DO YOU REMEMBER THIS FROM TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO?
Adam Ramos a lifetime member of the Smokey Bear Association passed away last week. I met Adam and his wonderful wife Carolyn at a Hot Foot Teddy Collector Association convention years ago. My wife and I instantly took a liking to Adam as he was smart, funny and always had a twinkle in his eye when he talked to you. He and Carolyn have always been strong supporters of Smokey Bear and his message. This wonderful couple attended all of the SBA events that they could drive to wherever it was held. They missed only a few Smokey Bear event held across the US in the last 20 years. They would attend the annual Reno Hot Air Balloon event each year to be part of the Smokey Bear Balloon support team along with their good friends and SBA members the Winer’s.
Adam and Carolyn were the first members of the SBA that I would contact whenever I would plan a convention or regional gathering. I wanted to make sure that they could attend. I often said that it wouldn’t be a party if Adam and Carolyn couldn’t attend.
The last time I saw Adam was May of this year when I hosted a regional gathering here in Roseburg. Adam had been very ill and it looked like he and Carolyn would not be able to attend. Just days before the event Carolyn called me and said that they were going to try to drive the 400 miles up to Oregon to see all their old friends. They made it and yes it was a party. Everyone had a wonderful time and Adam was well, Adam.
Adam and Carolyn Ramos, Frank and Deanne Winer have always been the go to members of the SBA. If you want something done you contact the Frail Old Senior Citizens from California as I lovingly refer to them as. Whatever you asked it got done. These four Smokey Bear enthusiast were one of the main reasons my wife and I joined the Hot Foot Teddy Collectors Association which later became the SBA. We became very close friends who could only see each other once a year but whenever we did meet up it was like it was only a few weeks since we were together last. My wife Nancy, mother Marian,and I as well as all the members of the SBA will surely miss our dear friend Adam.
Please join me in keeping Adam, Carolyn, and their daughter Diane in your thoughts and prayers.
Family of Marian Winchell to honor her with Smokey Bear statue
EMILY HOARD The News-Review
Jun 21, 2017
Smokey Bear memorabilia ranging from toy cars and stuffed animals to snuff boxes, belt buckles and silver coins fills the glass case in the lobby of the Douglas Forest Protective Association. The display is thanks to a renowned collector in the world of all things Smokey Bear, Marian Winchell of Roseburg.
To honor her lifelong love and dedication to Smokey Bear, her family is dedicating to Winchell the life-size wooden Smokey statue that stands outside the DFPA office at the corner of Stewart Parkway and Airport Road in Roseburg.
“We thought she has one of everything, but she doesn’t have a statue,” said her son, Jack Winchell, who’s part of the Smokey Bear Association. “Nobody has their own personal statue, and it can be a reminder for Douglas County.”
Marian Winchell, 89, said her favorite version of Smokey Bear is a plush bear with a rubber nose. She first became interested in Smokey Bear in the 1970s, when her husband worked as a fire patrol officer.
“I thought he was cute because he was just a little teddy bear to me at that time,” Marian Winchell said. “My kids got roped into Smokey.”
When the family lived in Northern Idaho, the kids would ride through a parade on a Smokey Bear-themed float, waving to the crowd alongside a person in a Smokey costume. The family later moved to Bend, and after her kids moved out, Marian Winchell said she filled the Bend house with Smokey Bear memorabilia. She had to downsize since moving to Roseburg, but she’s still on the lookout for anything related to Smokey Bear.
Jack Winchell said most people have distinct first memories of Smokey Bear. Marian Winchell remembered one a fellow Smokey Bear Association member told her.
“Smokey came to his school and it scared him to death, he thought the bear was going to eat him,” she laughed.
For Jack Winchell, it was a record player playing the Smokey Bear song.
The Winchells have displayed some of Marian’s collection throughout the state for educational purposes, and have worked with Kyle Reed at the DFPA, who hands out Smokey Bear materials in schools in Douglas County and educates students about fire prevention.
Before it was a Smokey Bear statue, the wooden figure outside the DFPA was a tree that burned in a fire near Loon Lake 15 miles east of Reedsport in the 1960s. It fell into the water and floated for years until someone fished it out in Reedsport. When Jack Winchell saw it, he thought it would make a great statue, so he had woodcarver Tom Castaneda transform the wood into Smokey Bear with a chainsaw in 2015.
“This is a fire-damaged tree, so it’s gone full circle,” Jack Winchell said. The tree that once burned in a forest fire became a symbol for fire prevention.
According to him, the first Smokey Bear statue ever was carved in Canyonville, so for the new one, he wanted everything from the wood to the carving and the display to come from Douglas County.
He had the 700-pound statue installed at the DFPA in 2015.
“It’s a great location here with people driving by to see it and it works well with our message,” Reed said. “Our job is to prevent and suppress wildfires, and Smokey’s whole message is fire prevention, so it’s a great fit.”
The dedication will take place this Saturday during a Smokey Bear Association celebration at the DFPA.
“It’s a legacy for her,” Jack Winchell said of his mother.
Smokey Bear has been reminding the public, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” since 1944, and has become the longest-running public service announcement campaign under the Advertising Council Inc. His motto was updated to “Only you can prevent wildfires” in 2001.
Jack Winchell said the association’s purpose is to “preserve Smokey’s past, promote is present and protect his future.”
“It’s harder to see Smokey Bear things out and about and I don’t want kids to forget him,” he said.
For more information about the Smokey Bear Association, visit smokeybearassociation.com.
Brianna Hannigan is a 10 year old from Renick, West Virginia.
She is in the 5th grade at Frankford Elementary in Frankford, WV and will be headed to Eastern Greenbrier Middle School this Fall..
In the Summer of 2015 we were walking outside and she wanted to make a fire pit in the backyard. I told her where she wanted to put it was too close to the overhead trees and the house. She asked Why ? I told her that the embers from the fire pit could fly up into the air and fall into some dry dead leaves and cause a forest fire. I told her like Smokey Bear says, “Only You can Prevent Forest Fires”. She then asked me Who was Smokey Bear?
This really bewildered me that an 8 year old child that had been in school for 4 years had never heard of Smokey Bear. I told her when we went back into the house we would look up Smokey Bear and learn all about him.
When she first saw the Smokey Bear commercials she was amazed and wanted to learn all about him. So we did !
When it came time to work on a project for the Social Studies Fair competition she was determined she was doing hers on Smokey Bear.
We called around to the local forestry services and looked online for anything Smokey Bear. We found a lot of resources and was given a lot of things to share with her classmates.
When it came to the day for her to present her project on Smokey Bear she was so excited. She had her Smokey Bear hat and she knew everything about him.
She Won her school competition and was headed to the County competition. She learned the Smokey Bear song and was ready for the County competition.
She got 2nd Place. She was hurt but still excited at everything she had learned.
We sent her picture to the Smokey Bear Association Facebook page and she was excited to see all the Great Responses she got ! Her favorite one was from Smokey’s best friend, Woodsy Owl ! “Great Job Brianna” !
She was ready for her next adventure ! She was determined that her next social studies project would be on Woodsy Owl.
And she did ! We started looking for anything Woodsy Owl.
When we started organizing the Woody Owl project she decided to go the direction of Woodsy Owl and recycling. She learned both the old and new Woodsy Owl songs and was ready for her next presentation.
She again won at her school level and was headed to the County level. She came home with a 98 out of 100 score at the County Level and was headed to the Regional competition.
The Regional competition consisted of 5 counties competing for top honors. She placed 3rd at the Regional level. She was upset she was not going to get to go to the State Level. But we were all so Proud of what she had accomplished.
When the Smokey Bear Association asked for her story, she was again excited ! And wanted to know, “Does Smokey and Woodsy have any more Friends I can learn about?!”
Thank you for allowing Brianna to become friends of Smokey and Woodsy !!
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