Why do we call them "smoky bears"?

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  1. skinnytrucker

    skinnytrucker Heavy Load Member

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    A good friend of mine (not a truck driver by the way) asked me the other day why we call cops "smoky bears" and I told him I didn't know but I would do my best to get an answer and I quickly thought of this message board. So if anyone on here knows the history behind that please let us all know. Thanks
     
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  3. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    Probably because alot of them wear the same style hat like the Smokey Bear on the Forest Fire Ads.
     
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  4. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    Its the hat. SmokeyBear generally refers to the highway patrol.

    You've seen it before. Disco lights behind you. Smokey gets out of the car and puts that famous hat on his head and tilts it foward and pulls the rear strap down, locking it in place so the wind doesnt take it off his head.

    Locking this hat in places cuts the circulation off in the forehead. Instant headache. SmokeyBear is about to ruin someone's day.
     
  5. MedicineMan

    MedicineMan Road Train Member

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    Because my daddy did :biggrin_25525:
     
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  6. stepnfetchit

    stepnfetchit Medium Load Member

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    Years ago the Us Forest Service rescued a bear cub from a forest fire. They decided to get peoples attention to put their campfires out by using the bear dressed in a Forest Service uniform and they named the bear Smokey. There used to be posters, books, tv ads,pamphlets etc all with "Smokey the Bear" as the center piece. The Forest Service wore hats like many State Police agencies,hence, "Smokey the Bear' Have a great day and be safe.
     
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    JahB Road Train Member

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  8. skinnytrucker

    skinnytrucker Heavy Load Member

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    I'm with you on that to medicineman, i'm a third generation driver.
     
  9. skinnytrucker

    skinnytrucker Heavy Load Member

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    Thanks for all the responses guys, I had a feeling that's what it was about just not real sure of myself sometimes.
     
  10. lonewolf4ad

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    And for those less familiar with Smokey the Bear don't forget Smokey and the Bandit
     
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    TripleSix God of Roads

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