Iwao Takamoto, the creator of Scooby-Doo and Muttley, died at age 81. As a mystery writer, I have to say, Scooby was the first true "mystery" I ever encountered -- even before The Hardy Boys and Agatha Christie. It was an easy first crush (I was hot for both Daphne AND Velma, explain that), and that episode where they met Batman and Robin? That's as gold as mint Mego toys.
So let's raise a Scooby snack to one of the true greats.
And I didn't even know he created Muttley. Catch The Pigeon was a HUGE favorite of mine. And I sadly rooted against the pigeon every time.
Thanks, Mr. Takamoto.