Friday, June 28, 2013

Did the Bears drive a Bus?

Did the Bears drive a Bus?   

The question of whether Yogi or Boo Boo drove at all might seem ridiculous, but only when you forget that cartoons and animation allow for such oddities; for example: 

- Rocky and Bullwinkle; one was sited as operating a hot-air balloon and the other, “Rocky”, flew around with jet-like propulsion streaming from his tail

- Wile E. Coyote of the Looney-Tunes “Roadrunner” was able to operate any vehicle Acme put-out, with or without actually reading the instructions 

- Woody Woodpecker, though a bird, was featured test-driving a hotrod (though the roar of the engine was actually a record player rigged-up under the hood)

How could cartoon characters—even the animal variety—have avoided some encounter with modern transportation of the same era? Well, in the simplest of answers, they could not; for nothing beats a high-speed, chase when behind the wheel or even rocketing far above the ground in the latest gizmo.

Oh, and these characters were no amateurs either.  Not like the much more recent SpongeBob, who can’t even pass the driver’s test; these characters, and in particular Wile Coyote, were much more adventurous and daring—sometimes to the point of defying death would what would realistically have done them in.    

But to the central question:  Did the bears drive a bus? 

They could have; for example, Yoo-hoo had a van and (recalling the previous article, “Did Boo Boo drink Yoohoo?”)  they could have been sponsored by the makers of this favorite, chocolate drink.    

But even if they did not drive a bus, or own a van, the bears could have thumbed a ride on the Mystery Machine. Imagine an episode where Yogi and Boo Boo find themselves swept-up in the crime-solving theme and setting of Scooby Doo; where the title could be: 

“Boo and Doo find a Clue”

So while free-riding, and possibly free-loading, Yogi and Boo Boo could help clean-up:  first, the case/crime at hand; then second, the cache of foodstuff that satisfy those continuous, craven appetites of Shaggy and Scooby. 

So in the next of this series, the title will be:  “Boo [and Doo] find a Clue”.  

H. Kirk Rainer was born in Atlanta Georgia, on June 16, 1961; at the present, and for the foreseeable future, he has made his home in Alabama

At this time in his life, Kirk is busy in the general direction of writing; both in training and in practicing this new found endeavor.   At the same time, he continues to ply his skills and education as an industrial engineer.

His writing is largely a reflection of his own experience through post-divorce and non-custodial life (around year 2000). To this purpose, he has gained much support and understanding from such organizations as:  the American Coalition for Fathers and Children (; Alabama Family Rights Association (; Protect Fathers' Right (; and allied resources.

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