Why was the teddy bear named after Theodore Roosevelt Please answer by 5:00 P.M. on 10/23/01?
#14294. Asked by Webster. (Oct 22 01 7:00 PM)
An enthusiastic big game hunter, in 1902 Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt refused to shoot a lone bear cub his party had stumbled on. Subsequently photographed with a bear cub, the tradition of calling the kid's toy teddy bears grew up.|
In November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt and some of his friends went |
on a hunting trip to Mississippi. After hours of searching, Roosevelt and his
group had not come across any wild animals. Finally, the group did track down
and surrounded a helpless bear. One of the guides asked the president to shoot
the bear so he could win a hunting trophy. The president refused, and news
reporters throughout the country spread the story of Roosevelt's kind act.
Not long after this took place, a famous cartoonist named Clifford Berryman
drew a cartoon based on Roosevelt 's rescue of the bear. When a store owner
in Brooklyn saw the cartoon, he decided to make toy bears to sell in his shop.
He asked president Roosevelt for permission to use the name ''Teddy's Bear''
for his toys, as a reminder of the bear Roosevelt had set free.
Nowadays, everyone knows these toys as Teddy Bears, but few people know
that they were named after President Theodore ''Teddy'' Roosevelt.
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