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Talking About Teddy: Pop culture icons brag, boast, and blurt out their true Teddy secrets. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 19 August 2013 15:11
Elvis Presley poses with his hug of bears! The singer was promoting his hit single.
Screaming Elvis fans the world over sighed and dreamed when they heard this tune.
After the King’s death on August 16, 1977, a host of memorabilia visualized, including this exclusive Walgreens Elvis Bear.
The King of Pop—Michael Jackson—was flooded with gifts from fans.
A Teen Queen, Annette Funicello grew up to be a teddy bear designer.
Patty Duke, a star since childhood, helmed a bear line for BOYDS, along with artist Ann Inman.
For ALLURE magazine, Jennifer Aniston nearly bared all, along with an artfully placed teddy bear.
Jennifer Aniston likened “Friends” co-star Matt LeBlanc to a great, big teddy bear. Here, the two exchange a bear hug.
At the Oscars, Mark Wahlberg shared the spotlight with his “Ted” co-star, the title Teddy character.
Through literary passages, animated scenes, and devotion to what is good and kind, Winnie the Pooh’s life has been a long one.
Peter Bull became a champion of the modern teddy bear movement, encouraging artists to create and collectors to cherish the bears.
Urging folks to get in touch with their inner children, Peter Bull appeared as a teddy bear on a game show.
Elvis Presley poses with his hug of bears! The singer was promoting his hit single.
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A teddy bear is a rare accomplishment, indeed. Without having to dance, shake, moonwalk, or entertain in any extravagant way, it is one of the sturdiest and most enduring symbols of love. Seated comfortably on a bed or standing guard at a nursery’s threshold, a teddy bear is a gentle but fierce protector of our childhoods and our dreams.

Knowing this, and blogging about it biweekly, I decided to share some other folks’ thoughts on just what a teddy bear meant to them. The list is filled with household names that run the gamut from one of the world’s most famous, photogenic women (Jennifer Aniston) to a onetime underwear model and current show business impresario (Mark Wahlberg) to the undisputed king of rock and roll (Elvis Presley, whose death was 36 years ago this month). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89MihWd6zKk

Cuddling with a bear at bedtime is a rite of passage, and it fuels the comedy ramblings of such disparate modern-day wits as Woody Allen (so cerebral and brainy) and Seth MacFarlane (all about bodily functions).

Like Pam Brown, who has often been quoted in teddy bear circles, observed, “Bears need people. People need bears.” I enthusiastically second that mantra, and present a diverse assemblage of people who aren’t bashful about their “beary special” relationships.

And it certainly wouldn’t be a complete compendium of quotes without the erudition and earnestness of Peter Bull, the gentleman who coined the phrase “a hug of bears” and opened up on talk shows around the world about being an adult collector. From Johnny Carson to David Frost, Bull made the chat-show circuit. He was a vocal and articulate advocate for holding on to one’s inner child and one’s childhood companion. Modern collectors and antique collectors, alike, owe him a debt of gratitude. Hear, hear!
     

“To a child, Teddy is a bridge between a human and an animal. He doesn’t mind being dressed in ridiculous hats, or even being read to. You can blame him for anything, and he won’t deny it. His marvelous face expresses anything a child wants to feel or hear.”
Peter Bull, British Thespian and Author who founded the modern teddy bear movement

“The idea of ‘Ted’ seems improbable at first. A boy wishes that his bear comes alive, and poof! The bear does. It’s the perfect setup for comedy. But, really, don’t most of us wish that could have happened? Maybe not to have that bear around for the next 30 years, but at least for 30 days. Okay, 30 minutes.”
Seth MacFarlane, Comic/Impressionist/”Family Guy” Creator/Ex “Oscar” Host

“Thunder buddies for life, right?”
Ted, the teddy bear, and Mark Wahlberg in “Ted”

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus a day, so I never have to live without you.”
Winnie the Pooh, Disney Film Version

“Now that I’m all grown up, I can buy any old teddy bear I want—except the old teddy bear I want!”
William Sternman, Writer/Observer

“I grew up in the spotlight. At night, my teddy bear let me be me.”
Patty Duke, Award-winning Actress and Teddy Bear Aficionado

“Matt LeBlanc is the biggest teddy bear on the planet! And who doesn’t love teddy bears?”
Jennifer Aniston, World’s Most Famous “Friend”

“How can a girl resist wearing a diamond or hugging a teddy bear?”
Rhonda Shear, Stand-up Comic/Actress/Body-Shaping Garment Businesswoman

“Teddies do not need to be new or handsome, they just need to be there.”
Cheryl A. Hingley, Collectibles Author and Enthusiast

“Baby, let me be your lovin’ teddy bear/Put a chain around my neck/And lead me anywhere/Oh, let me be/Your teddy bear”
Elvis Presley, American Icon

“Dolls can be works of art and sculptures in a museum. The best thing about a bear is that beneath all of its clothing and its accessories, it’s still just a teddy bear. That is comforting.”
Steve Cronk, the late editor of Teddy Bear Review

“Everyone will go through bad times in their lives. It is comforting to have a teddy bear by your side.”
Annette Funicello, America’ Sweetheart and Teddy Bear Entrepreneur

“A teddy bear is a cuddle with paws at the end.”
“A bedroom without a teddy is like a face without a smile.”
Gill Davies, Children’s Book Author and Editor

“My fans show me how much they love me by sending me teddy bears and stuffed tigers. I love them for it.”
Michael Jackson, Tiger Beat Magazine interview, member of the Jackson 5

“I was scared of the dark. Oh, I’d do anything not to have to sleep on my own. I’d get in bed and cover myself with loads of dolls and tons of teddy bears!”
Peta Wilson, TV and Movie Action Star

“I don’t think my parents liked me. They put a live teddy bear in my crib!”
 Woody Allen, Actor/Writer/Director/Comic Genius

“Just knowing that your teddy bear is home waiting at the day’s end makes each day happier.”
Ted Menten, Author/Illustrator/Teddy Bear Expert

“Age simply doesn’t enter into it! The older the friend, the more he is valued, particularly when he shows so visibly the characteristics that we all look for in friends. You have only to look at a genuine Teddy’s face to see at once the loyalty, common sense, and, above all, dependability behind it.”
Peter Bull, British Character Actor and Teddy Bear Ambassador, deserving of the first and last word

 

A teddy bear is a rare accomplishment, indeed. Without having to dance, shake, moonwalk, or entertain in any extravagant way, it is one of the sturdiest and most enduring symbols of love. Seated comfortably on a bed or standing guard at a nursery’s threshold, a teddy bear is a gentle but fierce protector of our childhoods and our dreams.

            Knowing this, and blogging about it biweekly, I decided to share some other folks’ thoughts on just what a teddy bear meant to them. The list is filled with household names that run the gamut from one of the world’s most famous, photogenic women (Jennifer Aniston) to a onetime underwear model and current show business impresario (Mark Wahlberg) to the undisputed king of rock and roll (Elvis Presley, whose death was 36 years ago this month). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89MihWd6zKk

            Cuddling with a bear at bedtime is a rite of passage, and it fuels the comedy ramblings of such disparate modern-day wits as Woody Allen (so cerebral and brainy) and Seth MacFarlane (all about bodily functions).

            Like Pam Brown, who has often been quoted in teddy bear circles, observed, “Bears need people. People need bears.” I enthusiastically second that mantra, and present a diverse assemblage of people who aren’t bashful about their “beary special” relationships.

            And it certainly wouldn’t be a complete compendium of quotes without the erudition and earnestness of Peter Bull, the gentleman who coined the phrase “a hug of bears” and opened up on talk shows around the world about being an adult collector. From Johnny Carson to David Frost, Bull made the chat-show circuit. He was a vocal and articulate advocate for holding on to one’s inner child and one’s childhood companion. Modern collectors and antique collectors, alike, owe him a debt of gratitude. Hear, hear!

             

 

“To a child, Teddy is a bridge between a human and an animal. He doesn’t mind being dressed in ridiculous hats, or even being read to. You can blame him for anything, and he won’t deny it. His marvelous face expresses anything a child wants to feel or hear.”

Peter Bull, British Thespian and Author who founded the modern teddy bear movement

 

“The idea of ‘Ted’ seems improbable at first. A boy wishes that his bear comes alive, and poof! The bear does. It’s the perfect setup for comedy. But, really, don’t most of us wish that could have happened? Maybe not to have that bear around for the next 30 years, but at least for 30 days. Okay, 30 minutes.”

Seth MacFarlane, Comic/Impressionist/”Family Guy” Creator/Ex “Oscar” Host

 

“Thunder buddies for life, right?”

Ted, the teddy bear, and Mark Wahlberg in “Ted”

 

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus a day, so I never have to live without you.”

Winnie the Pooh, Disney Film Version

 

“Now that I’m all grown up, I can buy any old teddy bear I want—except the old teddy bear I want!”

William Sternman, Writer/Observer

 

“I grew up in the spotlight. At night, my teddy bear let me be me.”

Patty Duke, Award-winning Actress and Teddy Bear Aficionado

 

“Matt LeBlanc is the biggest teddy bear on the planet! And who doesn’t love teddy bears?”

Jennifer Aniston, World’s Most Famous “Friend”

 

“How can a girl resist wearing a diamond or hugging a teddy bear?”

Rhonda Shear, Stand-up Comic/Actress/Body-Shaping Garment Businesswoman

 

“Teddies do not need to be new or handsome, they just need to be there.”

Cheryl A. Hingley, Collectibles Author and Enthusiast

 

“Baby, let me be your lovin’ teddy bear/Put a chain around my neck/And lead me anywhere/Oh, let me be/Your teddy bear”

Elvis Presley, American Icon

 

“Dolls can be works of art and sculptures in a museum. The best thing about a bear is that beneath all of its clothing and its accessories, it’s still just a teddy bear. That is comforting.”

Steve Cronk, the late editor of Teddy Bear Review

 

“Everyone will go through bad times in their lives. It is comforting to have a teddy bear by your side.”

Annette Funicello, America’ Sweetheart and Teddy Bear Entrepreneur

 

“A teddy bear is a cuddle with paws at the end.”

“A bedroom without a teddy is like a face without a smile.”

Gill Davies, Children’s Book Author and Editor

 

“My fans show me how much they love me by sending me teddy bears and stuffed tigers. I love them for it.”

Michael Jackson, Tiger Beat Magazine interview, member of the Jackson 5

 

“I was scared of the dark. Oh, I’d do anything not to have to sleep on my own. I’d get in bed and cover myself with loads of dolls and tons of teddy bears!”

Peta Wilson, TV and Movie Action Star

 

“I don’t think my parents liked me. They put a live teddy bear in my crib!”

 Woody Allen, Actor/Writer/Director/Comic Genius

 

“Just knowing that your teddy bear is home waiting at the day’s end makes each day happier.”

Ted Menten, Author/Illustrator/Teddy Bear Expert

 

“Age simply doesn’t enter into it! The older the friend, the more he is valued, particularly when he shows so visibly the characteristics that we all look for in friends. You have only to look at a genuine Teddy’s face to see at once the loyalty, common sense, and, above all, dependability behind it.”

Peter Bull, British Character Actor and Teddy Bear Ambassador, deserving of the first and last word