Thursday, November 15, 2007

“The Jetsons”

Meet George Jetson (doo doo doo-doo doo doo-doo doo doo-doo doo doo)

“The Jetsons” was a cartoon about a space-age family named (take a guess) The Jetsons. The family’s patriarch was George, who toiled away at Spacely Sprockets for the hard-driving Mr. Spacely. (Their competition, Cogswell Cogs).

And then there was Jane, his wife; daughter Judy and “his boy” Elroy. And, of course, the family dog, Astro. (Rut-roh! Right, Reorge!)

According to, the series ran from Sept. 23, 1962 to March 3, 1963. Further episodes were produced for syndication between 1985 and 1987.

I can vividly remember being in fifth grade (that’s around 1977-78 for those of you keeping tabs on my age) and one of the usually assignments in the spelling workbook was to describe what it would be like to live in the year 2001. So, of course, in true “Jetsons” style, I envisioned flying cars, conveyor belts instead of sidewalks and self-cleaning houses. (I’m still holding out for one of those!) We haven’t quite reached the technology of “The Jetsons” yet, have we?

One memorable moment was George teaming up with Judy’s pop idol, Jet Screamer, to sing “Eep, Opp, Ork Ah-Ah” (George had replaced Judy’s song contest entry with these words, which were secret code words of Elroy’s, but the code words actually wound up winning!)

Check out “The Jetsons” at

Check out the opening to “The Jetsons” on at

Check out George Jetson and Jet Screamer performing “Eep, Opp, Ork Ah-Ah”

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