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Co creator of the 1960′s cartoon, Underdog and writer of it’s beloved theme song has died at age 85.
RIP Mr Biggers!
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It sometimes seems like I spend half my waking hours looking for my car keys or wallet but for some reason, the theme songs to 1960′s cartoons are indelibly etched in my memory banks. A legacy I inherited from my father, who would entertain us by reciting theme songs to the old radio programs of his youth.
One funny incident surrounding said theme song. I was a young art student studying landscape painting in France. Most of the students were from Parsons in New York, but one student was apparently the daughter of a French aristocrat, complete with a title and a castle. In appreciation for accepting his daughter into the fold of artists traipsing around the countryside, he graciously hosted an elaborate dinner party for the entire group.
The wine was flowing liberally when our host asks if we Americans could grace them with songs of our country. In what I am sure was an attempt to embarrass me, my good friend Michael D. makes an announcement that Larry would like to sing a song. The wine got the better of me as I broke right into a drunken rendition of the theme song to Underdog. Our hosts smiled graciously in spite of how wildly inappropriate it was for the occasion.
RIP Mr. Biggers and thanks for the memory.
Great story i knew you couldnt let this one pass by
RIP! That’s my favorite theme song of all time!
RIP. Thanks Mr. Biggers. The Underdog theme has certainly entertained our family for quite some years!!
Still does, right Larry….
It does indeed.