Bill, Joe, and Precious Pupp #socs

I have no idea whatever possessed Linda to choose “precious” for today’s prompt, but she’s the boss.

“Precious” isn’t a word I use often, to be honest. All that came to mind when I thought about it was “Precious Pupp,” one of the Saturday morning cartoons we used to watch all the time. It was part of The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show.

I love that laugh. So did Joseph Hanna and William Barbera, who developed Precious Pupp. When they developed the Wacky Races show, they gave the laugh to Muttley, the sidekick to Dick Dastardly, the villain of the show.

Hanna and Barbera developed lots of different cartoons, beginning with Tom and Jerry, one of the first cartoons not developed with adults in mind. A partial list of Hanna-Barbera cartoons: Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quick-Draw McGraw, Augie Doggy and Doggy Daddy, Pixie and Dixie and Jinks the Cat, Magilla Gorilla, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Top Cat, Space Ghost, Birdman… the list goes on and on, and their company (both of them have passed on) continues to develop new cartoons. H-B was affiliated with MGM Studios, which was bought by Turner Broadcasting, based here in Atlanta. I once interviewed for a job with Turner, and they offered me a position with MGM. Problem was, I’d have to relocate to Los Angeles, and since I had just relocated to Atlanta for work, I turned it down. (Mary told me she relocated once and she wasn’t going to move again. I didn’t disagree.) Turner created Cartoon Network to take advantage of this huge cartoon library, and later created Boomerang for those cartoons that Baby Boomers (e.g. me) watched when they were growing up in the ’60’s.

They don’t show cartoons on Saturday mornings like they used to. Time was all three US networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) showed cartoons from 7 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon on Saturday, and sometimes even on Sunday. Not anymore.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now a word about Supp-Hose ladies’ stockings. Supp-Hose stockings: Great for your ego!

38 thoughts on “Bill, Joe, and Precious Pupp #socs

  1. Having the memory of the many wonderful cartoons you mention is precious in itself. I watched most all of them. It’s too bad that kids today aren’t graced with the Saturday morning cartoons. They are missing something…

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    1. The TV was on all day Saturday and Sunday at our house and most of the day the rest of the week. It was one of those old TV’s that took forever to warm up. We used to get up before the stations signed on and watch the test pattern and listen to the 400 Hz tone while we had breakfast…

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        1. My folks knew that if it was Saturday morning we were probably sitting in our underwear in front of the TV eating Rice Krispies. We kept it down so we wouldn’t wake them…

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  2. I didn’t know they stopped showing Saturday morning cartoons. This is going to take a while for me to accept. I guess there are so many channels now that specialize….. I don’t know. I’m in shock. But I’ll be okay.

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    1. I just looked at this morning’s schedule, and I think most of the kids’ programming on the Big 4 networks is of the e/i variety (educational and informative), and I don’t think any of it is animated. Turner did a thorough job of buying up all the cartoons we grew up with (they’re now owned by Time Warner, since Ted decided to get out of the TV business and raise buffalo in Montana) for his Cartoon Network on cable, and a lot of those now run on Boomerang, which is one of those channels you only get with the super-premium cable packages. It’s a shame, but I guess the network executives decided that they can now fill that time with weekend editions of their morning programs and infomercials, programming that costs them little to produce, and the hell with the kids…

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        1. We’re thinking eventually we’d like to get a smart TV and be able to supplement over-the-air with one or more of the streaming services. We still watch a lot of network TV, but there’s a lot we don’t especially like.

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  3. OMG..I can post now!! For some reason nothing was taking when I tried to post. I am going to look back on your week especially Tuesday. I loved Saturday Morning cartoons and watched them religiously. You know I don’t know this doggie or the cat but it reminds me of that puppie that always tormented Charlie the cat. I loved it when the cat dropped down and just before hitting the bottom, he turns around and lands nicely.

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    1. That happened in a lot of cartoons, where the cat always manages to fall on his feet, so I’m afraid I won’t be much help figuring out who it is. I think it calls for some research…!

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  4. Sad the way cartoons have changed. OMG that Supp-Hose commercial! I am sure you can appreciate what wearing those things was like since your leg experience. Try doing that all the way to the stomach! And that trying to be sexy voiced announcer doesn’t tell you what it feels like as the hose starts migrating down around your ankles and the panties part gets to your knees! I do remember Lost in Space too. Thanks for the memories, John. How is your leg by the way?

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    1. Cartoons have become adult entertainment again, and not in a good way.

      Supp-Hose makes compression socks for men as well; we inherited a pair from Grandma Holton’s brother after he died. Damn near impossible to put on. Grandma used to wear the regular stockings, and I find it hard to believe that the leggy models in the commercial were wearing the same thing.

      My leg is fine, thanks for asking. The compression garment I wear now is keeping my leg down to where my pants leg stays pretty loose all day. I learned something: they have to be replaced about every six months. I found a place that carries them at a discount, so that’s a plus (either way, it’s less than $100).

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  5. There are the ones I remember: Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quick-Draw McGraw, plus the Flinstones and Jetsons. Saturday morning cartoons were the best and after the last cartoon, they’d air American Bandstand. I always wanted to be in the studio audience of that show!!

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    1. That’s if they weren’t airing a college football game that Saturday, although they were usually pretty good about scheduling the football after American Bandstand. Then, if you didn’t care about college football, you’d put on Soul Train if you lived in Chicago.

      Check out the user NRRArchives on YouTube if you want to see some clips from “The Dick Clark Beech-Nut Show,” kind of a nighttime version of “American Bandstand.” The same user runs NRRArchives2, 3, and 4, and I believe there are some clips from American Bandstand there. YouTube also has clips from “Where The Action Is,” an after-school show run by Dick Clark that starred Paul Revere and the Raiders. That was usually on opposite Lloyd Thaxton’s show, which I haven’t been able to find. (That came on after The Match Game on NBC, at least in Chicago.)

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        1. One of the first blog posts I wrote was an obituary for Don Cornelius, who started “Soul Train” at WCIU-TV in Chicago back in the early ’70’s and moved it to LA the next year. He was a visionary, intending the show to be “American Bandstand” for Black teens, not realizing how many White kids were watching it as well. There’s plenty of “Soul Train” on YouTube as well.

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  6. Yeah, my kids know nothing about Saturday morning cartoons. SIGH
    BUT! We had a friend who sent us a bunch of the good (old) cartoons on discs, and my kids loved them still 😀
    Glad you didn’t relocate. I’m with Mary. Once. Once is enough!

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    1. The other choice might have been to fly to LA on Monday and fly home Friday, but Uncle Jack had done that and said it was terrible. I know I would have earned a lot of frequent flyer miles, but I wouldn’t want to see the inside of an airplane after that.

      There weren’t just cartoons on Saturday morning. There were a few live-action shows, like “H. R. Pufnstuff” and “The Banana Splits Hour,” which were classics. All that stuff is on DVD (I think) and Boomerang has a streaming app where you can get a lot of it. It isn’t free, but worth the price. Whoever sent your kids the DVD’s did a great thing.

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  7. Can’t believe my kids aren’t of the Saturday morning cartoon generation. I remember looking forward to them all week long and the deals I made with my brother & sister to watch my favorites. 🙂

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    1. You can thank the FCC for ruining Saturday morning for a whole generation of kids. Them and the “fill up 168 hours a week with whatever crap is cheap” mentality. Crusading parents’ groups got all of that pulled off the air because they didn’t like the fact that their kids were subjected to so many ads for toys and cereals, conveniently forgetting that it had been going on since the dawn of the TV era and that most parents said “no” or “maybe for your birthday or Christmas” when faced with a kid who wanted something and absolutely could not live without it…

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  8. It’s too bad about the cartoons of the good old days. They have changed and not for the better. I remember the word precious in a song but couldn’t think of the song. Finally gave up and did some research –

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    1. And those were just the Hanna-Barbera cartoons. I left out the Warner Bros., Terrytoons, and Harveytoons as well as Max Fleischer Studios and Walter Lantz ones. But H-B were the ones I feel the most connection to.

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  9. So, I just genuinely laughed out loud watching that cartoon, at the part where he tiptoes behind the tree and completely disappears….haha!

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    1. That’s pretty common in a lot of cartoons, but it’s still always funny, especially with the little sound effect that goes with it (which I’ve only heard in Hanna-Barbera cartoons).

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