Betty White has achieved her lifelong dream and it has nothing to do with those seven Emmys she's accrued over the course of her career. The 88-year-old acting legend was recently made an honorary forest ranger!
With Smokey the Bear looking on, the U.S. Forest Service presented White with a badge and a ranger's Stetson at a November 9 ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles Times reports.
"In my heart I've been a forest ranger all my life," said White, who aspired to the job as a child, but women weren't allowed. "Now I'm official."
The former "Golden Girls" star recalled childhood memories of going camping with her family in Yellowstone National Park as well as riding a horse through the High Sierras with her father.
"Wilderness is harder and harder to find these days on this beautiful planet," she noted, "and we're abusing our planet to the point of almost no return."
White was in D.C. for another Kennedy Center event in which Tina Fey was presented with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
"It's a formal affair," White explained. "Would it be all right if I wore the hat?"
Betty White, you are awesome! I hope other celebs will follow your example and your incredible spirit and sense of humor. I am a big fan!:)
Haven't we had enough with Betty White yet? Who re-opened her crypt? Yeah she had a successful career 30 years ago but omfg get off my tv today. I'd rather watch a reality show with The Burger King, the World's Most Interesting Man, and Mayhem from those All-State ads.
If an 88 year old woman wants to be a ranger, so be it. who is being hurt?
is she gonna record the famous jingle? Smokey the bear, Smokey the bear, prowlin' and a growlin' and a sniffin' the air. He can find a fire before it starts to flame. That's why they call her Betty, that's how she got her na... Well you get the idea.
Is she George Burns's mom? She looks about old enough.
Maybe Yogi and Boo Boo will share their pic a nic basket with Betty !!
The reason why we said smokey the bear in the older times was because smokey was a bear, bears don't have first and last names, Why say smokey bear.
It is simply Smokey Bear, NOT Smokey the Bear...
Betty White is the total package. The party is for Tina Fey, but every guest and photog will have one eye on Ranger Betty.
This just in...Yogi and Boo-Boo are stealing another picnic basket! Send in Betty White!
Betty White is no 15-minutes-of-famer. She has had a generous career as an actress/comedian over the course of many decades. Know the facts before you preach your hate.
I've only stopped by long enough to say .... Aren't we done with this woman yet?
@ericrad – we are done with you and if you hurry, you can catch the next outgoing tide.
Betty White rocks. She can arrest me anytime
The Island loves Betty White..in fact we love all the Golden Girls! That's why we reported on her Forest Ranger honor when it happened on 11/9
I love Betty White and if we are having a conflict, I would love to do with Betty White and I covered in warm olive oil and I am sure she will win.
PLEASE STOP. YOUR MOST RECENT 15 MINUTES IS OVER. GET OUT OF MY POP CULTURE.
Now those cartel planters that hang around our National Parks are truly in trouble. Go gettem, Bet!!
i'm gonna go ahead and assume that they meant "Yosemite" which actually is in the Sierra Nevada range, whereas Yellowstone is in Wyoming. i mean, it's possible she camped in Yellowstone and rode horsies in the Sierra, but i'm guessing your author got the two "Y" national parks confused. happens to me all the time :D
. . .or go ahead and assume she was referring to two separate memories (which I believe to be the case).
Working for the Forest Service in WV, Somkey Bear is a well known Symbol, and the Forest Service is a wonderful organization. Welcome to our family Betty, you would have been a great District Ranger.
Okay, I'll see her on the hiking trails helping me do trail maintenance....................
Betty White I LOVE YOU. Yes, wear the hat. Bless you.
You rock,Betty! Love ya!
Dont preach hate!
some of the funniest comments on these posts are hate
while I agree preaching hate is bad, posting it is pretty funny
If SNL doesn't fix up a bit with her arresting a bear for taking a dump in the woods, somebody is missing the boat. It'd be even better if one of their sponsors was Charmin beause if you have any doubts about what those bears are..........
I absolutely second that
I love Betty White! She is amazing and an inspiration! I requested autographs a few years ago from the Golden Girls, I got 3out of 4 (estelle wasn't doing it). Betty White was the only one who made it out specifically out to me :) she's so genuine and sweet!
Come on baby light my fire!
YOUR ARE THE BEST REPRESENTATIVE OF YOU'RE GENDER. I LOVE YOU
you are a weird person
I love Betty White...she's so hilarious!!!
go betty go
It's Smokey Bear.
Years ago the Mascot for forestry was referred to as Smokey the Bear. So the article was correct.
Long standing debate, but the official name is "Smokey Bear" and the US Forest Service tries very hard to keep it that way, along with a host of other "Smokey Bear" guidelines.
it always was "Smokey, the bear" which then would make his name Smokey, or *possibly* he could be referred to as Smokey Bear. let me ask, tho: that's the only thing that struck you from the article?
How many of you know who "Ranger Gord" is? That is the first thing I thought of when I saw this...
And what does your anti-tolerence crap have to do with this story? Go preach your hate someplace else.
while I respect your opinion, it has nothing to do with this article and seems rather spam-bot. GO BETTY WHITE
I love a good wrestling match
you two, in the wresting pit, I'll fill it with jello
let me get this straight: you are saying that betty white is gay? i've no idea what left field that came from, nor what it has to do with the article, nor have i ever heard that particular rumour about her. possibly you need to run on out and get your own life, so you'll be less concerned about what's happening in the bedrooms of people whom you don't even know.
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