I MUST BE CRAZY OLD IF SCOOBY DOO FIRST EPISODE LANDED 53 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK!
Scooby Doo turned 53 years old this week. And damn, but that makes me feel old. I mean, even older. But I have some gratitude, as well. Because it’s a pleasant surprise to realize that ole’ Scoob will forever be older than I am. But the investigative dog is just one of Hanna-Barbera’s many successful creations. Quite frankly, I consider most of those cartoon successes to be a part of the 1970’s. Well, and 80’s, too. But it’s yet another daunting notch in the aged belt to realize that all of these, Scooby Doo included, came out over 5 long decades ago.
SCOOBY DOO WAS ONE OF MANY HANNA-BARBERA HITS FROM THE 1960’S, LIKE THE FLINTSTONES AND JOHHNY QUEST
So despite a few movies, you might want to remember some of the other Hanna-Barbera hits you managed to forget about. There’s the Flintsones, which still makes me wish I could drive a car with just my feet. The braking didn’t look like too much fun, though. Another I’d like to mention is Johnny Quest. That little adventure cartoon was the first thing I ever saw that elicited an awareness of cool. Johnny Quest was cool. His very non-American friend was cool, too. The Scoob was never cool, though he was awesome.
SCOOBY SNACK? SCOOBY DOO ISN’T EXACTLY TIMELESS, BUT KIDS ENJOYED IT FOR DECADES
But Scooby certainly is cool to think about now. Remember, the Scoob went on ridiculous adventures with a bunch of hippies driving around in a hippy van. Could you be any more 1960’s than that? And it was mostly innocent fun. I’d say timeless fun but we all know that’s not true. But despite my aging misgivings, it’s fun to even revisit Scooby Doo as a part of my own aging angst. It was this week in the year 1969 that the first episode of Scooby Doo aired on television! That’s just crazy.
And I STILL want to know what’s in a Scooby snack.