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Library 1953

The Bicentennial Committee planned a weekend celebration like an "Olde Fashioned Fayre' with Towne Criers, Arts and Crafts, Soap Box Orators, and flags of the "Thirteen Original Colonies." The cast and crew of the extravagarm wore costumes of the Colonial era, and encouragement was given to the public to do the same.

All celebrations are not big extravaganzas; some are just fun things about trivia and happenings that may not be well known. For instance recently, according to Bill Painter the Assistant Director of the library, the IO0th Anniversary of the Teddy Bear was celebrated. Painter went on went on with the story of "Where and Why" the "Teddy Bear?" President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt and others on a hunting trip in the south encountered a large ferocious bear and the bear was seriously hurt by one hunting dogs in the chase. The bear was mortally wounded and the President had ordered it destroyed, as that was the humane thing to do. According to Clifford Berryman it was fair fight but the bear was critically wounded and the President gave orders to humanely put the bear out of its misery. Clifford Berryman was a famous newspaper cartoonist for the Washington Post and thus drew a cartoon of the incident and called it "Drawing the "Line" relative to the Presidents disputes recent Mississippi and Louisiana boundary disputes and protecting the wildlife disputes. Berryman did a cartoon that illustrated Roosevelt's political missions as well his domestic of protecting the wild life. The bear that was shown was ferocious monster and maybe needed killing not protection so the cartoon in later. As other newspapers picked up on the bear cartoon the story changed as well as the bear. Berryman drew a new bear this one being a cub. The new story was that Roosevelt was refusing to shoot the bear cub. The story touched Morris Michtom who owned a novelty store in New York and he and his wife started making the Teddy Bear as a novelty item. Michtom probably never knew but he created small icon that has become part of American history.

THE NEXT ISSUE WILL FEATURE
ANDY MURCIA AND THE NORTH MIAMI THEATRE
OR ANDY'S FANTASY AND MISS VICKY

 

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