Scooby-Doo co-creator Ken Spears, who set the Mystery Machine in motion, dies at 82

While the money heads talk about who’s buying who, this is the psychedelic news that matters this week.

Any child of the late 60’s and 70’s worth their salt will have been introduced  psychedelic culture via the wonderful world of Scooby Doo.

We’re very sad to hear of Ken Spears passing.

The Seattle Times reports

Over the next few years he participated in nearly every aspect of cartoon production, including music, sound effects, editing and writing. He also began a lasting creative partnership with his colleague Joe Ruby, with whom he created a mystery and comedy series involving four teenage detectives, a cowardly Great Dane and a psychedelic van called the Mystery Machine.

“We were worried it wouldn’t last but one season, much less 38 years,” Spears later said. “It was up against ‘The Hardy Boys’ on NBC and we thought we’d get clobbered in the ratings.”

Instead, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” became a pop-culture phenomenon, premiering on CBS in 1969 and remaining on-screen in one form or another for the next five decades. Scooby-Doo characters appeared in more than a dozen television series and two live-action films, and were licensed for underwear, dog biscuits, action figures and fruit snacks.

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