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Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear

HiHo_Silver 24 Jan 06 - 06:27 PM
Uncle_DaveO 24 Jan 06 - 06:37 PM
Uncle_DaveO 24 Jan 06 - 06:39 PM
HiHo_Silver 24 Jan 06 - 06:56 PM
Jim Dixon 24 Jan 06 - 07:43 PM
open mike 24 Jan 06 - 08:29 PM
Once Famous 24 Jan 06 - 08:37 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 25 Jan 06 - 01:23 AM
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Subject: Meaning and origin of Ham's Bear
From: HiHo_Silver
Date: 24 Jan 06 - 06:27 PM

Would like to know what "Ham's Bear" refers to in the song "Gonna Hire a Wino" Have never heard of this term. We have been singing the song with the line "When Ham's Bear Says closing time" as "When the hands up there say closing time". which upon researching the lyrics is incorect. This is a totally unfamilar term on the east coast of Canada.


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Ham's Bear
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 24 Jan 06 - 06:37 PM

They are talking about "Hamm's Beer". The brewer distributes promotional items to bars, and among them are wall clocks with "Hamm's Beeer" prominently across the face.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Ham's Bear
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 24 Jan 06 - 06:39 PM

The brewer, which employs better spellers than I apparently am, calls that "Hamm's Beer", with only two E's in "beer".

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Ham's Bear
From: HiHo_Silver
Date: 24 Jan 06 - 06:56 PM

Thanks Dave. I can relate to that as we have clocks from different brewers in this area. Have never heard of Hamm's Beer but expect it is a tasty brew. Do like my beer.


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Ham's Bear
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Jan 06 - 07:43 PM

Hamm's was a brand of beer made by the Theodore Hamm Brewing Company, formerly of St. Paul, Minnesota, now defunct (I think). The bear was the cartoon mascot of the company.

See Wikipedia article


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Ham's Bear
From: open mike
Date: 24 Jan 06 - 08:29 PM

their theme song was
from the land of sky blue waters...
with a drum beat that sounded like
tribal tom toms...
and many of the signs had motorized
action parts, revolviong, or whatever
that appeared to make the water flow
and created a water fall effect...
http://hipminnesota.blogspot.com/2005/12/hamms-beer-bear.html
It's the refreshingest
they may have also said "The Pause that refreshes" (?) in adverts..
and there aften were canoes in the scene, too.


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Ham's Bear
From: Once Famous
Date: 24 Jan 06 - 08:37 PM

Hamm's Beer is known throughout the midwest, but was most famous during the 50's & 60's when it sponsored the Chicago Cubs on WGN-TV.

Their commercials featured a cartoon character known as the Hamm's Bear and his mostly mis-adventures. The song above was played throughout the commercial. The Hamm's Bear in Chicago was as well known as any other cartoon character was, and the commercials were kind of a cartoon treat in between innings of the Cubs' broadcasts. The animation was as good as any other regular cartton done by Warner Bros or Terrytoons from that time.

The Hamm's Bear lives warmly in the nostalgic heart of kids from that era in Chicago.


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Ham's Bear
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 01:23 AM

Hamms Beer
Vince Lloyd
Jack Brickhouse

They run together in my mind--and it brings back an era when Bob Rush, Hank Sauer, Don Kessenger, Ron Santo,
Harry Chiti, Frankie Baumholtz, Phil Cavaretta, Ernie Banks and so many more occupied the minds of so many kids in Chicago then. And that commercial meant you had to listen to the whole damn song before the TV would get back to baseball. I hated that dumb bear!

It was an era of low salaried ball players who, for the most part, didn't deserve more. In the grandstand, you could put your feet on the seat in front of you, and put your hot dog on the seat to your left. Your Coke would go on the seat to your right because there were no fans occupying them. The stands were never ever anywhere near even a third full. The 7th inning came around and the gates would be opened up for those who wanted to leave early could pour out of the place. (The Cubs were always losing back then!)----And us kids would file in free after school and get a gunny sack we'd fill with dead beer cups and hot-dog wrappers. We'd get a pass for the next days game for doing that.

Pure nostalgia. And it was all tied in with that song and the bear.

Nice thread...

Art


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Ham's Bear
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 02:22 AM

There's a great book called "Elephants in the Living Room, Bears in the Canoe" which was written by a couple who trained animals for commercials, but also took in "waif" critters of all kinds, including a baby elephant which they raised in their house until she became to big. They also had a big old bear which was featured in later commercials for Hamms, in a real canoe. The book chronicles their misadventures in rescuing, caring for, and training animals to do such things.

Lots of used editions out there for sale and well worth the read, imo:

Paperback 160 pages (March 22, 1979)
Publisher: Sphere
ISBN: 0722142161

kat


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Ham's Bear
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 02:23 AM

http://www.beer-steins.com/hamms.html

SEE THE BEAR HERE!


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 09:26 AM

Thanks you guys - you've just hatched an ear-worm I'd forgotten I had: Anyone remember their slogan?


Mmmmmmm... Hammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmms !!


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 10:02 AM

In response to someone's allusion above, "The Pause That Refreshes" was not Hamm's Beer, but was the copyrighted advertising phrase of some little obscure beverage called Coca-Cola.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 10:45 AM

I thought their slogan was always "From the land of sky blue waters?" Maybe that was just the "theme?"

Anyway, here's a fun article about history of beer commercials, with a bit about the bear:

Hamming It Up

Never were the advantages of animation better exploited than in the long-running commercials featuring the wacky-go-lucky Hamm's bear. Making his television debut in 1953, the Hamm's bear ultimately became one of history's most recognized advertising figures. In 1965, the Audit Research Bureau reported that the bear ranked first in "best liked" advertisements nationwide, an impressive achievement considering that Hamm's commercials aired in only 31 states.

At least two aspects of the Hamm's bear commercials were critical to their overwhelming success. First, each spot was, in itself, a miniature story, complete with plot, characters, conflict, and (if the bear was lucky) resolution. The spots had genuine entertainment value and elicited good viewer attention. Second, the animation and interspersed real-life shots dramatically showcased Minnesota's pristine wilderness--the crystal-clear lakes, the heavy foliage, the abundant wildlife--in order to drive home the Hamm's theme: "From the Land of Sky Blue Waters." Consumer perception that Hamm's Beer was pure, natural and refreshing was thus achieved through vivid imagery instead of trite, easily forgettable ad copy.

By 1969, the future of the Hamm's Bear was uncertain, as the brewery's advertising direction began to change. Nevertheless, over the next 20 years, the bear would be called upon periodically to replay his role as chief Hamm's Beer salesman. In 2000, St. Paul's Pioneer Press named the bear as a runner-up on its list of "150 Influential Minnesotans of the Past 150 Years."


Not bad for a bit of animation, eh?


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: open mike
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 02:43 PM

my illusion--allusion
not the pause that refreshes
but the refreshingest


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: PoohBear
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 03:28 PM

I grew up in a household where the beer was more likely to be Guinness or Bass but when we went on camping trips Dad would drink domestic something from a can - presumably because the containers wouldn't break if my sister and I dropped the cooler! Hamms was one of the brands on those camping trips. . . and the bear made those commercials some of my favorites!
PB


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 04:15 PM

I remember it as "From the land of sky blue waters (waters) / Comes the beer refreshing."

The tavern tie-ins and the commercials are very fondly remembered.

Now I'll have the jingle going through my head for the rest of the day! (And visions of bears, canoes and flowing water.)

Linn, the Milwaukee girl


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 05:06 PM

It was Olympia Beer that came from The land of sky blue waters, surely...

I always liked the way they stretched out the "Hamm's" to make the mmmmm in the middle -


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: artbrooks
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 06:32 PM

The bear was Hamm's "mascot" for many years, even though the brand itself changed ownership many times. It is not one of the world's great beers...it fact, IMHO, it ranks somewhere between Bud and black and white Beer, and its best use is probably slug bait.


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: Kaleea
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 06:33 PM

My little brother & I used to sneak out of bed late at night when we heard those tomtoms, then peek around the hall corner to watch the commercials. Nevertheless, I never did have the taste for beers.


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: artbrooks
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 06:39 PM

BTW, Oly's slogan was "It's the water".


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: Kaleea
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 06:58 PM

My little brother & I used to sneak out of bed late at night when we heard those tomtoms, then peek around the hall corner to watch the commercials. Nevertheless, I never did have the taste for beers.


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: Chip2447
Date: 25 Jan 06 - 10:51 PM

Hamm's was the beer dad always had around, and thus my first foray into beer.

"Hey Chip, all we have is cheap beer."

To which my reply is "I grew up on Hamm's, (with and occassional Olympia, Stag and Coors tossed in) I can drink anything."

Fortunaly, as I have grown older I have refined my palate, now its the BEAST that winds up being the beer I drink. LOL...

Although, the local Mirobrewery's oil change stout is pretty tasty. Gimme a Guinness or a Bass any day.

Chip2447 (whose life changed when he found out that "American" beers weren't the only brews out there.)


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Subject: RE: Meaning and origin of Hamm's Bear
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Apr 14 - 05:11 PM

Ham's Bear is a German Clock!!!!


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