LGBSE! #socs

Teddy Roosevelt

When I was in about sixth grade, I was fascinated with the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. I figured that any man who ran an Army regiment called the Rough Riders, whose favorite word was "BULLY!", who went on safari and killed elephants (reminder: we’re not here to judge), and who had a smile like you see above, had to be a real character.

I was crazy enough to run around yelling "BULLY!" and came up with a nifty catchphrase for him, "LET’S GO BAG SOME ELEPHANTS!" After a while, I abbREViated it down to "LGBSE!" Now, Teddy was a tremendous statesman, a military hero, and a very intelligent man besides, and probably was nowhere near as rambunctious and never uttered a line like "let’s go bag some elephants!" or even "LGBSE!" But you couldn’t tell me that.

Linda Hill runs Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Now a word about Lucky Strike cigarettes. L.S./M.F.T.: Lucky Strike means fine tobacco!

25 thoughts on “LGBSE! #socs

  1. The things we could run around and yell back in the day might put us in jail nowadays. I wanna know if he had braces or artificial teeth in that photo? That’s quite a striking commercial, I have some old newspapers that have that brand advertised. As always, it is so fun to see what you come up with for the SoCS prompts!

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      1. Oh, yeah, LS was the kind of cigarette that you could chew too. 😆
        Wow – his teeth were straight. It is interesting to look back at teeth – there is a correlation to diet and when teeth started becoming more crooked (according to some folks).

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  2. Would it be judging to say, I’m glad more people are evolving to let the elephants live? (I’m resisting the urge to lecture.) On a more appreciative note, wasn’t he the one who created a lot of natural parks and the Civilian Conservation Corps? Those were good works in my book.

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    1. Most likely Teddy would have felt differently about elephant hunting if he were around today. He was responsible for the National Parks, but his nephew Franklin was responsible for the CCC. Teddy was also the inspiration for the Teddy bear, after he refused to kill a bear cub when he was on a hunting trip…

      A historian named Neil Gale, who writes an excellent blog about Chicago and Illinois history, talks about the problem of “presentism,” judging a person’s actions in the past according to how we feel about those actions today. He believes that it’s unfair to the person being judged and gives a warped view to past events.

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      1. I don’t know about that. By that argument, it was not only forgivable, but admirable to kidnap, sell, own, enslave, and torture Africans in the antebellum South. Why, everyone (white) did it! Was Robert E Lee a great American, or not? It’s worse than the elephants.

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      2. Thanks for the clarification. It makes good sense. I wouldn’t want to be judged for some of the things I did 40 years ago, or even 20 years ago. I’m very glad he didn’t kill the cub. That’s a great story!

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  3. I could just picture you running around saying that too. Lol. Nifty Commercial today. That’s just how I like my cigarettes… Toasted. I kid, I kid. Happy Saturday!

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    1. I woke up this morning and realized I forgot to talk about his dog, Spot Roosevelt, who looked like a cross between Teddy (complete with glasses) and Buster Brown’s dog Tige.

      I believe it’s the tobacco that’s toasted before they make it into cigarettes. Supposed to bring out the natural flavor… I’ve been to Durham, NC and seen the Lucky Strike water tower there. Durham is quite a nice city, and the whole place was funded by the Duke family, who ran the American Tobacco Company.

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      1. Very interesting. Fun fact, I have eaten a dessert that had toasted tobacco in it. Fru-fru dining I had to try due to my celebrity crush on Chef Jason Dady. Another fun fact, we have a Spot Dub. Who knew when we picked out his name he’d be in good company with the famous Spot Roosevelt. Makes my day. hehe

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  4. DNA had not yet been discovered, and we really didn’t know much about cell mechanics. Was the word “carcinogen” even in the dictionary? That “cool” adults smoked cigarettes, cigars, and pipes was what we knew, on all continents. A lot has gone downhill since the 50’s, but at least awareness of controllable causes of cancer has improved greatly, That ad is now hard to believe.

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    1. I’m sure “carcinogen” was in medical textbooks and dictionaries, but not in everyday parlance. We see the commercial now and think “ermahgerd! Smoking!” but remember when it was made, after WWII when a lot of guys returning from the war were confirmed smokers. Cigarette commercials were a significant source of revenue for the networks and other TV stations, so you saw a lot of them. Remember?

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