Friday, September 29, 2017

Dear Abby - Famous TV Dogs: Astro from The Jetsons

Dear Friends,

I have a fun cartoon dog to introduce you to today.  The Jetsons was an animated TV show that ran from 1962 - 1963.  It was produced by Hanna-Barbera.  Astro was a Great Dane who lived with The Jetsons family.  The Jetson family consisted of parents George and Jane Jetson, their children Judy and Elroy, and their dog Astro.  In the show, Astro was originally owned by a wealthy man named Mr. J.P. Gottrockets.  At the end of each episode, George is shown walking Astro on an automatic dog walker (treadmill) outside their apartment.   The dog walker goes too fast and George always says, "Jane, stop this crazy thing!"


The character of Astro was voiced by actor Don Messick.  Astro actually talked, and inserted many extra "R's" in his sentences.  For instance, when he wanted to tell George Jetson that he loved him, he would say "I ruv roo, Reorge."  (Later, Scooby Doo, another famous Hanna-Barbera dog, would have a similar style of speech.)  Astro's famous phrase was "Ruh-roh!"

Like other famous TV dogs, Astro appeared on some fun products, including a board game:

A Little Golden Book:

... and a lunch box:

Here is a clip of The Jetsons.  George Jetson dresses up as a burglar to see if Astro is a good watch dog.  And, of course, he is!


Do you remember Astro from The Jetsons?   This was one of my Momma's favorite cartoon shows when she was a little girl.  (She saw it in later reruns.)   I would love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Love,

Abby xoxoxo 


Book Review - The Sweet Life by Sharon Struth

Book Synopsis
In Italy, the best attractions are always off the beaten path. . .
 
Mamie Weber doesn’t know why she survived that terrible car accident five years ago. Physically, she has only a slight reminder—but emotionally, the pain is still fresh. Deep down she knows her husband would have wanted her to embrace life again. Now she has an opportunity to do just that, spending two weeks in Tuscany reviewing a tour company for her employer’s popular travel guide series. The warmth of the sun, the centuries-old art, a villa on the Umbrian border—it could be just the adventure she needs.

But with adventure comes the unexpected . . . like discovering that her entire tour group is made up of aging ex-hippies reminiscing about their Woodstock days. Or finding herself drawn to the guide, Julian, who is secretly haunted by a tragedy of his own, and seems to disapprove any time she tries something remotely risky—like an impromptu scooter ride with a local man.

As they explore the hilltop towns of Tuscany, Mamie knows that when this blissful excursion is over, she’ll have to return to reality. But when you let yourself wander, life can take some interesting detours . . .

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My Review
The Sweet Life tells the story of Mamie Weber.   She is a young widow (39 years old) who lost her husband and daughter in a tragic car accident.   She has an unexpected opportunity to go to Italy for work as a travel writer.  There she joins a tour of older people who were at Woodstock together, and meets a charming man with a mysterious past named Julian.  

This is a really lovely read.  It is a gentle, sensitively told story of two grieving people who find an unexpected connection in a beautiful place.

The descriptions of Italy are beautiful!  I have never been there, and am more of an armchair traveler, but I loved reading the details of the tour group's travels, the fabulous food, and the adventures they had.  I especially enjoyed the way that Julian took Mamie to see some of the sites on little mini-tours, just the two of them.  The scene where they visited Michelangelo's David was magical!

I really liked Mamie and Julian as characters.  They were written with depth and dimension, and their connection was so beautifully handled.  I kept thinking this novel would make a great movie.  It has a cinematic quality that I liked.

I heartily recommend The Sweet Life for fans of women's fiction, well written romance, and novels with atmospheric settings.  

Author Bio
Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best first Book, and her Blue Moon Lake Novels include the bestseller, Share the Moon.

When she’s not working, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail, travel the world, and enjoy spending time with their precious pets and two grown daughters. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit www.sharonstruth.com or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle Ages & More.

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I received a copy of this book from TLC Blog Tours.