Can you believe Scooby Doo, will turn 45 on September 13? That's 315 in dog years! But even at his ripe old age, this dog doesn't show any signs of slowing down. The first episode of "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?" aired in 1969 and the series ran for two years. In the decades that followed, ten more Scooby series aired on various networks. Now Scooby has his own web site, his own video game and Comedy Central plans to pick up the pooch with their new series, "Be Cool, Scooby Doo," scheduled to air in 2015.
Scooby and his beatnik buddy, Shaggy made up one of the silliest cartoon duos on TV with their goofy jokes, which only they laughed at, and the crazy faces they made when they unexpectedly ran into -- and from -- a "supernatural" enemy. Scooby, whose fear of ghosts or anything else was promptly cured with a Scooby Snack, always had a way of helping the kids of Mystery Inc. solve cases by bungling his way through -- with a little help from Shaggy.
With Scooby's big day coming up, I just had to go back and watch a few episodes, beginning, of course, at the beginning with Scooby's "birthday" episode, "What a Night for A Knight." I think I laughed even more than I did when I watched the crazy canine and his pals for the first time. Those old cartoons are still hilarious and Shaggy's beat-speak, the flower-power van and the kids' retro fashions transported me right back to the sixties. All the more reason to wish our favorite Great Dane Detective a happy birthday filled with Scooby Snacks and cases to crack!