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Wa-wa-wa Waltzing, Waltzing With Bears.

This article first appeared in issue 22, and was written by Ed Waggener.

Not Uncle Walter, but the late Haskin Coomer, waltzing with the Great Bear Hobart. They were in what was then Roscoe Squires side yard at the corner of Hudson and Walker Streets, across from what is Haskin Coomer and Sons today. The yard is now a part of Don Franklin Ford's display.

Unfortunately, Hobart was bad about drinking, much to the chagrin of Haskin Coomer, who preached temperance to the bear until he was blue in the face and even had a few Methodist preachers on the case, it is said. Alas, Hobart wouldn't listen to reason. Many say heavy drinking is what finally did Hobart in. The photos are from an old movie reel in the disputed possession of the Honorable Joe Moore, Councilman. The pictures were taken from the filmstrip by Mr. Moore's son, Billy, of Lindsey Wilson College. The shots are presented as part of a minority Blue Ribbon Bear Board opinion that Bears are people, too.

This story was posted on 1998-11-15 12:01:01
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