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July 1, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
As of today, teddy bears will have official status as the state toy of Mississippi. Mississippi claims a distinctive reason for declaring teddy bears the state toy. This year marked the 100th anniversary of a hunting expedition by President Theodore Roosevelt in the Mississippi Delta. After three days without success, the president was offered a captive bear to kill, and he refused.
June 9, 1999
Seems every campus is a stage and there's a little ham in all of us. Whether dressing to fit the theme for a school dance, playing a part in a play or just clowning around, students rose to the occasion. At the drop of a hat, they grabbed their wigs and heels and, well, teddy bears. As one Huntington Beach High senior puts it, "Even if you don't have a costume, you just have to dress up!"
March 24, 1985 | BARBARA MAYER, Associated Press
Characters such as Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and Kliban's Cats have been showing up in many American homes recently, in books and other products and as motifs on decorative home accessories. These commercially successful figures are, however, only the latest in a long line of animals, which have been used in many forms as home decor.
November 1, 1996
Celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey and Kevin Costner have designed special signed teddy bears to be auctioned off Saturday in a benefit for the Hillsides Home for Children, a nonprofit residential treatment facility for young victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The event will be at the Warner Bros. Studio back lot. A cocktail party and preview of the bears begins at 4 p.m., with the auction scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
December 18, 1993 | JOHN DART
The Rev. Margie Ann Nicola is packing them in this month at the non-denominational Encino Community Church--not only with Christmastime churchgoers but with teddy bears headed for Childrens Hospital and Optimist Club organizations. Last Sunday, the pews held 156 people and 120 stuffed bears. This Sunday will be the last day to donate the toys, although Nicola may be reluctant to part with the quiet, eyes-straight-ahead parishioners.
October 13, 1988
Which of the following does not appear to belong with the others: gun, badge, handcuffs, teddy bear. Now, they all do. As of Wednesday, hundreds of Long Beach police officers carry little teddy bears for children traumatized in an accident or other incident. The brown furry bears tucked in the trunks of black-and-white cruisers are a gift from Assisteens, a group of young women who work with the Assistance League of Long Beach, police spokeswoman Pam Davidson said.
January 27, 1988 | CARLOS LOZANO, Times Staff Writer
There was some serious bear-hugging going on at Esther L. Walter Elementary School in Stanton. Second-graders who lost their teddy bears in a fire at the school Sunday were surprised when an Irvine company presented them with 30 new teddy bears on Tuesday. "It was really a super thing to do," said Principal Charles Williams, 44. He said the children were "overjoyed" with the bears, "holding them, hugging them, squeezing them, trying to figure out what names they were going to call them.
Sometimes the urge to get involved is too much to bear for Fred Deni. And that explains why thousands of teddy bears these days are pouring in to the Santa Monica restaurant he owns. Customers bring them when they come to eat. Delivery men drop them off out back. Schoolchildren shyly hand them over at the front entrance. Everyone is waiting for Deni, 48, to take the stuffed toys to Bosnia-Herzegovina and hand them out to orphans and the mentally disabled in the battle-ravaged region.
July 24, 1990 | HERBERT J. VIDA
When Mary Ann (Mac) Pohlen was growing up, she had a stuffed monkey for a friend. The other kids had teddy bears. Nothing much has changed except now she spends 10 to 12 hours a day making teddy bears, but she still doesn't have one she can call a friend. "I have a collection of bears from other artists that I've bought or traded, but those bears only have meaning to me because of the person who made them," said the Brea mother of two sons, 8 and 11.
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