July 2, 2014

The Past is Prologue

2014: "Prowlin' and a growlin' and a sniffin' the air.
He can find a fire before it starts to flame...."

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1952: Eddy Arnold sings "Smokey the Bear" for an old public service announcement. Purists will tell you that his name is "Smokey Bear" - without the "the". It was this song, which was quite popular with kids in the 1950's, that changed his name in common use. It's not Eddy's fault, the song was written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. However, the Smokey Bear Act of 1952 (16 U.S.C. 580 (p-2); 18 U.S.C. 711) that shortly followed the release of this song, mandates that he only be referred to as "Smokey Bear".

[HT: Rob]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 2, 2014 2:21 PM
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