Tee Cee

Do you remember Top Cat? I suppose Hanna Barbera cartoons were among the first animated cartoons produced exclusively for television as opposed to airing repurposed movie cartoons. I’m not saying they all were great, although many of them were clever, but they were ubiquitous. As a professional cartoonist, their influence on me probably was far greater than I realize. I wish you a contemplative, restorative and happy Memorial Day. Tomorrow, I will try to return to a more reliable routine around here.
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97 responses to “Tee Cee”

  1. Yes, Jimmy I remember Hanna-Barbera cartoons. I was the oldest in a big family, I saw a lot of stuff I wouldn’t , if I had been an only child. I remember Yogi Bear and Boo Boo. Huckleberry Hound. Quickdraw McDraw. I enjoyed them all, but my favorite cartoons will always be the one created by Jay Ward. Rocky and Bullwinkle,George of the Jungle,Dudley Doright,even Super chicken

  2. Symply loved my Saturday mornings as a lad. Would Fargone laugh and laugh and my father (from Switzerland) would come up shake his head and wonder what I found so funny…..he did not like the stooges either!

  3. Yes those were great cartoons in the “good old days” of TV. Also a prayer & remembrance on this Memorial Day to all those who served our country and especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

  4. Jimmy:

    I imagine that you are aware that I recently wrote that seeing or hearing, “Happy Memorial Day!” profoundly saddens me.

    Now, because of your phrasing, I can see that “happy” can indeed be used with “Memorial Day.”

    It opens a multitude of meanings.

    Thank you.

  5. I found a graphic being passed around on FB. I summarize it here. I hope it’s correct.

    Armed Forces Day honors those currently serving. (Third Saturday in May)
    Veterans Day honors those who served and are still living. (November 11)
    Memorial Day honors those who served and have died. (Last Monday in May)

  6. Good morning. Recovery moves apace.

    I am up in kitchen sorting lingerie with Terrie the new cleaner. Ghost likes her and they work well. He is acquiring new harem girls.

    Ghost is off in search of kitty food for the Never Ending Kitty Buffet. Dickens is on kitchen table supervising.

  7. Spent many an hour watching Saturday AM cartoons – TC was definitely one of them. Does anyone else remember Crusader Rabbit? There was also another odd one about a spaceman and his caveman buddy…

  8. Stayed up from 9 a.m. when Jesus called until just now. He says my leg is amazing as it has almost no swelling, no bruising, no discolor ingredients, no bleeding or weeping. I am 100 for mobility so far. Am not walking outside, just in house yet but go back Thursday to have staples removed.

    My female orthopedist will definitely get to do the second knee as soon as we can schedule in fall. Ghost likes her a lot but her Hobby is running cross country firing rifles competively as well as shooting competively. I suspect she could double as a sniper if need be while doing a field amputation under fire.

    I admire her a lot.

  9. Just read most amazing tribute to the great WWII cartoonist, sent to me by a friend as an email. I will get Ghost to post it her.

  10. re Top Cat: I very often have the theme song go through my head. Funny thing is that I *never* understood all the words until I looked it up on line a while ago:

    Close friends get to call him T. C.
    Pro-vid-ing it’s la la la la.

    I just found out that la la la la is “with dig-ni-ty”.

    I had the same problem with “Gee our old LaSalle ran great” on “All In The Family”. Of course I don’t know that I ever heard of a LaSalle at the time.

  11. Bill Mauldin is the only one I can think of who had a major reputation during the war. But there are several others who made a name afterwards: Charles Schulz, Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Dave Breger (Private Breger), George Baker (Sad Sack) were all in the Army during WWII and Hank Ketcham (Dennis the Menace) was a sailor. Some of these also had comics in military publications during the war.

  12. It was the great Bill Mauldin. My friend knew how much I loved comics and my personal history so he knew I’d enjoy it.

    It was about how in 2002 Mauldin lay dying alone in a nursing home in a single room in Southern California in his 80s. When his readers found out he was flooded with cards and visitors.

    Very touching article.

  13. I have mentioned before Peter Grant’s blog, and how I came to it. [hattip, Ghost, via Lawdog] He has here the text of this year’s proclamation: http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2017/05/memorial-day.html It was written earlier last week, in advance of the event. No matter how you may feel about the president, it is a good read. If you like him, you will feel good. If you do not, you may find fodder there.

    The proclamation is an annual event, by all presidents since inception. And there are many others, through the year, that are similarly pro forma. And unless an individual is really good with words, or particularly passionate on a subject, it can be assumed it is prepared in advance by a professional writer, often from a template. Still it is good to review the ‘official’ position of our current administration, as part of the observation.

    Mr. Grant is also a published author of Old West Fiction, enjoy.

  14. I was a big fan of Top Cat, and also of the Wacky Races and many other Hanna Barbera characters, not to mention of course Tom and Jerry. Those were good times.

  15. No Mark, I did not know about this. I have been to Paul’s Valley dozens of times as I had a major customer there in the candy company for whom we printed ribbons and labels, gift cards and envelopes.

  16. Just listened to Top Cat song, read about him and other cartoon characters. A first, never saw it before.

    But cartoons were never my thing. Didn’t have TV. But I did watch Bullwinkle.

  17. (This morning, I posted “Empty Helmet” just minutes before Jimmy started this thread. I first posted the following on Memorial Day 2014 and re-posted it in 2015. I offer it again in case the population of the village has changed in the last two years.)

    Empty Helmet

    A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I walked through a consignment/craft store in Logan, and seeing a WWII-era Army helmet hanging upside down by its leather straps took me back 52 years.

    I grew up on James Road here in Lancaster, and I don’t know of any father in our neighborhood who had not been in WWII or Korea. Not all fathers fought, but all served. Seeing men in Lancaster who were disfigured or crippled by war was a common sight, and we all took it as a matter of course. We were taught that they were men deserving of great respect.

    One of the fathers on my block saw Hell, and he came back with shell shock. He was usually okay, but sonic booms were hard on him. However, as he said on occasion, he came back. The real heroes did not.

    I always thought about that whenever I was at my friend’s house on Clayton. An Army helmet hung upside down by its leather straps underneath the carport. His mom planted flowers in it. His dad didn’t come back from Korea.

  18. In one of the Mr. Magoo cartoons, he’s driving his car along the bottom of the harbor. (Don’t ask; it’s a cartoon.) He sees a sunken ship and makes a comment about how the Backus Mansion has been allowed to run down. I wonder how many people understood that at the time.

  19. I grew up on the H-B cartoons. I was too young to know it at the time but Top Cat was “Sargent Bilko” set in a New York Alley.

    As much as I loved the H-B and WB cartoons, my favorites, even as a youngster, were the Jay Ward cartoons. I guess I was a subversive at a very tender age.

  20. There was a TV set in living room of my boarding school but we had limited use of it. I remember the Dick Clark Show and Rocky and Bull Winkle, maybe Yogi Bear. It was 1959.

    I got a TV in college but we were not allowed to keep in dorm rooms so watching in lobby was all available. I never acquired a TV habit.

    At times I feel totally lost when the Village posts about things like these and I Google and read.

  21. What, Morphy, you missed our Little Annie Fanny Fest here in the Village awhile back?

    I loved Little Annie Fanny, one of most complex and hilarious cartoons ever done. And art was incredible, humor was scathing. And those boobs!

  22. Morphy it was Kurtzman who did Little Annie Fanny for Playboy.

    Little Annie Fanny https://g.co/kgs/sBo2q5

    It took me forever to really read her because you had to identify all the minor characters being satirized as we as the throw away humor tucked in gratis.

    And the boobs and butts.

  23. There was a go-go dancer that worked at the club at my first PCS that was a dead-ringer for Little Annie Fanny. It was so obvious that was what we all called her.

    You would no believe how much trouble I had posting the above, for to incorrect changes made by spell crustacean.

  24. I wanted to put it on Facebook. Figured out it was Bob Greene who wrote, then Ghost found.

    I miss the great columnists so much. I read their writers so I knew the papers like the Sun Times.

    Didn’t have to always agree with them to enjoy reading.

  25. Yeah, I uh, may have sneaked a few, uh …..

    Yeah, I had known Kurtzman’s lines and they were certainly recognizable no matter what publication he drew for, or how many layers of clothing they were missing. A good sense of comic rhythm timed to a USAmerican’s eye scan rate, is what really gave punch to his work.

    It was the adventure in a noirish storyline of detectives and dames with gams that is his ‘Jungle Book’ that was new to me. I knew several here had liked his work, so shared.

    Ghost, I thought Annie was less likely to be found in nature than Mattel’s Barbie. Did she have the trademarked ‘o’ face? The one displayed when surprised, or have I crossed artist’s creations?

  26. Oh, as an afterthought, Annie is what my mind’s eye sees every time I read the word pokie in it’s usual context here. Other times I may think of Gumby’s horse, but not here.

  27. Ghost et al.:

    Thanks for the memories / Bill Mauldin, a bright spot in my teen years.

    It is so sad when such a bright light is dimmed by Alzheimer’s: Franklin P. Adams [‘FPA’, ‘Information Please’], E.B. White [‘Charlotte’s Web’, ‘Strunk & White,], my Stuyvesant HS classmate, brilliant geochemist prof now in the late stages in the Bay Area.


  28. Hello all – Sorry I’ve been absent of late. For a variety of reasons I fell behind on posts, and felt guilty for not catching up again before reposting. Still not caught up, but stopping in anyway.

    Thank you all for sympathy about Blacklight. I shall not go into detail, but it was a traumatic passing. On a brighter note, she somehow taught Thunder most of her bad habits before she passed. I grumble, “Really Blacklight? You had to teach her to do *that* too?” About once a week.

    Work is still going well. It has its moments, but so does everything. Now that the weather is warming for fair, working in a refrigerated building becomes more enjoyable.

    Hope everyone had an enjoyable Mother’s day. My aunt had a combined party for her mom, my grandma (her stepmom) at the nursing home where she works and they live. Wonderful gathering. Everyone had left, and as my aunt turned down the covers for her mom (Marie, the blind dynamo), she caught her foot in a cord the staff had carelessly allowed to loop across the floor. My aunt fell and broke her hip. Surgery was the next day, and now she is rehabbing in the same place she fell. My cousin is making sure the establishment is covering the bills – not workman’s comp, but negligence. Looped cords in a blind resident’s room is a huge oversight.

    Will do better about checking in (and getting caught up again). Hope everyone is well.

  29. Mindy, it’s so good to see your post! My niece and SIL have three cats between them, and when they speak of them, I think of Blacklight and Thunder. Sending prayers and good thoughts to your aunt.

    Jimmy, I loved Top Cat when I was a kid. My best friend lived next door. We would get washed up and into our jammies, then she would come over and we’d sit on the floor watching the program together.

  30. Morphy: The USAF Club version of Little Annie Fanny was almost frighteningly true to the Playboy version. Although my memory of her facial features has dimmed a bit, either due to the number of years that have passed or because they are overshadowed by memories of her “other” features, I do recall that she had the same wide-eyed expression, the same pouty mouth, and the same blonde hair-do. And of course the “other” features were comparable as well.

    I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this, but one night at closing time our LAF, wearing her brief black two-piece fringed go-go outfit, approached a buddy and me, said her ride couldn’t make it, and asked if we could give her a lift to her apartment. Being the gentlemen we were, we of course agreed. No hanky-panky ensued, but we did learn that our LAF and Playboy’s LAF seemed to have similar intellects.

  31. Ghost has been a wonderful nurse rehabilitation custodian. I am down seven pounds from pre-surgery weight and am back doing all my leg exercises for not yet operated on right leg. I need to have him dig out my hand, wrist and leg ankle weights.

    Have been looking at recumbent bikes for house here at recommendation of my physical therapist. After I finish with in home therapy we start the out patient and with Ghost driving me I plan to go to Tulsa for rehab at the therapy center owned by my orthopedic surgery group.

    I already consider this a success.

  32. About Little Annie Fanny. I do not look like her nor ever have. The real Playboy Bunnies I have known did not either. In early 60s we were all natural, no surgery enhancement. Clean cut sweet girl next door types, the kind of girls you saw running for campus beauty Queens or Miss Mississippi.

    We were college girls, not typical waitress material. Janice could have been one.

    When my youngest daughter put on her “Looks Like A Bunny” suit as a cocktail waitress for the casino, those suits had BA, MA and PHD bodies often filling the push up bras.

  33. Busy day back at it, after the weekend, so came by later than usual. Pattern is to read here, then drop the counted link here for Jimmy, to get to GoComics. Think he said that may be worth a ten-thousandth of a cent or so. Am looking forward to learning about ‘Frog Sticks’.

    But had to say, Ghost, your fond recollection of a true to form LAF had me LAFfing in the reading, thanks.

    And Jackie, I always thought the drawings were pretty well gravity defying, in the way helium airships just don’t look right. In the case of the fictional LAF, that may be where she stored her resupply for being an ‘airhead’.

    Comedy sells because it’s funny, not because it’s accurate or fair.

    Glad to read you Mindy! Expected you were busy. Hope that has been mostly a good thing.

  34. Hah! Thanks for the heads up.

    Now I have the diner scene from Five Easy Pieces in my head. The one where Jack Nicholson gives very specific directions for achieving dry toast without regard to cost. Classic bit of work. Fundamental to my image of Jack Nicholson. Can’t recall the actress who played the stubborn then flustered waitress.

  35. Am feeling so much better that I am getting involved helping Ghost slice and dice, plan food. A woman mixing with his cooking is a new Ghostly experience I think.

    Tonight we are having oriental shrimp and snow peas stir fry that includes mushrooms, water chestnuts, green and sweet onions, ginger, garlic, carrot sticks.

    Tomorrow we are having stir fried chicken breasts and turnips, red peppers and similar goodies topped with peanuts. Here is recipe.


    I am definitely losing weight and Ghost appears to be as well. And I feel so good. That is not pain meds speaking.

  36. Kind regards to Lorna Thayer, she did not have an extensive career, but I hope she enjoyed it.

    The variety involved in the menu makes tonight a bit of a disappointment here. I’ll have to do more shopping and try harder tommorow.

  37. Just found a great recipe for Vietnamese noodle bowl with lemon grass caramelized chicken, very fresh and healthy.


    Ghost and I love Vietnamese food but Tulsa has been closest source. I just found out that Fort Smith, Arkansas which is 60 miles away has more Vietnamese restaurants than Tulsa with more extensive menus. So guess where we are going soon?

    In meantime I learned to cook their foods when I moved here 20 years ago out of desperation and hunger.

    We will get fresh bean sprouts in Tulsa for this and lots of herbs, basil, cilantro. I add cucumbers, radishes, crispy onions, peanuts. Love it!

  38. Jackie:

    Thanks for the yummy food photos. First one says, ‘Crunchy turnips stand in for water chestnuts in this Southern-inspired stir-fried dish.’ I’d prefer turnips to insipid w. chestnuts any day, and also suggest girasols as a good substitute. We had a perennial grove of them at our old house.


  39. I love Jerusalem artichokes, also known as girasols. I used to grow them and cook with them a lot including as a side dish with herbs as I recall.

    Today Ghost told me I had learned a new word with my surgery and narcotics involving digestion, “flatulence.”
    I told him I’d known that word a loooong time.

    It well may have been girasols that taught it as that is result of eating them!

  40. I never knew that meaning of “girasol”; I had been limited to its meaning as a kind of opal. Thanks for the broadening.

  41. Here is an article that explains all about the “fartichoke” as the Gira sole or Jeruselum artichoke is known. In the 1960s an American farmer invented the name Sunchoke and popularized them among the 60s hippy natural foods eaters.

    I got turned on to them by Weight Watcher’s back in 60s who allowed no bread or potatoes in the diet back then. The Jeruselum artichoke was allowed however.

    Read the article. Girasole is from sunflowers.


  42. Adult Truths

    1. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

    2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong

    19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

  43. Was adding today’s AWAD quote [which I only partly agree w/] when I ran across this. Too many, both R and L, don’t realize it.

    Whitehead, Alfred North, math., phil. (1861-1947). ‘The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.’


  44. Up and semi dressed, had a pain meds, blueberries and shredded wheat, waiting for cleaning lady and Jesus, my physical therapist.

    Pain not bad and almost out of pain meds, switched back to my maintenance drug which is non narcotic supposedly. Must not be addictive as my doctor forgets to refill it and I go off for a week or more.

    I am replacing Ghosts harem one at a time with women employees of his choice.

  45. Good morning Villagers…..

    Oh, Mindy, so good to read your post and please come back. We had to put my slate gray cat, Hampton, to sleep a couple of weeks ago, she had a brain tumor. It’s hard when one loses a furever friend.

    Spent the past two days at hospital. Dad had a stroke, a TIA, no disability. But on the way to hospital, his speech slurred…again. So I feel he had two of them back to back. One here at home as he was unable to walk or stand up…and another on the way to hospital.

    MRI’s show he has complete blockage on one side of his artery in his neck, and 50 percent blockage on the other side. He is still getting blood/oxygen through the arteries in the back of his neck. More medication to take, Lipitor, Plavex and another blood pressure pill. We also learned this was not the first time he had a stroke. There is quite a bit of white matter on his brain. That may have been the reason he fell last fall. What I don’t understand is where were the doctors all these years. This just didn’t happen overnight. Why wasn’t a MRI done back then???

    We also found out he is borderline diabetic. So, Debbe, needs to cut back all sweets and his one gallon of chocolate milk every two days….

    Slowly, Dad is beginning to realize the severity of his health. He read the paperwork on strokes that the hospital sent home…that helped when he saw it in print.

    I already use only frozen veggies, buy the leanest meats. Will check out diabetic ‘goodies’ when shopping today.

    Please keep my Dad in your thoughts and prayers.

  46. Mr. Hogan:

    And thank you for encouraging me to return to it.

    Unfortunately, I was in a hurry the first time I looked at it, and I did not see the setting for the missing man.

    Thank you also for opening my eyes.

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