1. Bambi. On August 13, 1942, Disney's 5th full-length
animated motion picture Bambi premiered in New York City. Soon after,
Walt Disney allowed his characters to appear in fire prevention public service
campaigns. However, 'Bambi' was only loaned to the government for a year,
so a new symbol was needed.
2. "Smoky" Joe Martin, a New York City Fire
Department hero who shrugged off burns and blindness in the bold 1922 rescue.
3. Smokey's debut poster was released on August 9, 1944,
which is considered his birthday.
4. "Remember, only you can prevent forest
5. An American black bear who in the spring of 1950 was
caught in the Capitan Gap fire, a wildfire that burned 17,000 acres in the
Capitan Mountains of New Mexico. The cub was in the Lincoln National Forest.
Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had
6. At first he was called Hotfoot Teddy, but was
later renamed Smokey, after the mascot.
7. He lived at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., for
26 years until his death on November 9, 1976.
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