History for the Rest of Us

The Far Side

The Far Side

May 21, 2014

The Far Side first appeared in newspapers on January 1, 1980 and ran for fifteen years, it’s last appearance being on January 1, 1995. All 23 Far Side compilation books were on The New York Times Best Seller list. The single-panel cartoon was created by Gary Larson who originally worked in a music store. Bored at work, he picked up a pencil and began to...

Peanuts

Peanuts

May 14, 2014

On October 2, 1950, one of, if not the greatest, cartoon cartoon characters of all time was born. Charlie Brown, the blockhead created by Charles M. Schulz made his first appearance in the comic strip Peanuts on that date. Peanuts had, at its peak, a readership of 355 million. The strip included memorable characters like Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Woodstock, Sally,...

The Jetsons

The Jetsons

Sep 22, 2013

On September 23, 1962, The Jetsons debuted on ABC. It was the first program on ABC to be broadcast in color. The show is about a futuristic family from the year 2062. The family lives in the Skypad Apartments in Orbit City and consists of George Jetson, Jane his wife, daughter Judy, and ‘his boy Elroy’. The family also has a pet dog Astro (Rastro in...

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner

Sep 17, 2013

On September 17, 1949 Wile E. Coyote (Carnivorous Vulgaris) tried to catch Road Runner (Accelleratii Incredibus) for the first time in their initial cartoon ‘Fast and Furry-ous’. In this first, of nearly 50 animated shorts, Wile E. hasn’t learned the value of Geniune ‘ACME’ products and purchases items from ‘Ace’, and...

Bugs Bunny A Wild Hare

Bugs Bunny A Wild Hare

Jul 25, 2013

Historians consider the July 27, 1940 release of A Wild Hare as the first ‘official’ Bugs Bunny short. Though not named in the short, he appears in his fully developed form along with Elmer Fudd, and first uses his signature ‘What’s up, Doc?’ line. Bugs Gets His Voice Bugs also got his voice in the short. One of Mel Blanc’s...

The Pink Panther – The Pink Phink

The Pink Panther – The Pink Phink

Dec 18, 2012

On December 18, 1964 the first animated Pink Panther short, The Pink Phink appeared. The short would be the first time an animation studio would win an Academy Award for Animated Short Film with their first release. The short was released by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and, of course, had for its soundtrack the legendary Pink Panther theme song by Henry...