Everyone knows that Woodsy Owl is “the name and representation of a fanciful owl, who wears slacks (forest green when colored), a belt (brown when colored), and a Robin Hood style hat (forest green when colored) with a feather (red when colored), and who furthers the slogan, “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute”, originated by the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.” Right?
But did you know that it’s the law? See 16 U.S.C. 580p
We learned this after Harold Bell, one of the creators of the Woodsy Owl character died recently. Originally a marketing agent for the Lassie TV show, Bell created the character with several forest rangers who were serving as technical advisors to the show. According to Bell’s NY Times obituary, they considered a raccoon, a bull elk, a rainbow trout and a ladybug, before deciding on an owl. Woodsy Owl was legislated in 1974 and the fanciful owl became the law of the land.
(Hat tip to Concurring Opinions.)