Sunday, June 12, 2011
Smokey the Bear
I've been researching Smokey the Bear. Who is Smokey the Bear? Smokey was created as a logo in the year of 1944 to prevent forest fires. Since then he has become a larger symbol for protecting the environment. Albert Staehle an artist for a magazine drew a picture of a bear cub in a ranger's hat and belt. He was named after Smokey Joe Ryan a well known fire chief of that time. But Smokey the Bear is more than a cartoon. In 1950 a black bear cub was badly burned in a forest fire. Smokey was nursed back to health in a ranger station. When he healed he was flown to a zoo in Washington D.C. Smokey the bear died in the year of 1976. A fun and educational website for me is :http://www.smokeybear.com/vault/default.asp?js=1 Remember, only you can prevent forest fires!