1969 was a very good year because it gave us very good things. Here’s one of ‘em: Scooby-Doo. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of when it first aired back in September 13, 1969, I’ve brought back an early post close to my heart. Originally published on December 3, 2015 on CarLustBlog.com, it’s been edited (mostly formatting for better flow), expanded, did some hyperlink replacement, plusadded a couple of new pics, but it’s still pretty much the same.
Author’s note: I’m going to focus on the Mystery Machine we all know
and love. Even though I’ve watched a lot of Scooby-Doo over the years and
because the Scooby universe is quite large, details will be missed. Not even as
a kid could I have watched it all. And some of the stuff is just plain
unwatchable! Update: I no longer watch Cartoon Network as often as I used to; I’m
down to just watching one cartoon from ‘em. I gave up on the so-called home of
Scooby-Doo, Boomerang -formerly CN’s vintage cartoons channel- ever since it
got reworked for 2015. So I’m not up to par with their releases… if they’re
promoted at all.
The Mystery Machine. The oftentimes unsung member of Mystery Inc. Thanks to this, well, machine (and the A-Team van), I believed, without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, that vannin’ was cool. The appeal of traveling around the country, no, the world in your custom van with your friends is just too appealing for a naïve, car-loving kid. Today, the Mystery Machine brings me memories of those days.
Hunt Stevenson (Michael Keaton) had one job: convince the
Japanese car company Assan Motors to invest in a closed down automobile plant
of his economically-spiraling-downward hometown. No pressure, right? Luckily
for him, and his town, he succeeded. An Assan Motors management team is flown
in and greeted with an equivalent of a hero’s welcome. The plant is quickly set
up and the local workforce –after reluctantly accepting some temporary
agreements – is hired back. Everything’s peachy. Until they get to work. The
auto workers want to build cars their way just like before: relaxed –almost
lackadaisical- pace, with lots of flexibility. Happy worker, happy company.
Assan management wants to implement their way of building cars: strict,
efficient, and disciplined, with the company as #1. Happy company, happy worker.
Trouble on both sides start brewing and intermediary Hunt is stuck in the
middle. When animosity leaves the plant and into daily life -whether at a
softball match or in the grocery store- you know things are bad.
In honor of Lee Iacocca, who passed away on
July 2nd, at 94.
Please ignore the too-handsome portrayal of Louis Chevrolet. Only his
last name is of any relevance in this documentary.
History Channel’s The
Cars that Made America is a documentary that tells how the automobiles made
by the likes of Henry Ford, Horace and John Dodge, Walter Chrysler, etc. came
to shape the United States and beyond.
Henry Ford rose from failure to risk everything in an
automobile race in order to prove that he could build a good automobile. He did,
because he won. He surrounded himself with engineering talent to help build the
perfect car. These were John and Horace Dodge. Through their efforts, the Model
T was born. But that was just the beginning. The implementation of the moving
assembly line as well as game-changing labor decisions made a great-selling car
even more so. Ford even had the gumption to go head-to-head in court with the
man the claimed the patent rights for the automobile, George Selden. Ford won,
doing everyone with the desire to build an automobile a solid favor: no royalty
fees. When the dust settled, around 15 million Model Ts roamed the Earth. But Ford
wasn’t the only game in town…
This month, we are reminded that it’s been fifty years since humankind first set foot on the moon. 50. But in some ways, 1969 seems like yesterday because so many elements of that year are still with us. Also, it was an amazing year in automobilia, motorcycles, and aerospace machines. Right on!Continue reading →