Saturday, June 17, 2023

My Dad Knew Smokey Bear

smoky the bear and a man with suit and tie


A Father’s Day tribute, looking back through the eyes of a child. For the full story, click the link & read on:

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A veteran north country writer & story teller raised in Saranac Lake, Dick enjoys “Living in the Day I Am In”, and then writing about it. A severely speech impaired 3x cancer survivor, his pen is his voice. He shares many of his Adirondack Outlaw adventures & tales here. Read the rest on his blog @

5 Responses

  1. louis curth says:

    I enjoyed your photos, and the memories they bring back of my own nearly 40 years of working with your dad and so many other dedicated people who tried to make good things happen in the Adirondack region.

    I’ve got plenty of photos of rangers, Smokey Bear, various red ranger trucks, etc. in my album too, much like yours. As for trucks, my son says the one he liked best was the red, W.W. II surplus, open air jeep that I brought home from our HQ in Warrensburg during dry fire times.

    Happy Father’s Day, Dick, and thanks for sharing your stories of your dad and those times.

  2. Hugh O Canham says:

    Nice tribute to your Dad and to Smokey Bear. I went to college with a son of Bill Bergoffen who was one of the principal creators of Smokey Bear. I remember at our College graduation he came to the ceremony. He had also graduated from the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse in the 1930’s and was head of Public Relations for the U.S. Forest Service.

  3. Thank you, Hugh. That is so very cool! My kids just gave me an illustrated children’s book for Father’s Day. “Smokey Bear Saves the Forest”, Copyright 1971. Not quite vintage, but the Smokey Bear I grew up with. The coolest part was, my kids bought me the book before any of them even knew I wrote this post! Now I can enjoy sharing Smokey Bear stories with my granddaughter.

  4. John Scanlon says:

    Quite a tribute, thanks so much. Many of us who went to the NYS Ranger School, and that went on to serve with the NYS Forest Rangers were aware of the history and legacy left by those that came before us. These Rangers were our mentors, instructors, family of sorts. Now retired several years myself, one of the greatest gifts of the last years of service was to be able to pass along what I learned from these professional woodsman and PR specialists to the new Rangers coming up through. Times change, the job evolves, but the dedication to service remains intact. Thanks again to those who came before, that set bar for service. Now saddle up, we gotta go! There’s a search, or a fire, or an incident that needs to be managed………..”When will you be home?” I don’t know……

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