A pin found on Ebay
In 1981, when I was eight years old, we went to the Royal Melbourne Show (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Melbourne_Show), as we did every year. I was bought a teddy bear - Misha - who has remained a faithful companion ever since. He is sitting on the dresser in our bedroom now, thirty-one years old and a little careworn but still keeping his end up, as they say. When I was eight, I didn't realise that Misha (or Mishka) had been the symbol of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. When he made it to Melbourne, Misha had been transformed into a football bear and wore a little Hawthorn t-shirt.
Lately I have been looking around the Net at all things Misha, partially on a nostalgia trip and partly due to my love of Soviet-era vintage. There's a lot to be found! Misha is still a very popular bear...
Do you still have a special furry childhood friend?
Lovely 'flock' covered Misha on Dawanda
Hipster Misha getting down in time for the Olympics
Image found at http://femtasia.blogspot.com.au/2009/05/misha.html
Image found at http://paulina.holbreich.org/tag/bear/
Misha as I knew and know him (though no Olympic rings on my Misha)