Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Yvonne De Carlo (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

My favorite vampire character (Lily on the television series The Munsters) has died at age 84.

Born Peggy Yvonne Middleton here in Vancouver, she was immortalized in 1956 when she starred opposite Charlton Heston as Sephora, Moses's wife, in The Ten Commandments. You might want to see that one just for her. Wow.

Also Iwao Takamoto, the animator who created the beloved Scooby-Doo and directed the cartoon classic Charlotte's Web, has died. He was 81.

For more than sixty years, Takamoto assisted in the designs of some of the biggest animated features and television shows for Disney and the Hanna-Barbera animation team. They included Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, The Jetsons and The Flintstones.

But it was his creation of Scooby-Doo, the cowardly dog with an adventurous heart, that captivated audiences and endured for generations.

Takamoto also created other famous cartoon dogs such as Astro from The Jetsons and Muttley, the mixed-breed that appeared in several Hanna-Barbera animations. He also directed the 1973 feature Charlotte's Web.

...oh ya and we had the 14th storm of the season, and more snow too. Global roasting.