Baby Boomer Chronicles: Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius


Long before we heard about children carrying firearms and using them in public schools in incident after incident of mayhem, we, growing up during the 1960’s had the Saturday morning cartoon bonanza. We would all wait on it like Christmas Day. Each of the major networks at the time ABC, CBS, and NBC had a Saturday morning cartoon lineup. This was before cable or any kind of satellite television capability was available for the general public. Do any of you remember Captain Kangaroo, Rocky and Bullwinkle, or the number of loveable characters from Hanna- Barbara (Johnny Quest, Space Ghost)?

But, I loved it all and consider this a salute to those great animators that made it all possible. Once my wife asked why I liked to watch cartoons, even as an adult. It was because I worked hard during the day and liked to have a good belly laugh. Not the kind of comedy at anyone’s expense but just a good laugh at all the pratfalls of characters that were only possible within the cartoon universe. The Looney Tunes were therapeutic as the ultimate way to unwind. In comparison, today’s cartoons are cynical, controversial and not terribly funny much of the time.

But, all in all, the funniest cartoons were made by the clever animators at Warner Brothers Studios. Their work during the 1940’s and 1950’s were for me the most hilarious. Those are cartoons that I never missed. These guys had to be in a ‘reefer madness’ session to come up with the stories they did. Men like Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Leon Schlesinger, Robert McKimson ,to just name a few, were responsible for the magic.

Remember all the characters: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Pepe Le Peu, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, the Tasmanian Devil, just to name a few. Which was your favorite? Well, my favorite is the star or the character in the title of this article, Wile E. Coyote. I looked forward to the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour program that appeared on ABC during the late 1960’s. I loved Wile E. and the all American motto associated with him, ‘that when one first fails to succeed, try, try again’. He personified the American spirit, particularly at that time, that with determination and persistence anything was possible. We all, as kids, sympathized with the Coyote and hoped that someday he would actually catch the Road Runner. He was so clever with his array of high quality “Acme” products. Wile E. had a few good ideas that we all thought could have worked if he ‘tweaked’ at them a bit. Remember the boulders, dynamite sticks and anvils? He could take devastating falls and be around to tell about them. But, it was when he tangled with Bugs Bunny that he finds himself in a pinch. He always said that “this was no ordinary rabbit’. He was right as Bugs wasn’t going to become anybody’s breakfast. Here a two of my favorites, enjoy!!


Operation: Rabbit (1952) Warner Brothers Studios

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To Hare is Human (1956) Warner Brothers Studios


In memoriam to a true 'supergenius', Steve Jobs (1955-2011), the Thomas Edison of the Boomer Generation

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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Steve Jobs and Wile E. Coyote two characters that will live forever in our hearts and minds. Thanks Credence,

Peter


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American View 5 years ago from Plano, Texas

Great article Cred. I loved watching those catoons on Saturday morining. WB cartoons were the best. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Up and awesome


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

You bet, I remember them all. My sister and I would watch every Saturday morning. Very often my friend would come over and join us. The other that I loved were the old black and white westerns....Roy Rogers, Annie Oakley, Gene Autry. Thanks for a wonderful little trip down memory lane.


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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I loved WB cartoons as a kid. But I thought Wiley Coyote was the biggest dunce aside from Sylvester. Thanks for bringing up good memories!


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Thanks for your comment, Peter. I don't know so much about Wile E., but the loss of Steve Jobs will resonate with us all.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hello, AV, thanks for dropping by. It is always nice to have a little comic relief from all the rigors of politics and such. I am glad that you enjoyed the article. Cred2


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Greetings, Dee, thanks for reading and providing your comment. I, too, remember those old black and white westerns. I use to like the 'Lone Ranger' series. Imagine, a half a century is like a sea change when one looks back at the media of television. Cred2


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Alicia, thanks for reading. I certainly am glad that you approve. I have been negligent, I did not mention Sylvester and Tweety. They certainly did add to the laughs! Cred2


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Johnny Quest! Now yer talking Cred2. That was me fave Saturday morning show, well, that and Astro boy. You've sure brought back those fun times watching the Warner cartoons. Ha ha. "Acme" has to be one of the key words from childhood. Appreciate this Cred. You've got a very fine series with the Baby Boomer Chronicles.~:)


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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

My favorites were the characters from Johnny Quest, Hadji and Johnny. Have you ever received e-mails that are regularly signed with one of these characters names? The people who do that are interesting (to say the least).


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi, Alastar, we have a lot of fun with Johnny Quest, and until recently I was finding the show on the cartoon network. It is always nice to run down memory lane and share a chuckle or two. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Hi, FJ, thanks for checking this article out. Johnny Quest has a quite a following as I can see. I seem to remember that "mr.cool, Race Bannon, and Bandit. That program may go back as far as 1964/65. Man, has the time passed. I have not received any e-mails with the names of any of the characters, but now that you mention it, I will be on the lookout. Thanks again, Cred2


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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Heh,

I just re-read my original comment and may have left the imnpression that email signed with cartoon character names would have been limited to names from Johnny Quest.

The name I specifically had in mind is 'Wile E. Coyote, super genius'. Absolutely hilarious. The signature almost always causes me to re-read their e-mails carefully.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

FJ, thanks for that clarification. It just may have given me and idea or two!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Credence2,

It was a pleasure to rate this UP and FAB-- gotta LOVE the Looney Tunes (and that's all folks!)

Hope all is well and take care, mar.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Thanks, Mar, for looking in. I am delighted that you had a little fun with this!

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