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.
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