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01 December 2003 — The Cinnamon Bear (50)

I have many memories of childhood — and by this I mean the time when I was younger than say six — but most of them are scattered and patchwork.

For example, I can remember that I listened to The Cinnamon Bear every night on KEX during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I cannot recall a single instance of ever having done so.

I have a concrete recollection of the promise of The Cinnamon Bear: I can recall being in a department store, probably a Fred Meyer (and probably the one on Hawthorne) with Mom (and possibly Dad), being mollified with the promise of the show: "If you're good, we can listen to The Cinnamon Bear when we get back to the car." I can remember trying to be good, holding Mom's hand, riding down an escalator with her. But I don't know if I actually got to listen to the episode.

I loved The Cinnamon Bear. I wanted to listen to it every year until I reached junior high. I'm not sure that I ever knew the full story; we'd miss most nights during any given December, so that I only got to know the story patchwork..

I remember that the show frightened me: the Root Beer Ocean and the Inkaboos, the Wintergreen Witch, the Looking Glass Valley, the Crazy Quilt Dragon. These things frightened me, but in a good way. It was a delicious fear. I wouldn't be surprised if it was my love of The Cinnamon Bear that imparted within me a lifelong love of fantasy and science fiction, of speculative fiction in general.

I sometimes give Jeremy and Jennifer a hard time because they don't like for Harrison to be scared (won't let him watch The Wizard of Oz, for example). Maybe this is the reason: I can remember being scared by The Cinnamon Bear as a child (and by The Wizard of Oz), but I know that living through this fear, facing it and overcoming it, made my world a better place.

Did you listen to old-time radio as a child? Did you listen to The Cinnamon Bear? It's a great story for kids. On the web, you can find not only an episode guide, but also mp3s of individual episodes. Enjoy!

Old Comments (pre-crash)
On 01 December 2003 (09:24 AM), Tammy said:

Nope. Didn't listen to the Cinnamon Bear. Didn't listen to anything! We didn't own a radio or a Tv when I was growing up. I bought my first Tv when I was 27 years old. I still don't listen to the radio. I just never got in the habit. But I can tell you all about Christmas at Almanzos house in the Little House series. I tried to carry my love of Farmer Boy over to my oldest daughter. Every Christmas while I baked she would perch in the kitchen and read the Christmas chapter to me out of that book. I just loved the hustle and bustle of their Christmas and the odd chores that needed done, like cleaning the chimney lamps and polishing the stove, and setting the fruit cakes to saok in wine for three weeks. Never had a radio. Never had a Tv. But I had books! I was blessed indeed!


On 01 December 2003 (10:19 AM), Dana said:

I've never heard of the Cinnamon Bear before.

The closest my family came to a seasonal ritual of this sort was watching the old stop-motion and Charlie Brown holiday specials on TV. You know, the Rudolph one, the Baby New Year one, the one with the Heat Miser, and the Easter Bunny one, and the Jack Frost one.

Oh, and listening to Alice's Restaurant around Thanksgiving.


On 01 December 2003 (10:47 AM), J.D. said:

KEX was, at one time, the most popular station in Portland. Looking back, it seems they tried to be all things to all people. They had a Big Band program on Sunday afternoons. (That's where I get my love of Big Band music.) They played The Cinnamon Bear between Thanksgiving and Christmas. They played other old-time radio shows, spooky shows, around Halloween. I think there was even a period — a few weeks? a few months? — during which they had a regular night-time block of old-time radio shows.

When KECH 22 started broadcasting out of Salem/Keizer (a UHF station, what a novelty!) in the early eighties, they had an afternoon block of shows they called "The Oregon Jones Adventure Hour" or some such. The programming was hosted by a fat man in a black leather jacket and a hat. (I could play the part now!) On the program, they showed adventure serials from the 1930s and 1940s: Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Commander Cody, and various detective and cowboy shows.

So, although I grew up in the seventies and eighties, I had some small exposure to what it must have been like growing up in the thirties and forties.

I'm downloading The Cinnamon Bear and will burn the episodes onto CD. I'm going to give copies to my young friends, Ian first and then maybe Harrison. Also, I see that many of the old-time serials are being released on DVD for CHEAP (~$5.00). Very tempting. Very tempting.


On 01 December 2003 (11:39 AM), Dana said:

See, this I get. We had a Fargo-based UHF station when I lived in Moorhead that showed the old George Reeve The Adventures of Superman show which, along with the ubiquitous Superfriends, cemented my love of superheroes. "Golly, Mr. Kent!"

Oh, and before that, living in the UP of Michigan, we got WGN out of Chicago for awhile, and they had an early morning/before school cartoon show that would also show the old Buster Crabbe Flash Gordon serials, one episode a day. The one I remember involved some sort of mole people. I suspect it was "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars", where Queen Azura and the Clay People of Mars teamed up with Ming the Merciless to steal all the nitrogen in Earth's atmosphere.

Great fun. I had a beef with the 1980 movie because they undercut the intelligence of both Hans Zarkoff and Flash. Max von Sydow as Ming, however, is just about the greatest casting ever.


On 01 December 2003 (12:06 PM), Dave said:

The Cinnamon Bear rocked! I remember quite clearly listening to episodes of the Cinnamon Bear, huddled next to our huge console TV/stero/recordplayer in our living room. I wonder if brother Paul remembers it. I'll have to download and burn those mp3's as well.


On 01 December 2003 (01:15 PM), Denise said:

Ok - I must have missed out, because I don't remember listening to the Cinnamon Bear, or watching anything about the Cinnamon Bear....I just remember seeing the Cinnamon Bear at Nordstrom, and getting a gingerbread cookie from him every year.

Maybe I'm mixing up my holiday bears, though....


On 01 December 2003 (01:18 PM), Denise said:

And, Dana, I know the whole Heat Miser/Cold Miser song by heart! That's a classic!


On 01 December 2003 (02:49 PM), Dave said:

To the best of my knowledge the Nordstrom Cinnamon Bear, Denise, is the very same bear as the radio show bear in question. As we got older, however, the radio show was discontinued (at least we could never find it on the radio) but the Cinnamon Bear continued to appear at Nordstrom. I seem to recall that this happend about 4-6 grade or so (JD, any help here?), perhaps a year or two later, but not much later certainly.


On 01 December 2003 (07:42 PM), Paul said:

J.D.,

YES. I remember the Cinnamon Bear! I had completely forgotten about it. It was one of those special treats when we went to Portland. I'm from central Oregon (Madras) and KEX didn't come in across the mountains but we knew about it from TV plugs and those certain times around Christmas when we were fortunate enough to be in the car when it was on. I think I even met the Cinnamon Bear once. Lloyd Center???

Thanks for the memory.

Paul


On 02 December 2003 (12:28 PM), Michael said:

Ah yes, the Cinnamon Bear... "His" home was first Lipman's and then Fredrick & Nelson department stores. In the beginning they had "him" roam the store and eventually set it up so you visited the Cinnamon Bear as you sat on his lap and they took a picture. The bear gave out Full-Size cookies from "his" basket.

When I was 13 years old I applied to be inside the Cinnamon Bear costume and got the interview. It was my first interview ever and I could tell I was over my head. I had to go up to the seventh floor into the executive offices of the downtown Fredrick & Nelson and was asked all sorts of situational "what if..." questions. The hiring manager thought I was cute in my slacks and blazer but did not take me seriously and I did not get the job.


On 02 December 2003 (12:40 PM), J.D. said:

Michael's story above, about autioning to be The Cinnamon Bear, is particularly good for those of us who know him: Michael has a thing for mascots. He's been the mascot for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, for example, and he may have even been the Oregon Duck at one time or another. Actually, the next time I see him, I'll ask him about his mascot history. I think it's fun. (Of course, if Michael reads this comment, he can post his mascot history himself if he'd like.)


On 02 December 2003 (12:55 PM), Michael said:

My mascot history has included...

ODOT Safety Dummy (Presentations to school-aged children)

Oregon Duck (mostly volleyball, basketball, public appearances and a wrestling match(?)

Chip the chipmonk (as in Chip & Dale- for the Boise River Fesitval Parade- not Disneyland. Same costume used for the Macy's Thankgiving Day parade)

Easter Bunny (Church related event)

Gumby (Authentic costume from the Gumby corporate office for a marketing presentation at NIKE)

Crater (S-K Volcanoes)for baseball games and PR appearances- was the Grand Marshall of the Sheridan Days Parade... Yee Ha!

Not sure what the next "gig" will be...


On 02 December 2003 (05:16 PM), Andrew Parker said:

Mom listened to the Bear as a kid in Tigard and turned me and my sister onto the serial. I remember listening in the car on the way home from swim team, upstairs on my sister's portable radio, and on rare occasions in the parlor on dad's "hands-off" stereo.

I still have an old Polaroid somewhere of my sister and me as little kids standing with the dude in the bear suit. I remember looking through the eye holes at the structure inside... ~25 years ago? Pretty sure it was at Lloyd Center.


On 04 December 2003 (08:48 AM), Aimee said:

JD ... This is a slight tangent from the Cinnamon Bear thing, but yesterday I was driving along Hawthorne Boulevard and noticed that At The Hop was sporting a new coat of orange paint. Odd? Not if you're Big Daddy's Barbeque!!! Yes, a Portland mainstay from your youth has been converted into a jumpin' new joint called Big Daddy's ... Just thought you'd like to know. I imagine that you'll be dining there real soon ...


On 04 December 2003 (09:57 AM), J.D. said:

I don't actually know how long At the Hop was at that location. I only ate there once. It must have been in 92 or 93, when I was making sales calls for Custom Box. It was during my Ayn Rand phase. I can remember sitting at one of the tables, eating my burger and fries, sipping my chocolate malt, reading Atlas Shrugged. How wonderful was this John Galt! Damn that Clinton! Curse the collectivists of the world!


On 08 December 2003 (05:50 PM), Paddy O' Cinnamon said:

The Cinnamon Bear is on KEX? KXL? starting December 19, I believe, and yes, he was at Lipman's! I've been looking for a Paddy O' Cinnamon stuffed bear or puppet for years!


On 23 December 2003 (08:31 AM), Erwin said:

Not sure if anyone is watching this thread anymore, but I was on a quest to see if anyone else remembers the Cinnamon Bear. My father worked for the radio station in the early 80's so I've had my own taped broadcast for most of my life. At 28 I still listen to the show and every time it takes me back to when I was a child.
Can anyone out there refresh my memory of the train on the celing over the Christmas scene at a store downtown? I remember riding in something but it's all a little fuzzy. Thanks


On 25 December 2003 (11:23 PM), John Russell said:

I know a friend who grew up listening to this popular bear. He tells me that he once had a book that looked like a coloring book about the bear.
Is this book still available?..
I do a big band radio show, and know some listeners who would also like this information...Thanks..john


On 26 December 2003 (03:09 AM), Lissa said:

In a box in my basement, wrapped in plastic, is a plush version of the cinnamon bear. In my scrap book there are no pictures of me on Santa's lap, but always on Cinnamon Bear's lap. There's a picture of me hugging my new plush cinnamon bear. I look like I'm about 5 or so. I'm 32 now. Wow, what memories. :)


On 26 December 2003 (11:53 AM), Lori said:

I am looking for a Paddy O stuffed bear for a dear friend. She can remember winning one at Wieboldts in Oak Park,IL which has since been lost and would like to replace it. I am ordering the audio tapes of the radio program but have never seen the stuffed version so don't know exactly what I am looking for. Any Help?


On 26 December 2003 (10:34 PM), Tammy said:

Ok Erwin. I think I may know what you are refering to as I take my children to ride this train every year just as my parents took me when I was little. The train is on the 10th floor of the downtown Meier& Frank building. It goes around the ceiling and the kids get to look down on Santa land as they ride. My kids look forward to this every year. It's down there again this year. Go check it out. It's beautiful!


On 27 December 2003 (07:16 PM), Alan said:

I am also looking for a stuffed Paddy O'Cinnamon bear. I'm not sure were to begin looking. Any help?


On 16 February 2004 (07:45 PM), Jenni said:

My Father bought my son the 50th anniversary edition of The Cinnamon Bear. It is the best story I have ever heard and put my son to sleep for years. If any of you have found a Paddy O' please let me know where.


On 19 November 2004 (11:18 AM), William Frank said:

Wife and I are looking for original or repros of the Cinnamon bear coloring books, may have been distributed by Wieboldts stores in the Chicago area. We used to listen(as kids) to the Cinnamon Bear on the radio and also watch some versions of it on local tv (probably WGN-TV) I have the tapes of the shows and they certainly bring back a lot of memories. You may remember when Christmas started AFTER Thanksgiving, not before Halloween.


On 25 December 2004 (12:39 PM), Tini said:

My roommate got me hooked on Cinnamon Bear. His grandmother stood in line to buy the episodes on tape. She also got him a Paddy O'Cinnamon bear ornament. I never heard of The Cinnamon bear until he brought it up last month. Now I'm saving my money to buy the cd radio show version. One thing that baffles me is that people know the actors and actresses names of the characters...all but Jimmy. Does anyone know his real name????


On 25 December 2004 (12:39 PM), Tini said:

My roommate got me hooked on Cinnamon Bear. His grandmother stood in line to buy the episodes on tape. She also got him a Paddy O'Cinnamon bear ornament. I never heard of The Cinnamon bear until he brought it up last month. Now I'm saving my money to buy the cd radio show version. One thing that baffles me is that people know the actors and actresses names of the characters...all but Jimmy. Does anyone know his real name????


On 28 December 2004 (07:11 PM), charles strawn said:

yes I remember at 3:00 pm right after school I sat on the livingroom floor to lisen to the CINNAMON BEAR. I finished coloring the book and submited it to the WIEBOLDTS store on milwaukee ave.I was 6or7 years old.After what seemed like a endless peroid of time,they said I won 2nd prize.What a wonderful feeling that was. When the elevertor doors opened onto the toy floor a man greeted us with a big red sled.


On 03 January 2005 (04:36 PM), Bob L. said:

I can remember getting home from school (1st grade) and listening to the Cinnamon Bear on our big, old, radio in 1952. I think it was KBRC in Mt.Vernon, WA. that played it. Boy, you hated to miss even one episode. I haven't heard it in many years but I still can hear the theme music in my head. What a great memory!


On 03 July 2005 (06:57 PM), Chris Reid said:

I recall the Cinnamon Bear as one of the earliest childhood programmes I heard here in New Zealand - pre-Tv - not in 1938, that was before I was born, but about 1945-6. However I don't think the voices were not American. At that time many US scripts were sold to Australian production companies who rebroadcast them for Australian and New Zealand audiences. I can't remember much about the programme except the theme song.


On 03 July 2005 (06:58 PM), Chris Reid said:

I recall the Cinnamon Bear as one of the earliest childhood programmes I heard here in New Zealand - pre-Tv - not in 1938, that was before I was born, but about 1945-6. However I don't think the voices were not American. At that time many US scripts were sold to Australian production companies who rebroadcast them for Australian and New Zealand audiences. I can't remember much about the programme except the theme song.


On 26 July 2005 (12:05 PM), Michael Miller said:

For anyone interested, you can download 26 episodes for free at radiolovers.com!

Some of my earliest memories - also in Portland - were being at my Grandparent's home and getting to turn on the old Philco floor model radio/turntable,push the KEX button, and listen to the Cinnamon Bear. I've told my wife about this for years, and last night she was allowed the pleasure of listening to the very first episode. Serious smiles on my face, what a fun trip back in time!


On 12 August 2005 (03:55 PM), Ron said:

The Cinnamon Bear was a regular "listen to" at our house in the '40s. Came thru on WGN in Chicago. Wieboldts on Milwaukee ave was a magical place at Christmas-time! Charles [up above] knows. But then again, Christmas is still magical even now in my later years.


On 12 August 2005 (03:56 PM), Ron said:

The Cinnamon Bear was a regular "listen to" at our house in the '40s. Came thru on WGN in Chicago. Wieboldts on Milwaukee ave was a magical place at Christmas-time! Charles [up above] knows. But then again, Christmas is still magical even now in my later years. Can't forget ice skating at Wicker Park too.


On 19 August 2005 (01:50 AM), ed said:

Growing up as pre-teens in the early '50s my
sister and I "watched" the Cinnamon Bear every
year (1951 thru 1956) on WGN. I think it was
stop-action but it might have been animation. I
can't exactly recall.

I never heard the radio (aural) version until
2001. But no one else except my family remembers
anything about The Cinnamon Bear being on TV.

Wiebolts department store used to sell Cinnamon
Bear stuff: the bear and a Star for Christmas
trees.

What I would like to know is what happened to those
old kinescopes or whatever (8mm film, etc.) on which
the TV Cinnamon Bear was put.

My suspicion is that the Wiebolts family is keeping
them for personal use now that their store has gone
South. But that may be just sour grapes. Possibly
the TV version was never saved in any format.

I would like to know if anyone else besides my
sister and I have any memories of watching The
Cinnamon Bear each Christmas season on TV.

Thanks for the Memories
Ed


On 19 September 2005 (10:39 AM), James said:

Would do anything to get my hands on the old TV show of the cinnamon bear shown on WGN chicago.


On 19 September 2005 (10:39 AM), James said:

Would do anything to get my hands on the old TV show of the cinnamon bear shown on WGN chicago.


On 03 October 2005 (01:00 PM), Donna said:

I was so excited to find this site,I to was a great fan of Paddy O CINNAMON. My sister and me would listen to all the stories on the radio.I entered a contest at the Weiboldts. store in Oak Park Ill,it was a coloring contest. I won the contest and my prize was Paddy O Cinnamon,I loved my bear . I am looking for the paddy o cinnamon stuffed bear please help me find one. Friend of P.O.C.


On 04 October 2005 (08:12 PM), Emilie Felmon said:

Is there anyway I can purchase the TV version on WGN the "Cinnamon Bear" I would love to see it with my grandchildren.

Thank you,

Emilie


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Comments
On 19 October 2005 (09:25 PM), Linda said:

Hi, in response to those of you looking for a Paddy O'cinnamon bear--I have one, and will be listing him on ebay--So cute.


On 19 October 2005 (11:50 PM), john said:

Looks like they've discovered Paddy over in the UK:

http://www.cinnamonbear.co.uk/download.htm

John


On 20 October 2005 (10:27 AM), Rick Lewis said:

Hi. I don't mean to seem mercenary in relating this information, so excuse me if it appears so.

I'm the Marketing Director at the Portland Spirit; we're bringing back Cinnamon Bear for the holidays on a new Cinnamon Bear Brunch, which starts on December 3rd -- check out our website at www.cinnamonbearcruise.com. We've updated his look (we lost the big lips, etc.) and created a fun nostalgic cruise (complete with Cinnamon Bear cookie).

FYI, K103FM is going to run the entire series (sponsored by the Spirit) from November 26 through December 24 -- 7pm to 7:15pm! AND, we'll have CD versions of the radio broadcast for sale on our cruises, in case you can't find one...

Happy holidays! Thanks for letting me spread the news!
Rick


On 24 October 2005 (07:09 PM), Michael Snider said:

My name is Michael Snider. For over 25 years I wrote, directed and choreographed Cinnamon Bear Shows for Lipman's Department Stores and/or Frederick and Nelson. There are any number of the performers around Portland who were involved with the shows for many years. Kurt Misar, in Portland still, was the composer of many of those. Ancillary productions were "born" in Los Angeles for Robinson's Department Store, in Wisconsin for University of Wisconsin and in New York, touring the eastern seaboard. Because of marketing restrictions by F&N's GM in Seattle, all of these other productions were Peppermint Bear. For many years, the shows were developed in Portland as one hour musicals for kids and then cycled through the other markets with the different bear. The Cinnamon Bear, however was the original. These were not the radio script but musicals using Cinnamon Bear, Santa and a few odd and sundry elves, Mert, Gert and Mort and a different villain every year somehow threatening Christmas. We had a ball and sold out year after year. For some of those years, we did downtown Portland and the F&N in Beaverton as well. How wonderful to read again about a character I love. I would love to chat with Rick about the new productions!!!!!


On 01 November 2005 (10:19 AM), Teri Arthur said:

I am a huge fan of the Cinnamon Bear. I recall very fond memories of my Grandma taking us to Lipman Wolfs department store at Christmas time to sit on the bears lap and receive a cinnamon bear cookie. I still have the original stuffed bear that my Grandma gave me for christmas, and I have found a few cinnamon bear books on e-bay. I have purchased the CD's and listen to them every year during the holiday season to relive these much cherished memories. I have reserved 4 spots on the Cinnamon bear cruise so that my sister and I can share our memories with our nieces. Can't wait!!!


On 13 November 2005 (01:20 PM), Bonnie said:

I, too, am wondering about the show that aired in Chicago. Does anyone have any info on obtaining copies?


On 15 November 2005 (02:19 PM), Lynne said:

HALLELUJAH! The Cinnamon Bear is back !!! As much as we Portlanders love our very own special bear, it has amazed me that no one really pushed his popularity after Lipman/Fredrick&Nelson left town. QUESTION ... I can't remember which paper (Oregonian/Oregon Journal) or what year/s they had the Cinnamon Bear story as a cartoon strip during the holiday season in addition to the radio broadcast. I went to the Multnomah county library a while back and started to go through the papers between 1950-56, but ran out of time, and have not had the chance to go back and continue my search. I was 3 in 1950 and moved from Portland in 1956, so it had to be during that time span. Anyone out there remember?


On 05 December 2005 (02:22 PM), judy wood said:

I remember coming home from school to watch the TV version of Cinnamon Bear everyday. I would love to have copies of the TV show that aired in Chicago. I have the radio version on CD. My husband grew up in Portland and he too remembers the TV version.


On 10 December 2005 (12:13 PM), Ronda Eikenberry said:

I grew up listening to the Cinnamon Bear. I have our 8 yr old (2005) hooked on the Cinnamon Bear since last year. I remember my 1st grade teacher at Creston Elementary (Miss Lee) that would play it on the radio for us IF we were REALLY good! I remember take ing a pic with the Cinnamon Bear when Eastport Plaza had Mervyn's or was it Meier and Frank, anyways. I think it's time to re-introduce the Cinnamon Bear to the kids today. There have been rumors that they are coming back with him. but I havn't seen him yet!


On 12 December 2005 (12:02 PM), Rick said:

Does anyone know the recipe or who might still make the original cinnamon bear cookies? I would love to give them out as holiday gifts this year.


On 19 December 2005 (02:42 PM), CARLA said:

I HAVE 2 OLD CINNAMON BEAR STORE DISPLAYS THAT I AM TRYING TO RESTORE I WAS TOLD THEY WERE FROM FREDRICK AND NELSONS. DOES ANY ONE HAVE ANY PICTURES THAT I COULD LOOK AT? ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU!



On 23 December 2005 (07:41 PM), Len Olson said:

I am interested in finding a way to download or buy the RADIO version of The Cinnamon Bear. I was in elementary school in the late 40's/early 50's living in S.E. Wisconsin. Listened to the show on WGN out of Chicago. How do I find it for our grandsons. It is so superior to the TV version it is no contest.


On 01 January 2006 (04:19 PM), Tony said:

I noticed that the last poster wanted to download the complete Cinnamon Bear series. I have the only "Specialist" site on the internet, completely devoted to The Cinnamon Bear. The site is loaded with goodies to download for "FREE". Why not give it a try?
www.cinnamonbear.co.uk

If you enjoy your visit, why not check out our sister site www.landofnurseryrhymes.co.uk Once again, "Great" for Kids!

Contact me from either site if you wish.

Kind Regards

Tony


On 04 January 2006 (09:40 PM), Judy K said:

I was happy to read that there are others who remember watching the Cinnamon Bear on television in the fifties on WGN-Chicago. Seems no one I know has any memory of it. I would love to see those programs again! Here is the only information I could find about it on the Internet: "The Cinnamon Bear on Television---By the early 1950s, television had made considerable inroads into the broadcast markets formerly dominated by radio and retail advertisers began devoting more and more of their promotional dollars towards it. Recognizing the long-demonstrated ability of "The Cinnamon Bear" to attract children and their gift-buying parents to local department stores, a Chicago-based television station decided to produce a puppet version of the series. Apparently using the original radio recordings as a soundtrack, this visual representation of the series was sponsored by Wieboldt's Department Stores.

Very little is known about this production of the series - the programs were not known to have been recorded and no kinescopes seem to have survived - but evidence of it exists in a series of four 7" 78 RPM records containing the songs from the show, sold by Wieboldt's as a promotional item. These recordings offer an interesting audio footnote to the series, as the songs on these disks were not simply extracted from the radio series but, instead, transferred from the original 1937 music and vocal recordings made prior to the recording of the dialogue for individual episodes. Thus, we get the chance to hear the songs without any lead-in or mid-song dialogue - providing us for the first time with an "Original Cast Album" for "The Cinnamon Bear." The songs - nine in all - are included here in restored digital transfers from an original set of 78s, released by Gilwin Productions."

http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?p=Cinnamon+Bear+%2B+WGN&toggle=1&ei=UTF-8&u=radioarchives.org/sets/PC31.htm&w=cinnamon+bear+wgn&d=R4_vXg0DMEBK&icp=1&.intl=us


On 16 January 2006 (02:37 AM), Ed Schoen said:

The TV program in the 50s was "claymation" and included
new episodes including much more interaction with
the Wintergreen Witch. Also the Gloworm Cowboys
and the Alarm-clock eating Ostrich were replaced
on TV by more Wintergreen Witch interaction. The
TV version fixed the problems with the radio
version but seems to be lost unless someone
can contact the Wiebolts' heirs.


On 20 June 2006 (11:30 PM), Stephanie said:

Finally! I am from Wisconsin, and listened to the Cinnamon Bear every year on the radio growing up in the 80's and nineties. WRCO in richland center plays it every year, I believe to this day. I recently moved out east, and know one knew what I was talking about. I loved the cinnamon bear, so did my brothers. It was a treat, to get to listen every year. It is such a fond memory of my childhood, and my missed Christmas' at home. I can't wait to download, and send my mom a copy.


On 14 September 2006 (08:46 PM), Anny said:

I'm only 14 and I have grown up with the Cinnamon Bear. I'm in High school and I still listen to it. =)


I share it with my friends, who also love little Paddy. =)

I listen to it every christmas (and sometimes just for fun) at www.radiolovers.com

Thought I would put that in. It's a site with lots of free radio shows. CB can be found under MIsc. I plan to share it with my kids, and see to it that the cinnamon bear NEVER dies. He will always hold a place in my memories. :)


On 14 October 2006 (09:58 AM), Ginger Gargoyle said:

When my kids were younger we would have their radio tuned to KLBB 1400 AM here in the TwinCities and every night they would play "Radio Spirits" this was how we first heard the Cinnamon Bear! What a delight...I was so sad when the station was sold and they no longer carried the OTR programs.
BUT I did find a group online called "RadioLovers.com" that has all the episodes of Cinnamon Bear available for download for FREE!!! Along with several other programs!! Here is their URL (as well as above, although its NOT mine) http://www.radiolovers.com/pages/allshows.html
HAVE FUN!!! And Good Listening!!


On 22 October 2006 (08:18 PM), Fred of Chicago said:

I'm 60 years old and have tried locating any tapes that may be available from Chicago's WGN TV Cinnamon Bear episodes from the 1950's. Gosh, I remember them well and would give anything to obtain the episodes to play for my children and grandchildren who have missed out on one of the greatest children shows ever. If anyone knows how to get these tapes or to get WGN to run this series for our kids today, please let me know how.


On 19 November 2006 (01:21 PM), Julie said:

Hello!!!! I love the Cinnamon Bear!! I am so happy the bear is back with the Portland Spirit although I am a little sad with his new look. Some things I believe should just stay the same. Nostalga is so nice. My sister and I have such fond memories sitting on Cinnamon Bear's lap and getting photos. We also loved the Cinnamon Bear Breakfast. I am not sure where it was held, but possibly Fredrick and Nelson's. I loved the sky train ride there and wish it would come back. That was the best. My dad has the tapes and he intoduced them to us at a young age. I wish more people knew about the Cinnamon Bear. Most people I talk to even Oregon natives don't have a clue of what I am talking about.


On 19 November 2006 (06:14 PM), Rick Lewis said:

Hi. I just wanted everyone to know that the Cinnamon Bear is back! He's on a special holiday cruise in Portland Oregon, with the Cinnamon Bear Cruise (from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas Eve). Queen Melissa, Captain Taffy and the Candy Buccaneers, Presto the Magician, and loads of other characters entertain the kids. This year, we're introducing Crazy Quilt Dragon. If you'd like more information, you can go to www.cinnamonbearcruise.com, or notify me for more information. Happy holidays!


On 20 November 2006 (10:06 PM), cherie levan said:

Simply put, I love the Cinnamon Bear. I have very fond memories of trips to Lipman to sit on his lap. I remember thinking the cookies were extra tasty.

My mother, who is 70, listened every year to the radio broadcasts when she was a child. She insists that there is a station in PDX that is broadcasting again this year. Does anyone know if that is true?
Thanks!


On 28 November 2006 (07:53 AM), Donna said:

FINALLY, I've finally found someone who remembers the Connamon Bear on TV! I watched it faithfully, must have been in 1956 or '57. I'd LOVE to be able to see it again. I grew up north of Detroit (70 miles). Maybe it was on CBS out of Detroit?


On 01 December 2006 (01:31 AM), Missy said:

Now I don't mean to be the only negative entry here, but why on earth did the Cinnamon Bear get a "new look" which basically removed the most memorable quality . . . his huge lips!!! I was so disappointed to hear that - the mascot was what I fell in love with as a child growing up in Portland, with the great big round eyes and nice fat mouth. Now he will look like any other giant bear mascot to me! I was going to go on the cruise but now I won't because it won't be the Cinnamon Bear I remembered.


On 01 December 2006 (01:38 PM), Teri said:

I agree with Missy. I liked the look of the old bear better with the big lips. My grandmother bought me a stuffed cinnamon bear many years ago for Christmas from Liptman & Wolf. He's got the big lips, and I just love him.
I took my neice's on the cruise last year, and it was quite enjoyable!


On 06 December 2006 (06:25 PM), Kristen said:

I LOVE the CINNAMON BEAR! My mom used to tell my sisters and I stories about how she would listen to it on the radio. On year we found it at our local library and it became our family tradition to listen to it every Christmas. For me it wouldn't be the Christmas season without listening to it. When I was just out of college I found the CD's of the radio show online and purchased a set for myself.
I am a fourth grade teacher and every year after Thanksgiving my students and I listen to the Cinnamon Bear, a little each day, until Winter Break. I think I am more excited than the students are each day to listen to it. They love it, they beg every day, "One more episode, please!" I have been listening to it for over 20 years, and I don't think I will ever tire of it. I am only 28, but I can't wait till I have kids of my own to share this with. I have been searching for anything else that is Cinnamon Bear related, especially an ornament, anyone know where I could find one?


On 16 December 2006 (08:58 PM), Carol said:

The Cinnamon Bear has been a beloved tradition in my houehold since the seventies when I was introduced to him through tapes from our local library. Now I have my own cassettes. Like Kristen, I teach fourth grade, and every year I take my class on the magical trip through "Maybe Land." I have found little 4" bears at the crafts store that make good Paddy O'Cinnamons when a green ribbon is added along with a gold thread loop for a hanger. I usually give one to each student to put on their Christmas trees. We all love the charming little Paddy!


On 11 January 2007 (11:03 AM), vern said:

To Ed: The Cinammon Bear was shown on Chicago Television in the early 1950's, and I believe it was sponsored by Wiebolt Dept. Store. Does anyone have any further information? Perhaps the Television and Broadcasting Museum in Chicago could shed some light?


On 16 February 2007 (08:39 PM), Kenneth Berger said:

Yes I remember the story of the Ciinammon Bear and that brings to mind the story of The littlest Angel and what he had to give. It was broadcast around christmas eve.


On 25 March 2007 (04:29 AM), Doug Sellers said:

I was the last performing show bear for Michael Snider's productions. After several years of absence the bear shows will be back. They will be the same as you all remember only as Peppermint Bear. These family fun shows will be performed in Hillsboro Dec.2007. Look for more to come.


On 25 March 2007 (04:31 AM), Doug Sellers said:

I was the last performing show bear for Michael Snider's productions. After several years of absence the bear shows will be back. They will be the same as you all remember only as Peppermint Bear. These family fun shows will be performed in Hillsboro Dec.2007. Look for more to come.


On 25 March 2007 (04:31 AM), Doug Sellers said:

I was the last performing show bear for Michael Snider's productions. After several years of absence the bear shows will be back. They will be the same as you all remember only as Peppermint Bear. These family fun shows will be performed in Hillsboro Dec.2007. Look for more to come.


On 06 October 2007 (06:43 PM), Flo O'Neill said:

I am 60 and my sister is 64.We both remember watching the Cinnamon Bear series in Chicago in the '50's.Does anyone know if the series were ever kept?I would love to have a DVD series of that program.We often talk about it near Christmas time.I would love to to be able to give her that wonderful program for her birthday.So far I have only seen CD's of The Cinnamon Bear..Does anyone know who to contact to see if the series can be put on DVD?


On 14 November 2007 (07:00 PM), Julie S. said:

The Cinnamon Bear Rocks. I am 38 years old and still remember watching the show on tv and listening to all the wonderful stories. My Mother used to work for Lipmans Dept. Store in Downtown Portland, OR. Every Christmas season would bring the Cinnamon Bear and magical visits. Just like visiting Santa, but instead of a candycane, you would get those great cookies. One year my Mother arranged a special "party" with Bear and my friends and it was great!!! Many years later I went to Nordstrom downtown and they were selling the cookies during the holiday season. I don't know if they still do.
As a comment to a posted message above. The train on the top floor was in Meier and Franks in Downtown Portland. It was only for the holiday season and gave a tour around the toy department via a train (monorail style) attached the ceiling. The first part of the trip was a Christmas scene of animatronic Santa, Reindeer, and such. Just like the classic Rudolph and Santa claymation movies. I loved that. Also, at the Lloyd Center in Portland, they used to have a special Christmas scene that you would pay to walk through under the parking lot/ice rink, before the mall was enclosed. It was filled with many different scenes from the classic cartoons, to the traditional manger scenes. I looked forward to this every year.
Have a great holiday everyone.


On 21 November 2007 (01:05 PM), Elizabeth Squires said:

My co-worker and I were just talking about the Cinnamon Bear and holidays at Lloyd Center. I would love to get the recipe for the cookies. Anyone have any ideas where I could get one?


On 21 November 2007 (01:06 PM), Elizabeth Squires said:

My co-worker and I were just talking about the Cinnamon Bear and holidays at Lloyd Center. I would love to get the recipe for the cookies. Anyone have any ideas where I could get one?


On 21 November 2007 (01:07 PM), Elizabeth Squires said:

My co-worker and I were just talking about the Cinnamon Bear and holidays at Lloyd Center. I would love to get the recipe for the cookies. Anyone have any ideas where I could get one?


On 21 November 2007 (02:51 PM), Bill Hayes said:

The Cinnamon Bear started in 1937. I was born in 1934. I started listening to it around 1940 in Chicago. It was sponsored by Wiebolt's department store and their commercials were centered around toys. The show came on at 5:30 P.M. and I would listen before super. For those of you who have never experienced the magic, go to http://www.radiolovers.com/pages/cinnamonbear.htm. You can listen to all 26 episodes. The quality is poor and it will help if you try to imagine that you are six or seven years old.


On 26 November 2007 (07:27 PM), Julie said:

I, like so many others from Portland and SW Washington, grew up with the Cinnamon Bear. My mother and aunt listened when they were children. I received a large stuffed Lipman's Cinnamon Bear for Christmas when I was about seven years old (1972), and yes, he has the big "banana" lips. I had many stuffed animals growing up, but he was always my best buddy. A missing shoe button eye and scruffy fur are proof of that!

This year, my fourth graders will be listening to the tapes. Tonight, I decided to pull Paddy out and clean him up for a visit to school. He took a bit of a beating while getting washed and a couple of stitches came out, but I'll get him put right and hopefully, one or two students will come to love him as much as I always did.


On 30 November 2007 (08:36 PM), Lyonie Granquist said:

I remember the Cinnamon Bear! We listened to the stories before church on Sunday mornings. I have more memories of seeing him, than I do of seeing Santa. This year I'm taking my 4 yr. old nephew on the Cinnamon Bear Cruise on the Portland Spirit. Does anyone know where I can find the stories on cd??


On 30 November 2007 (08:36 PM), Lyonie Granquist said:

I remember the Cinnamon Bear! We listened to the stories before church on Sunday mornings. I have more memories of seeing him, than I do of seeing Santa. This year I'm taking my 4 yr. old nephew on the Cinnamon Bear Cruise on the Portland Spirit. Does anyone know where I can find the stories on cd??


On 30 November 2007 (08:37 PM), Lyonie Granquist said:

I remember the Cinnamon Bear! We listened to the stories before church on Sunday mornings. I have more memories of seeing him, than I do of seeing Santa. This year I'm taking my 4 yr. old nephew on the Cinnamon Bear Cruise on the Portland Spirit. Does anyone know where I can find the stories on cd??


On 12 December 2007 (02:39 PM), Jill said:

Cinnamon Bear wasn't a Nordstrom fixture. He was across the "street" at the Lloyd Center Mall in the Lippman's store!

Have been talking about Cinnamon Bear to a friend from Ohio and they think I've lost my mind. HA!

Thanks for the comments...I've been able to copy and paste them in email to prove the CB exists!

And by the way...they are running Cinnamon Bear Cruises on the Portland Spirit during December!


On 18 December 2007 (03:23 PM), Rick Lewis said:

CINNAMON BEAR in the Adventure of the Silver Star -- the first storybook in 70 years, based on the radio program, was just released in October of this year! Pardon the blatant promotion -- but I know followers of this blog love the Cinnamon Bear, as I do. We've had so many requests for a storybook based on the radio show -- we just had to do it. I think it's beautiful. It's reduced, of course! To illustrate and retell the entire 26 chapters would take hundres of pages! But, you can order one for Christmas by calling the Portland Spirit at 503-224-3900. Merry Christmas everyone!


On 18 December 2007 (03:25 PM), Rick Lewis said:

CINNAMON BEAR in the Adventure of the Silver Star -- the first storybook in 70 years, based on the radio program, was just released in October of this year! Pardon the blatant promotion -- but I know followers of this blog love the Cinnamon Bear, as I do. We've had so many requests for a storybook based on the radio show -- we just had to do it. I think it's beautiful. It's reduced, of course! To illustrate and retell the entire 26 chapters would take hundres of pages! But, you can order one for Christmas by calling the Portland Spirit at 503-224-3900. Merry Christmas everyone!


On 20 August 2008 (11:40 PM), Christy said:

I have been searching for that fantabulous cinnamon bear cookie recipe for years. I loved savoring those delicious holiday morsels as a child. Several years ago, I noticed some similar looking cookies in a Danielson's Thriftway bakery, so I bought a couple and was quite surprised by how closely it resembled the original taste that I remembered and greatly enjoyed as a little girl.


On 28 August 2008 (08:09 PM), Tony said:

My father recreated the Cinnamon Bear in models and various objects turned into serial characters. We STILL put the monsterous display up every year. I personally have at LEAST one coloring book from Wieboldts and an ORIGINAL silver star. My dad was not perfect growing up but to this day every year I listen to my copy of the Cinnamno Bear.


On 12 September 2008 (09:54 AM), CJ Ferrara said:

After hunting for more years than I like to think about and paying alot more than my knows, I have managed to find Episode 10 of the Cinnamon Bear TV Show.

It was produced on 16mm film by WGN TV at a local Chicago Studio. They used the radio show track and created puppets for the characters. Each episode was conformed on individual reels. The reels were then sent to TV stations throughout the US and Canada.

It ran for three seasons between 1950 and 1953, on WGN TV. In Chicago, it was sponsored by Weiboldts Department Stores

In Episode 10 -- Judy, Jimmy and the Cinnamon are on the island of Obe. They encounter Professor Whiz, the owl, prior to entering the Wintergreen Witch's cottage. Once inside they find her magic picture frame, go in and meet Fraidy Cat, who sings her song.

I have digitized the film and put it on DVD to share with all my fellow Cinnamon Bear Fans. I plan to sell copies on eBay this season. Start looking for it sometime mid-September or early October 2008. It is as delightful as you remember. I added a history and a cast list after the show. So, be sure to buy one of the DVDs.

I Look forward to hearing from you.
Chuck


On 26 September 2008 (02:33 PM), Christy said:

I would love to see a picture with the Cinnamon Bear costume. You probably remember, brown matted looking fur, which seemed to either be missing or was sparse in the lap area, big wide round eyes, and large white chubby lips, if my memory is correct anyways. Too bad that the kids nowadays are unable to enjoy that experience. I'm lucky to have had the opportunity which has left me with precious memories that I can only talk about.


On 26 September 2008 (02:36 PM), Christy said:

I would love to see a picture of the Cinnamon Bear costume. You probably remember, brown matted looking fur, which seemed to either be missing or was sparse in the lap area, big wide round eyes, and large white chubby lips, if my memory is correct anyways. Too bad that the kids nowadays are unable to enjoy that experience. I'm lucky to have had the opportunity which has left me with precious memories that I can only talk about.