On Sept. 4, 1943, Bee readers were greeted to two new cartoon figures on Page 1. One was a bee waving a newspaper, the other a bee talking into a radio microphone. In between was a photo of the world-famous animator Walt Disney.
Mascots made for a merry kettle kick-off, drawing smiles and donations in a friendly competition. Holiday giving this year will help 1,200 families in the Modesto area have toys and a hot meal, as well as helping with Salvation Army services all year long.