NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 11, 1978
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(Studio) Naming of teddy bear for President Theodore Roosevelt, 75 years ago, noted. Dispute now over inventor of teddy bear reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(NYC) Theodore Bear, Esq.'s quiet celebration of his 75th birthday year at Theodore Roosevelt's house on Long Island noted. Story of Roosevelt's refusal to shoot captured bear and rise of teddy bear as result examined; photograph and cartoon shown. Claim of West Germany's Steiff Toy Company that 1st teddy bear was made by Richard Steiff, nephew of company founder, cited. [Steiff Toy Company head Hans-Otto STEIFF - says company started teddy bear in 1903 and that Richard Steiff is original inventor.] Claim of board chairperson of Ideal Toy Company, of New York, that his father, Morris Michtom, invented bear cited. [Benjamin MICHTOM - thinks German claim phony.] Ideal's bear now enshrined in Smithsonian Institution in DC.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt
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