Smokey Bear was born on August 9, 1944. His proud parents were the United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council. The “Smokey the Bear” song was written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins in 1952, so everyone gets the furry firefighter’s name wrong now.
“From Orphaned Cub to Internationally Known Forest Service Icon, Smokey Bear Turns 70 Years Old Next Year!” Donna Drelick, USDA blog
The biography of Smokey Bear: the cartoon came first,” John Kelly, Washington Post
h/t: Erica Palan,Mental Floss
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