Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Chris Hayward, Adieu

Since few have mentioned Mr. Hayward's passing, I'll do it here.

Chris Hayward wrote some of the most ground-breaking television animation ever. He wrote Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, Fractured Flickers and others for Jay Ward in the late fifties and early sixties, then went on to write memorable live action sitcoms.

But it's the Ward shows that I remember, and that I remember laughing hysterically at when I was eleven, twelve and thirteen. It's a long way back through misty memory, but those half-hours had a big impact on me and other boomers of the fifties and sixties. To give that much pleasure to that many adolescents isn't a half-bad legacy.


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