News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Seems no one is above getting involved in presidential politics these days. Not even Montpelier’s Vermont Teddy Bear Co. usually known for their softer side. But the company recently added Senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain to the bear line-up, says the Rutland Herald. Barack is wearing black pants and a shirt with the sleeves rolled up; Hillary is dressed in a yellow suit jacket with pearls and black pants; and John is more formally attired in a suit and tie. How do you capture the image of a political bear? "The look that was most prevalent…we wanted them to look as close to the real versions as possible," said PR associate Meg Terrien. Apparently response from site browsers/buyers has been "fantastic." Go online at to check out the candidates and vote for your favorite. This may be the only time in a candidate’s campaign when fuzzy is a desired character trait.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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