…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 57)

Uh-oh!  Yogi Bear’s sidekick, Boo Boo, is carrying one of the “pic-a-nic” baskets that Yogi snatched away from some inattentive campers, and Ranger Smith is hot on his trail!  That’s too bad, because it really wasn’t Boo Boo’s fault.  He likes to do the right thing and keep Yogi from doing things he shouldn’t do, but he has a difficult time trying to keep Yogi out of trouble.  Ranger Smith will be very disappointed!

Boo Boo has been very loyal to Yogi and has been by his side since the “Yogi Bear” segment of The Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958.  When Yogi was given his own series in 1961, Boo Boo went with him.

As for Ranger Smith, the former US Army soldier oversees Jellystone Park and makes sure nobody (or no bear) is breaking the rules.  Wanting to protect both the campers and wildlife, the park ranger greatly disapproves of Yogi stealing food from the visitors.  As a result, he has a grudging respect for Yogi and can never quite decide if he should send Yogi off to a zoo or not.  Although their relationship is quite antagonistic, they are also friends, so if serious trouble were to befall one of them, the other, out of sheer guilt, usually attempts to rescue them.

In this case, Boo-Boo got caught in the middle, poor little bear!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 56)

Yogi Bear wandered away from Jellystone Park to join us here at Sun City Peachtree!  He must have sniffed out the “pic-a-nic” some residents were having.  He is a grizzly bear after all, and when there’s food around, a hungry grizzly bear will find it!

Not your typical bear, Yogi can be seen stylin’ a green hat and white collar with a green tie.  Hanna-Barbera Productions made sure he looked his best when they debuted the bear in 1958 as a supporting character in The Huckleberry Hound Show.  The fashionable bear became so popular that he was even more popular than Huckleberry Hound!  As a reward, he got his own show in 1961.

Like many Hanna-Barbera characters, Yogi’s personality and mannerisms were based on a popular celebrity.  Yogi was inspired by Art Carney’s Ed Norton character on The Honeymooners.

The plot of most of Yogi’s cartoons centered on his antics in the fictional Jellystone Park, which is based on Yellowstone National Park.  The bear’s sidekick, Boo-Boo Bear, would accompany him on his frequent quests to steal picnic baskets from the campers at the park.  That didn’t sit well with Ranger Smith, the park ranger, and Yogi’s girlfriend, Cindy Bear didn’t approve of his behavior either.

It didn’t matter what Ranger Smith or Cindy thought, though.  As Yogi would say, “I’m smarter than the av-er-age bear!”

Yogi had other catchphrases, too, such as “Hey, Hey, Hey!”  My favorite was, “Hey there, Boo-Boo!”

Watch for Yogi at a “pic-a-nic” near you!