Artist Rudolph Wendelin helped conceive and draw the U.S. Forest Service mascot and spokesman "Smokey The Bear" for 40 years. Mr. Wendelin took "Smokey" from bear cub to animated protector of U.S. Forests.
His full name was Rudolph "Rudy" Andreas Michael Wendelin, and he was born in Herndon, Kansas on February 27, 1910, but grew up in Ludell, Kansas.
Education: University of Kansas School of Architecture, and art schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. &n
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