Shadows of My Youth-RIP
Joe Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team, passed away yesterday. Looking back, it's frightening how much of my childhood TV time was dominated by this group. (We would watch anything that was "cartoons".) Channel 3 in Madison used to run cartoon shows in the local programming time between four and six PM, and alot of them were HB: Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw. When you add to that The Flintstones in prime time, The Jetsons, Johnny Quest, Josie and the PussyCats, Top Cat, Magilla Gorilla, Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel, Space Ghost, and Scooby-Doo on Saturday mornings depending on the year, PLUS Tom and Jerry, also Saturday AM, created by H&B while working for MGM, meant that sometimes a good five to ten hours a week could be absorbed by HB products, far more than Warner Brothers, Jay Ward, or Filmation--or any "regular" TV show until there started being daily re-runs of "Star Trek". No wonder that I knew the "Purple Pumpernickle" long before encountering the Scarlet Pimpernel, and was dangerous with any sort of guitar-shaped object because of "El Kabong."