Yes, The Associated Press This Morning Announced The Death Of ‘Yogi Bear’
And now we see the problem with newspaper websites letting AP news alerts go live without manual oversight. Or, maybe it was an amazing coincidence, and the Hanna-Barbera cartoon bear really did die on the same day that former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra passed on.
Anyway, this is what readers saw on the Las Vegas Sun site -- and many others -- this morning:
A sad day for Jellystone National Park. pic.twitter.com/RUcJR81V0R
— Benjamin Freed (@brfreed) September 23, 2015
Oh no ... he was only 57.
Of course, there's been confusion over the name since 1958, when Hanna-Barbera first introduced Yogi Bear on television. He was a "side B" character in the Huckleberry Hound cartoons, and by 1960 became so popular that he got his own show. The real Yogi Berra was not amused. He promptly sued -- having taken a lot of grief from friends and teammates over the name.
In its defense, Hanna-Barbera rather implausibly claimed that the name was just a coincidence. But before it could go to trial, Berra withdrew the suit -- perhaps realizing that the continued publicity from hauling a cartoon bear into court was more embarrassing than the name itself.
Besides, Yogi Bear's persona wasn't based on the Yankees' catcher at all. Animators said he was modeled after Art Carney, then starring with Jackie Gleason in The Honeymooners. And that's completely believeable, right down to the hat.
It's all kind of a humorous aside on a day in which we really need it -- because who didn't love Yogi Berra? I think he would have approved of adding a small touch of humor.
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