Gerade Links: My Train Of Thought Goes Off The Rails


[Corrected the spelling of Casey Kasem’s name.]

Last Thursday, a co-worker noticed copies of “Life With Archie” on the freebie shelves.

This led to a discussion of the marriage storylines, which led to the recent third marriage with Valerie.

Which led to a discussion of the cast of Josie and the Pussycats.

Which led to Wikipedia, which has a picture of JatP and Scooby-Doo.

(at which point I noticed that there were a lot of teenage cartoons on the air in the early 1970s, which led to Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm (who got married and had kids!…. their 20th wedding anniversary will be next year.)

Which led to the second Scooby Doo series:

which includes the various voice talent (SWEET KIRBY CRACKLE!  Look at that talent, before they became famous!  Mark Hamill?!)

Which led to Batman, and the voice:

“He reprised his role as Batman on The Adventures of BatmanThe New Scooby-Doo MoviesSesame Street (1970), Super FriendsThe All-New Super Friends HourChallenge of the SuperFriendsThe World’s Greatest Super Friends and Super Friends.”

Sesame Street?!

So a quick seach led to, which explains Batman and Robin’s involvement with Sesame Street during the first season.

(An example can be found here)

The ad (seen on the left) mentions “The Man From Alphabet“, a film series proposed for the first season of Sesame Street.
The series starred the Man from Alphabet (played by Gary Owens), a bumbling spy in a trenchcoat who, with the help of a young paperboy called H.B., tried to catch the villainous Digby Dropout and his henchman Dunce using clues from H.B.’s “Alphabet Book.”
What’s the common thread?  Casey Kasem.
  • Shaggy
  • Robin (and others)
  • Alexander Cabot III
  • Sesame Street

What’s it all mean?  Nothing.  It was just one of those office conversations which doesn’t really go anywhere, yet keeps us from becoming office drones.


  1. Jim C says

    Strike that and reverse it, Torsten: Casey Kasem.

    I have to say, I was a bit disturbed the first time I saw Olan Soule in a live-acting role and put a face to the voice. He just didn’t look the part. (William Conrad as Matt Dillon, sure)

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