It’s been a bad season for our storied and influential history makers. Yesterday saw the internment of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in his native Turkey, as well as the passing of Joe Barbera, a man responsible for The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Tom & Jerry, Scooby Doo, Johnny Quest, The Jetsons, and many, many more animated classics.
Both these men had huge impacts on my own life, as Ertegun’s stable of artists made up a massive portion of my musical education (and it’s continuing obsession), and Barbera (along with William Hanna) certainly did more than his fair share to kick start my love of animation. So a tip o’ the hat and a respectful moment for two influential powerhouses who both cemented a cherished spot in our collective pop culture. G’night, Joe. G’night, Ahmet.