A nearly 60-year-old argument gets some play in Friday's News-Herald with a short piece on Sunday's Lake Metroparks' celebration of the fire-fighting bruin. We used the phrase that included the word "The," much to the chagrin of purists.
However, ask many folk and you're likely to hear that "the" is added, too. I remember growing up in the late 1950s and the early 1960s singing Smokey's tribute song with the lyrics containing "the" and it stuck in my mind.
For my take on this subject, read the "Behind The News-Herald" blog.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn