Friday, March 8, 2013

Did Boo Boo Drink Yoohoo?

By H. Kirk Rainer

There is a purpose in continuing to pose questions around Jellystone Park’s favorite attraction. Let’s just say that I have a very valuable keepsake (sentimental value) that has somehow kept me on the crucial questions of these two, their comical capers and all else. true or not.  

Well, did Boo Boo drink Yoohoo?

Of course he did; after all, Yoohoo had already become a favorite chocolate drink (circa 1920s).  It would be very likely that these particular bad-news bears would have collected such favorites in the course of commandeering the pic-nica-baskets. 

And as legend has it, the experience was so exhilarating, that Yogi eventually had to let Yogi (Berra) in on this affection (or was confection?). 

Yoohoo hit a homerun with the baseball great, as the drink’s official Website describes:

The following years saw continued success for Yoo-hoo, especially through the efforts of Yogi Berra and his Yankee teammates who supported what was probably the most successful Yoo-hoo advertising campaign in the company's history. The slogans of "Me-hee for Yoo-hoo" and "The Drink of Champions" were certainly applicable through the representation of the product by the members of the World Champion Yankee teams of the 50s and 60s.

So Boo Boo not only drank Yoohoo, but endorsed it.

Yoohoo must have worshiped the day that these bears acquired a bottle-cap opener in their backwoods dealings; for without it, the marriage made in malt chocolate may have never happened. 

But as legends can be, the facts do get mired in myth: 

ý  Yogi Bear never actually contacted the Chicago Bears first
ý  Ranger Smith did not acquire free tickets to the World Series
ý  The color of Yoohoo and Boohoo (fur) is not related  

In this continuing line of questions, the next is:  Did the Bears drive a Bus?    

About H. Kirk Rainer
An engineer by profession, Kirk has embarked on a personal crusade aimed, at the least, to enable his own children to know that he still loves and cares for them.  To this purpose, he has gained much support and understanding from such organizations as:  American Coalition for Fathers and Children (; Alabama Family Rights Association (; Protect Fathers' Right (; National Father Initiative (; Institute for American Values (; and the Florida International University (FIU), "The State of Fatherhood" research.     
He has written three books (pertaining to marriage, family, and divorce):   
- A Once and Always Father (2009)
- A Father and Future Felon (2010)
- His Children are Far from Safety (2012)
More about his “crusade” and writing is available at the following Websites: 
- Facebook (“Kirk Rainer”)
- Youtube (“H. Kirk Rainer”)



stitchesthenovel said...

What a great post. And I remember YooHoo very well! Of course, I have a soft spot for Yogi. Thanks for sharing!

dawn said...

Very funny...started my day off with a giggle so thanks!!

J.B. DiNizo said...

Thanks! A delightful look back at history!

Wayne Zurl said...

Two of my favorites, YooHoo and Yogi. I still have his autograph, scribbled on a Ballantyne beer napkin. Thanks for the trip down mamory lane.

Gail Kittleson said...

And Wayne, my husband proposed to me at a Twins/Yankee game w/Yogi present (as manager, I'm thinking.)

Thanks for the lightheartedness this Saturday morning, Kirk.