When I heard that there were two days in a row, celebrating subjects of interest
to me, I was determined to make a ‘big stretch’ and connect the dots. The first day
is based on an animated cartoon t.v. series about the future. It was shown awhile
back, where some of the inventions and special effects have come true. The second
day is one celebrating how we separate our words, making our sentences flow by
using special symbols to separate the words. I think this form of language is swiftly
diminishing, since so many people text, rather than email. While computer emails
have replaced fashioned letters. I am hard pressed to figure out how the celebration
of the first Jetson’s animated cartoon series and the subject of punctuation go together.
Traveling into the future with the Jetsons. . .
Happy September 23rd: Celebrating the Jetsons!
Today, September 23, 2014 is the 52nd Anniversary of the original premiere of the
futuristic, science fictionalized cartoon with child Elroy, dog Astro, the maid Rosie,
the teen-aged girl named Judy being raised by their parents, Jane and George Jetson.
Here are some interesting facts I found out about this cartoon television series. Did
you know the first two years of “The Jetsons” were shown during “prime time t.v.?”
During 1962 and 1963, this was shown after dinner, after the news during that coveted
time slot of “prime time.” The number of shows totaled 75 episodes and three full-length
feature films. While my children were babies, during the years of 1985-1987, additional
Jetsons cartoons were produced. They are syndicated and repeated over many years after
their original showings.
The cartoon series was based loosely on the family in the comic strip, “Blondie.” The father
is drawn tall, lanky and has a tyrant of a boss, named “Mr. Spacely.” Of course Dagwood
Bumstead had a cranky, short-tempered boss, too. I had not put these two together, so
there is another ‘connection,’ that will form a new impulse from one brain wave to another.
(Or one synapse to another!) The setting for the creative cartoon is an imaginary time in
the future, when there would be space vehicles from home to work, transportation, when
there woud be pollution, so there would be little outdoor activities, along with moving
sidewalks (glad we know we have those, at least) and robotic maids. (We have some
versions of automation that could resemble the work provided by Rosie.)
The Jetsons family lives in a place called, Skypad Apartments. Their city is called, “Orbit
City.” George’s workplace is called “Spacely’s Space Sprockets.” The apartment building
was designed to remind you of the Seattle Space Needle. There are vague references to
how one gets in and out of the atmosphere, which is supposed to have air pollution.
The people wear space helmets while transporting around the city and various other
buildings. You probably may remember George’s space vehicle turning into a brief-
In promotional information provided for the setting and relationships in the scripts,
the ages and some of the individual interests and details are given. This is something I
was not aware of, since I don’t think we knew their ages. The plots of the shows may
have revealed many of this, but my mind was intrigued with the idea of an actual
script and characteristics given for each character.
By the way, “T.V. Guide’s list of the 25 Greatest Science-Fiction Legends” considers
“The Jetsons” to be one of those famous influences and includes them in the top 25.
George is 40 years old, while going to work he wears a suit and tie, similar to some of
our fathers representing the period that the series was shown on television. Occasionally
at home, the family wears leisure suits that resemble jogging suits with some interesting
Jane’s outfits always seem very ‘hip’ with some points on her cuffs and shoulder pads.
Jane is given the age of 33 years old. She portrays an active homemaker participating in
clubs such as the Galaxy Women’s Historical Society. Jane’s details include liking and
enjoying artwork. Her favorite artists are “Leonardo de Venus” and “Picasso Pia.” Judy
is a ‘typical’ depiction of a teenager of 15 years old. She attends Orbit High School, likes
to shop, likes talking about clothes and is often on her telephone. There is a cool futuristic
‘digital’ diary she has; which reminds me of today’s cell phones and computers. Elroy
attends Little Dipper School. He is 6 1/2 years old and is studying some serious subjects.
He studies Space History, Astrophysics and Star Geometry. He enjoys playing with his dog,
Astro, who talks without his “r” sound.
Later during the 80’s additional series, there was an interesting creation of an alien, who
is named, “Orbitty.” Elroy’s playmate has spring-like legs since there were some robotics
involved in this guy who changes colors with his moods.
Moving on, possibly the way the world revolves. . .
to September 24, 2014.
Traveling into the distant past. . .
when punctuation was important to use. . .
This is the Tenth Anniversary of one of my personal favorite subjects:
Happy National Punctuation Day!
There is a man who was concerned about our nation’s ability to spell,
use proper grammar and punctuation. His name is Jeff Rubin. He has
had for some time, wanted people to let him know when they hear of
punctuation errors in their every day lives. He also wishes that the various
spokemen and women, along with newscasters, would be more aware of
their correct usage of these.
On 9/24/04, the first annual National Punctuation Day came about!
There is still an ongoing debate whether or not, Punctuation and even,
Spelling are current and relevant. Currently, with texting, few uses of
full sentences and other forms of communication, using ‘short-cuts,’
slang and abbreviations it may seem to be a ‘lost art.’ One that parents
and teachers alike, may just give up on!
But definitely not on September 24th!
Teachers usually like to be ‘sticklers’ for these since they were made to,
while young and in school. In college, there was a debate about the
Spelling book, whether lists to be memorized were worth the time and
sometimes crying children, who were just not born spellers. There are
a few natural spellers, a few natural history or social studies ‘geniuses,’
along with those who can understand all levels of mathematics, including
algebra and trigonometry. In each classroom, the strengths and weaknesses
are easily determined by testing, but sometimes figuring this out, may create
biases. We need to make all subjects of learning interesting and bring the
‘fascination’ back into each subject. Games can be played, along with other
means of making learning ‘hands on’ and more ‘experiential.’
One suggestion in Rubin’s request in how you may celebrate punctuation
is to get an old-fashioned newspaper and circle the punctuation forms, by
children. They may like taking a red crayon and circling all the commas, periods,
exclamation marks, colons and semi-colons. Adults may be excited to circle the
misspellings and the mistakes made in usage of punctuation.
I have seen misspellings in the schools listed on snow days and the political polls’
results shown below the television shows. I have heard poor grammar on t.v.
shows. It upsets me most when the newscasters use either poor grammar or
show a lack of understanding what they are reading on their teleprompter.
Mispronunciations occur across all levels of education, due to possibly lack
of using the dictionary and reading the way the words are supposed to be
The Huffington Post had a great article to celebrate this holiday last year,
9/24/13. It was called, “6 Common Punctuation Mistakes that Drive Us
Here they are with no details given here, I see that I am over my 1000
words again… This article had me laughing out loud, they composed a
funny article and you must try to look it up:
“1. The misused apostrophe.
2. The ubiquitous exclamation marks.
3. The crazy comma.
4. The misplaced semi-colon.
5. The quotation marks.
6. The blurring of ‘text talk’ with real writing.”
Okay, not going into how, but I am guilty of #s 2, 3 and 5.