICA Photography Project” exhibit! It closes Sunday September 8, 2013, at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
(And of course, only you can prevent forest fires!)
Happy Birthday Smokey!
COUPLE POSE IN FRONT OF SMOKEY THE BEAR MASCOT NEAR ENTRANCE TO THE BOISE-CASCADE INSULITE PLANT AT INTERNATIONAL FALLS SITUATED ON RAINY LAKE NEAR THE CANADIAN BORDER, THE TOWN IS A POINT OF ENTRY TO AN EXTENSIVE WILDERNESS REGION, 07/1973
Last year we posted a more "animated" tribute to everyone’s favorite forest fire-fighting mascot.
Happy 67th Birthday, Smokey Bear!
Remember, only you can prevent forest fires.