Do you remember the cartoon The Flintstones? It is often played here at the Hotel Thompson. Bacon’s mom says it goes all the way back to her childhood way back in the 60’s. Gulps. That does tell Bacon’s moms age doesn’t it..ssshh we won’t tell her we said that. Well the roll of Fred Flintstone was based off the character Ralph Kramden from the Honeymooners. You know Ralph Kramden was played by Jackie Gleason. Fred Flintstone’s character makes sense now, right?
Do you remember Fred’s catchphrase? Yabba-Dabba-Doo! In the original script, it called for Fred to just say, “Yahoo”. Doesn’t have the same feel to it, does it? Alan Reed was doing the voice over for Fred Flintstone at the time. He said that his mother used to say, “A little dab’ll do ya”. It doesn’t say if Reed ad-libbed the phrase or asked to change it to the ever knowing, “Yabba-Dabba-Doo!”, but it stuck and as they say… the rest is history.
Do you remember the other close characters in the show? There was Wilma, Fred’s wife. Then there was the close neighbors – Barney and Betty Rubble. And let’s not forget the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos Lodge that Fred and Barney were members. What a fun show it was. I think I’m off now. I gotta go catch up on Pebbles and Bam-Bam.
04/22/2018 at 9:24 am
One thing I learned while doing an old post on Pebbles cereal is that Barney’s occupation is never addressed in the series. Most people seem to assume he works for Mr. Slate with Fred, but there’s no evidence Barney even has a job. That might explain why Barney was always such a mooch…
04/23/2018 at 9:32 am
This is so true. The cartoon does refer to him working from time to time but never confirms what it is. For all we know, he could have been a pimp in the stone age. Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon
04/23/2018 at 11:18 am
Oh, yes, I remember that fun, don’t have to think about it, show. 🙂 Enjoy your TV time, Rocky.
04/23/2018 at 1:32 pm
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04/24/2018 at 5:56 pm
Bam, bam! Ahhh, those wonderful Friday nights where all us kids gathered around the TV to watch this classic. And then there’s Wilma and Betty’s favorite phrase…CHARGE it! 😂
04/26/2018 at 3:23 pm
Exactly! My mom knows that phrase only too well… well that’s what daddy says. Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon