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    Posted: 05 Jan 2012 at 9:10pm
I found this 1979 Smokey the Bear commercial on Youtube. Weird commercial, didn't hate it but I thought it was surreal. At first, I thought it was some kind of joke or parody.

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Who records a burning tree without putting it out? Smokey would be disappointed.

We need a Retro Ads and/or PSA section on here. Old ads and most PSAs are indeed, for the most part, surreal and creepy.
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What was weird about it?
It just says, we know animals don't cause forest fires, but people do, STOP IT.
 
 
 
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I like it.  It reminds me of another old PSA from way back when (1971).  Different focus; same guilt trip. 
 
 
 
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Originally posted by musicman musicman wrote:

What was weird about it?
It just says, we know animals don't cause forest fires, but people do, STOP IT.
 
 
 
 
Thats pretty much a myth, sure in rare cases people start illegal fires in the forest..but a huge majority of forest fires are started from lightning strikes
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And many are started by bears lighting toilet paper.
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Originally posted by Hootman Hootman wrote:

And many are started by bears lighting toilet paper.


Damn those Charmin Bears, I knew they were up to no good!!!LOL
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Originally posted by musicman musicman wrote:

What was weird about it?
It just says, we know animals don't cause forest fires, but people do, STOP IT.
 
 
Seems like when I hear these ads lately, they don't call them forest fires anymore...they're wild fires.
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Originally posted by dutchman063 dutchman063 wrote:

Originally posted by musicman musicman wrote:

What was weird about it?
It just says, we know animals don't cause forest fires, but people do, STOP IT.
 
 
 
 
Thats pretty much a myth, sure in rare cases people start illegal fires in the forest..but a huge majority of forest fires are started from lightning strikes
 
The messages are aimed at the ones that aren't started by lightning strikes. 
Usually with lightning there is rain.
 
Besides, people back in the 1970s were know where near as enviornmentally conscious as they are today.
Lighting campfires and not properly extinguishing them was a common practice.
 
 
 
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We love and live in the wilderness...we take 'fire safety' VERY seriously (I get angry very quick when I catch idiots).
When driving through the Mountains, I still see Smokey the Bear all over the place.
All the same, *I* prefer Smokey the Beer.
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

I like it.  It reminds me of another old PSA from way back when (1971).  Different focus; same guilt trip. 
 
 
 
Love the crying indian commercial!
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We just got a fireplace insert a couple months ago, and everytime I spend over an hour trying to get a fire started, I think about stuff like this.
 
Maybe I should have a few beers, light cigarettes and toss those in there carelessly? Could be that I'm trying too hard....
 
 
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I haven't seen this before. Awesome. Love it. BTW, there is a section, well, a thread, for PSA's that I started a long time ago.
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LOVE the retro commercials and PSA's from the 1970's, especially the crying Indian!  Takes me right back to when I was a kid.
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