Did you know? Just like his colleague Woodsy Owl, Smokey has a Public Law (P.L. 82-359) protecting him. Congress passed the law in 1952 to prevent Smokey from being used to sell commercial products. It was believed that this would dilute Smokey’s forest fire prevention message. Their strategy seems to have worked. Wildfire prevention is one of the most successful campaigns that the Ad Council has ever produced.
Yeah, Carver and Wheatley were defs in my textbooks as a kid. Another cool fact tied to that - there were slaves in the American South who handled mail in the nineteenth century (as early as 1802 from what I’ve read). Like the above person mentioned, this was also at a time when people doubted the literacy of slaves - one must have been literate in order to transport mail - you gotta know where it’s going. Eventually, just barely post-Reconstruction, there were even black postmasters, among them James W. Mason, Charles W. Ringgold, or Mrs. Anna M. Dumas.
One of my former roommates and I would yell this around the house as “I PICK THINGS UP AND I PUT THEM DOWN.” Now that I’m trying to get in shape for my wedding, I find myself laughing at the phrase while at the gym. I guess if it works, it works.