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Why Animation on TCM is Important

Regular readers to this site are well aware by now that I’ll be part of a six-hour presentation of classic animation on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) this Sunday night (Oct. 21st beginning 8pm EST/5pm PST). For more information on the evening, see this Facebook page or

This programming stunt is a big deal, but it’s not about me being on TV or whether-or-not the films are restored with their original logos. It’s bigger than that for those who care about animation history – and its important for the entire animation community.

Classic animated films have no outlet in today’s media. Those of us of a certain age may recall seeing classic cartoons in movie theaters. Many of us grew up watching the entire history of Hollywood cartoons on television. Today, except for a few random showings at a festival, museum or repertory theatre, you’d be lucky to find Tom & Jerry or Looney Tunes buried within a block of kidvid. Look even harder and you might find Mr. Magoo and the Fox & Crow (but you gotta look real hard).

Mighty Mouse, Woody Woodpecker, Popeye, Betty Boop, or the works of Tex Avery are no longer there. Don’t even think of seeking out Flip the Frog, Oswald Rabbit, Felix The Cat or Molly Moo Cow. Disney shorts with Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck are rarer than Clara Cluck’s teeth. Let me repeat, there is no outlet for classic animation in the traditional media. Sure, you can find much on You Tube, or buy the DVDs… but you have to know what you’re looking for. As a teacher of animation history (at Woodbury University in Burbank), take it from me – the younger generation does not know who Winsor McCay is. Otto Messmer? Dave Fleischer? John Hubley? These names are lost on most animation students under 20 – and to the public at large under 30. There is just no exposure to this material.

Classic TV has several channels devoted to it. Ancient game shows and soap operas have a berth on cable. Animation has a place only on kids and pre-school channels or in prime-time series on Fox, Adult Swim and occasionally elsewhere. Turner Classic Movies is one of the treasures of the media landscape. They show the best (and worst, and everything in between) of classic Hollywood (and foreign) film. They do not run commercials – and thus do not subscribe to ratings services. They are practically a cultural gift from Turner Broadcasting and their parent company, Warner Bros.

The six hour spotlight on classic animation coming this weekend is a test. Will TCM’s traditional viewers respect and understand these are classic films? I’m betting they will. As far as I’m concerned, animated shorts and features – especially those produced for theatrical showing – from 1906 to umm, let’s say 1970 – are “classic film”. They are not “old kids fodder” – which is how they are perceived by their parent companies. They do not get the proper respect they deserve. The TCM broadcast is a rare opportunity for the medium; a great place to expose more people to the art, entertainment and legacy of animation.

I want to see TCM do this again. In fact, I’d like to see a regular place for vintage animation on the channel. Because TCM doesn’t read ratings, the only way they monitor feedback from their viewers is by response on their forum pages – or in written letters. I guess I’m urging you to send them a note, drop them a line; let TCM know you appreciate the telecast of these rare animation gems – and you’d like to see more.

It’s important – and it’s up to you.

UPDATE: In case you missed them, here are my TCM host segments, posted on You Tube.
  • Boomerang is a decent home to classic cartoons, it was once the HOME of classic cartoons but now it’s more of a beach house for Cartoon Network shows from the 90’s with the classics only on late at night or early in the morning, and whoever programs the channel doesn’t know what they’re doing! Honeyland is by FAR my favorite MGM cartoon, but they’ve played it at least 8 times in the past three months, and that’s only the rare occasions I get to be home to watch it!

    I’m hoping this works and TCM plays more classic cartoons. I have a three month old son who I plan to raise on the classics (while, of course, letting him watch current shows so he can stay hip to the times). He already smiles and laughs whenever Top Cat comes on, that’s the best joy this dad has ever felt.

  • When will people put this on livestream!

  • I agree that it’s a problem Jerry, but it doesn’t help matters when the younger generations (especially those born post 2000) tend to watch more and more content online.

    The problem is once you go online, you’re competing against a heck of a lot more options than even the best cable/satellite option. Established players are only beginning to realise the impact of this.

    That’s the real dilemma; how do you convince young folks to watch the older stuff that IS online (or anywhere for that matter) as opposed to the newest and flashiest web series from God-knows-who.

  • Tony Ginorio

    I remember back in the 1980s when Looney Tunes were in every other station; when the Disney Channel truly was the Disney Channel, and all their classic shorts, films and TV shows ran uninterrupted; when channels like HBO, A&E and Bravo ran the best independent shorts available, and Showtime even showed the Hubley films for a time. Television used to be more diverse in its programming; now it’s all infomercials and reality shows. I like to believe that the public is smarter than television executives give them credit for, and would be appreciative of classic animation, and may even find them more satisfying than most of what’s currently running today.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      You would think they would too, but I guess most don’t want to take that next step when they feel safer being where they are now.

    • beamish13

      MTV and Nickelodeon also introduced viewers to many independent animators. I miss those days.

  • That’s terrible. Animation Students not knowing who Winsor mccay is. Should be ashamed.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I knew of Winsor McCay when I was in grade school!

    • Concerned Observer

      Daryl thanks for being in the minority of people that still see merit and charm in the classics. I’ve seen people particularly the younger group of kids on here stereotype the Golden Age as being a series of redundant short-subjects, starring worn out anthropomorphic characters who have passed their prime. To many different people these films have no business being discussed among truly great films that to them are living up to animations potential. A lot of people including animation students, allow the vicious gossip that has emerged from the classical era to determine their ageist attitudes and opinions. Without judging the films merits firsthand, they allow naive assumptions of others to speak for their beliefs. A lot of today’s industries main objective, is trying to have animation escape the stigma of being perceived as a children’s medium. They perceive the Golden Age as a hindrance and a roadblock to that goal, instead of wanting to use it as a tool to enhance their work. When one look at the Golden Age proves to be contrary to many of those talking points, of wanting to escape certain stereotypes of being perceived as a children’s medium. Much of Classical Animation is for a much broader demographic than much of what is being produced today. Back in the Depression and an in the era of theatricals, studios didn’t pre-determine who they were going to market these films to. There was no audience segmentation for certain groups back in these days. The classics have since received a reputation as having no desirable value or merit, this gossip was started by a few, and unfortunately what was once a minority opinion speaks for an entire generation of youngster’s. If you just look at the cold reception from the Popeye Thread, and how many of Genddy’s fans didn’t cheer him on or were appalled with him aligning himself with a classical character, you’ll notice how many people regard the past. Heimreich Kley who was a major influence of Fantasia, one Disney’s finest hours had a thread dedicated to him that got under six comments. While cartoons that are trending or are considered relevant can receive comments into the hundreds. Not everyone in this medium can be as informed historically as John Kricfalusi, Ray Pointer, or John Canemaker. Though it would at least be noble of the industry to take some incentive in trying to turn back the pages of the industries rich history.

      • Concerned Observer

        Sorry for some of the typos. I’d like to clarify some of my points. There is a serious problem among today’s industry is that they have this warped belief that the classics have no place being compared to what people perceive as being true animated films that are living up to the mediums potential. Without analyzing the films there are already stereotypes about these formerly beloved films. I use the word formerly because younger animators and even some established veterans who are older, are much more apathetic and sour about these films, as Sam Henderson debated in his very thoughtful and well summarized comment.

        Much of the prejudice and lack of gratitude for the classics stems from minority opinions that began with forums, blogger’s, and also executives attitudes towards the classics and unfortunately has spread and now speaks for many especially the animated youth. Because today’s younger demographic, are suckers for social media they’ll develop a lot of their opinions from what is exhibited on these blogs, and forums even though that gives us a fraction of the actual information concerning the classics. I cite social media as part of the culprit to your problem Jerry. A lot of these kids opinions are developed from the sheltered environment of the online communities, were they enter forums where their opinions are condoned not called upon. It gives them little insight to what was produced before their time.

        Other reasons for prejudice are because, much of today’s mentality stems from the fact that many insiders want to escape the stigma of our medium being perceived as a children’s medium. Naive about how the classics manage to accomplish that objective. As their was no audience segmenting back then, and people like Leon Schlesinger, Fred Quimby, Fleischer, and Disney didn’t pre-determine who they were going to market these films towards, and broadened their outlook to almost any demographic.

        • I think it’s a little foolhardy to expect kids today to understand classic cartoons. It’s not a matter of them being raised to be ignorant of the past…kids want and need animated content that’s going to speak to them now in their own generation, not what was more important in their parents or grandparents generation. They’re dealing with their own growing bodies and hormones. It’s true, most kids pick up on the opinions they hear from social media and use them to form their own opinions. But that’s totally normal. They do it like we all did as kids when we were trying to find our own voice in this world. The majority of us here as adults may not always understand what kids see in cartoons that are made today, and I don’t always understand either. But the cartoons of today are talking to their own generation. If a kid says Adventure Time is better than watching a black and white Fleischier cartoon…well, call me a blasphemer, but they’re right. It is better for them. They understand cartoons today in their own way. One day when they are older and find their own sense of individuality, we can hope some of those individuals will discover and appreciate those great cartoons and films of the past.
          A lot of us who grew up in the 80’s remember when they were still playing classic Disney, Warner, and Hanna Barbara cartoons on TV. Every morning before I went to school, on the Disney Channel at 7am there used to be a show called “Good Morning, Mickey”, which I watched that played a half hour of classic Mickey/Donald/Goofy shorts every day. We were lucky to be exposed to those older cartoons, but we have to remember that times were like that because there wasn’t that much new animated content as opposed to today. I don’t know how many cartoon channels there are now, not to mention online content and web series. It seems only fitting that there should also be a channel designed specifically for classic animation: a cartoon TCM channel of some sort. But it was a different time for all of us. We have to remember now that the cartoons of the past have served their purpose to society, but what’s important now is finding an outlet for these classic cartoons for the sake of historical value, just like TCM is for classic movies. It’s true that the majority of its viewers will probably be people in that niche who collect films, are filmmakers, or are fans of classic films in general, and appreciate what they used to represent. Especially those people who want to be filmmakers, who really need a place they can go to watch all these films and learn from them. But I also think its a bit of a naive attitude to say that the classic films of the past are always “better” (doing that denies you the openness for excepting anything that’s new). But we appreciate them within the context and the time from which they were made.

          I remember as a kid when the Disney “animation renaissance” took place with films like Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, etc., for awhile I thought those films were better than the old Disney stuff. Of course, I didn’t understand the level of craftsmanship and sophistication of the films made during Uncle Walt’s time, and who people like Milt Kahl or Frank and Ollie were. But the newer stuff was just more important to me. On top of that its not only what spoke to me, but I would not have dedicated my life to becoming an animator if it wasn’t for newer animation, which would not have lead me to discovering more of the great relics of the past.

          I appreciate guys like John K. and animation historians who try to show the value and importance of the classics especially in terms of the far more sophisticated designs of those cartoons. But those guys who grew up in the 60’s had their share of crap cartoons too, so I think 80’s and 90’s and 00’s kids can be forgiven for liking the crap stuff they got as well! If kids today don’t understand the meaning behind these older cartoons, its okay. And it’s excusable…even if they’re caught up in their own buzzing world of social media and liking something because its what everyone else likes. It’s the way it should be. If we had more social media back in our time we’d be doing the same thing they’re doing. They’re not supposed to understand right now. A new generation calls for a newer kind of storytelling.

          And btw, if an animation student doesn’t know who Windsor McKay is, it’s no big deal and its not their fault. It really should be the responsibility of the school they’re studying at to teach them about the old masters. An Animation History course should be essential at any and all university that teaches animation. If they’re exposed to the classics by the right people, those students will come to learn and understand who these people are, appreciate what they did, and learn from their accomplishments.

          The moment an individual is ready is the moment they will learn to have an appreciation of the past…not to live in it, but instead to gain a better understanding of the world they live in now.

          • Concerned Observer

            Very very thoughtful Mike, people like you give me hope that these kids views are just a phase that they will outgrow. Though Jerry’s right about one thing, what applies to their generation is only half of it.

            The lack of exposure and social media is also determining their outlook on the past. The other issue Mike which I’m sure your aware of but many of these kids want to escape the stigma of animation being perceived as a children’s medium. That’s noble but you have to point blame at the right group of films as the classics were the furthest thing from that.

            Because their was no audience segmentation when producing these films, back in those days. Though I see your point, what really should be appreciated about your comment, is that neither generation of work is automatically better than the other. Its just what resonates with a certain demographic of people. What I’m hoping is that once they outgrow this phase their prejudices for the classics will cease.

          • Concerned Observer: RE: your most recent post…

            Points well taken, ‘Concerned’. I think the one thing we can be thankful for at least is that kids are still watching cartoons in general. It’s not a matter of them having a prejudice about it or that social media is taking over everything. They’re just…being kids. When you’re that age you want to be updated on everything that’s technological and current. Today just about everything is happening for them on the internet. Just about anything they could ever want to watch is at their disposal. Right now kids are busy keeping up with their friends and their social circles and whatever it is they’re into at the current moment. It’s just as it was with movies, video games, etc. anything that was going on in pop culture when we were growing up. There’s the toy every kid MUST have! The movie every kid MUST see! And you and I both know of course that, yes, this a just a phase, and of course they’ll grow out of it. It’s called growing up. When they reach adulthood they’ll settle down and smell the roses. Those who do discover the classics when they’re older…there are millions upon millions of kids around the world. At least one of them is bound to fall in love with these classic cartoons when they’re finally exposed to them, and because of that there will still be cartoon historians like Jerry Beck to keep these classics alive. They may not have the lasting popularity that they enjoyed for so long but I think that’s okay. There will be a place for classic cartoons regardless. Everything is so segragated now that pretty soon everything you ever want to watch will be there at the push of a button. There are still important aspects like keeping these films preserved and alive for future generations to follow….at least for the need to keep documented history alive, even when its in the form of a movie story, its still a document of what was happening currently in that time. These films are great. They are wonderful, and some will always be immortal classics. But having entered the realm of classics, they have already served their purpose to society. If anything the messages of these films will be passed along through the voices of a new generation of filmmakers. And those historians/gatekeepers will be there to keep the knowledge of these old films and their creators alive. There’s no need to get angst ridden or troubled that these films aren’t readily accepted by a newer generation. There shouldn’t have to be “pointing blame” over why these films aren’t being known when studios/businesses are trying to keep up with the modern day, and new generations are just being part of the evolving human society. I am all for this TCM broadcast and the preservation of great classic films, because there are some incredible, amazing films out there (live action and animated) that very few people know about now. And if some people from a younger generation doesn’t want to seek them out…so what. The goal isn’t about whether new audiences will continue to watch these films, because now that there’s so much segregation in media there will be a certain groups who become enthusiasts for these classic films. But also that these films continue to survive as a part of documenting history…and also as material for future artists and filmmakers to study to know where they’re art form of film has come from so they can continue to develop it and take it in new directions. Anyone else who doesn’t understand the significance of these films…well, they’re entitled to other interests. Call me a total naive optimist…but there will always be people around who will cherish these films. And as long as there are those who will continue to protect and aid in their survival, they will last for many more generations to come.

  • Amen, Jerry! Not only am I planning on tuning in Sunday, but I’m encouraging all of my friends to write TCM and let them know how great this programming is. As a 26 year-old, it bothers me that none of my contemporaries know what I’m talking about anytime I venture away from anything beyond Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. Hopefully this will help them see that there is so much other great animation out there.

  • James

    Is this really an animation-exclusive problem? The majority of people I know could not name Errol Flynn, John Wayne, James Cagney or the films that they were in. I would say the handful of live-action names people know from this era are the same as animation. People know a few figures like Chaplin, Monroe and Sinatra in the way they know Disney, Chuck Jones or Hanna-Barbera. This is just a natural and inevitable result of age, not a bias against animation.

  • Sam Henderson

    I’ve worked for a few animation companies and there are many people there (including those with authority) that didn’t even know what they grew up with was done in the 40s and 50s or originally shown in theatres. I predict in 20 years some of them won’t even know they were originally cartoons.

  • If this is successful, TCM should create a sister channel devoted to classic animation. Turner Classic Animation or something.

    • Have interviews with guys like Eric Goldberg/ John K., etc. spotlight all these great animators to give commentary on these classic cartoons.

      • James

        John K should definitely host a cartoon evening/program. That would be hysterical.

        • Lol James
          “TCM presents: John K’s Goddamn Cartoon Program”
          I’d watch that. ;)

    • dbenson

      That would be a tough sell, considering the kiddie show stigma still attached to animation. My own somewhat broader fantasy is a network combining all the classic non-feature material; animation, two-reelers, musical shorts, newsreels . . . Sort of a TCM for ADD generation.

    • Mac

      At least extend the Jr. Essentials thing year long,maybe offering it earlier on Sunday and letting TCM’s prime time do its thing.Animation could take up about 10% and still give plenty of room forlive action family fare.There are tons of non-Disney animation that only get seen by the masses on dollar store DVDs or youtube.

  • George Delmerico

    Classics are disappearing from broadcast, it’s sad but true. And yet Turner and WB still see fit to CENSOR the famous dirty dozen WB cartoons. From ANY medium.

  • I have added my enthusiastic comments and kudos to the Rare Animation TCM message thread. I will be plugging this special show to all of my animation history students this week and asking them to add their comments to the message board, too. Thanks so much Jerry for being an essential part of this essential TCM animation program!

  • Andrew Hunn

    I’ve been shocked for so long that with all these cable channels and airtime to fill that no one even bothers to show the classic cartoons that were used for that very purpose for decades! TCM is the perfect home for classic animation; I’d even be happy with some short compilations in the wee hours of the morning. The programmers at TCM are awesome at picking old nuggets of one sort or another for show. Let them have some animation already! I’ve already set me DVR for Sunday night!

  • Anthony D.

    I hope this suceeds. If it does, hopefully we’ll see animation on TCM wheather it’s shorts or feature films. I’m tired of seeing worned-out transfers of Looney Tunes, I’m tired of seeing the short Have A Laugh! versions of Disney shorts (the upside to that however is that Disney is remastering shorts better than the Disney Treasures counterparts including Donald’s Tire Trouble)., tired of not seeing DePatie-Freleng, Walter Lantz, and Columbia/UPA cartoons on TV (due to the Cablevision/Tribune disput, I can’t watch Atenna TV for the time being!). Imagine the possibilities for animation on TCM; marathons, fillers, and special events (including Mickey’s 85th birthday next year). If I know us fans, we’ll tune in. I have to watch my favorite shows on Fox Sunday unfortunately, but I’ll tune in during the commercials for sure! Best of luck to this, Jerry. :)

  • Kevin Martinez

    This sunday will be epic. Definitely going to be present. Kudos to Tom and Jerry (not the cat and mouse team mind, the historians)

    TCM had its own animated anthology, Cartoon Alley, a while ago, but it was too short, infrequent and limited in scope to really serve as a long-term venue for cartoons.

    I’d like to see them attempt something a bit more substantial; maybe an hour-long block on weekdays.


    Jerry, I can’t stress how much I have long thought about this. The cartoons ARE fading away. There truly is no outlet for them. Whenever I see an upcoming classic ‘toon set like “Mouse Chronicles,” or anything from Thunderbean, I”ll usually try to buy two copies, just to show my support. I’ve told a few people/friends at work about this upcoming weekend, and they just kinda looked at me curiously. I mentioned “Gulliver;s Travels,” and a few seemed interested. So we will see!

  • Vik

    I know that TCM has recently lost a lot of viewers when Comcast moved TCM up a tier in their channel lineup. TCM is no longer “free.” It costs you an additional $10 a month for the next higher tier of channels in order to get TCM and no one I know was willing to pay an extra $10 a month just for TCM.

  • Seth Deitch

    I would like to see TCM start programing films like theatrical programs. A cartoon, a short subject, a feature and sometimes perhaps a shorter “B” feature and a few trailers.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I’d love to see that Seth!

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  • Tyler

    Dropped TCM a message via their website. Thanks for this Jerry! I’ll be tuning in!

    Also: 18 year-olds who know of Winsor McCay exist!

    • Swami

      I’m 14 and I almost had a heart attack when I found a Winsor McCay book in the manga section of the high school library!

  • Brad

    I think TCM is a wonderful channel, it’s like AMC was back in the 90s, except even better. But I am no longer nor am I ever going to be a cable subscriber. I would gladly pay $10, $20, even $30 a month directly to TCM just to stream their channel, but I am not going to prop up ESPN and 50 worthless reality, shopping and foreign language channels for the privilege. I have long noticed the dearth of classic animation on TV, which used to be present everywhere. It really belongs on local broadcast channels where it used to be, in morning and afternoon blocks and on weekends. However a dedicated block on TCM would be wonderful, even I can’t view it. All I can do now is buy the DVDs, recreate the magic for myself, and maybe share the classics with a child once in a while.

    • joe

      I got sick of cable and the prices over a year ago. I’d be all over any streaming option, but TCM seems like they are too much of a niche audience…much of their audience is likely old farts who aren’t internet viewers.

  • At the VERY least: TCM ought to create a FREE Roku channel of all the classic animation that have in their library.

  • great job jerry. watching gulliver as i write this.

  • Luke

    Mister Beck,
    Hi there! I’m a dedicated follower of Cartoon Brew, and I had to comment on this post. I’m only 12, but I adore classic animation. I don’t even necessarily mean the post-40’s work, but earlier. When I was tiny, I was brought up by Betty and Bimbo, Felix, and early Disney. This fostering has brought me to McCay, Bray, and Blackton; and I’m glad it has! I love TCM too, and when I heard they were doing this, I was ecstatic! And as for the Internet, I use it a lot for the purposes you spoke of: Animation! I just downloaded the “Gasoline Trail” cartoon off of the Internet Archive. I thought I might post this to let you know my entire generation isn’t completely hopeless!

    • Good for you, man. I hope you get to show your friends, and hopefully they’ll have an appreciation for these cartoons as well. Keep the spirit alive! :)

  • Gotta say that I’m really happy about this marathon. Learning so much about early animation from watching these shorts. I didn’t even know that Van Beuren and James Stuart Blackton existed. Makes me realize how little I really know about the early history of animation…and how much I really want to learn about it. Here’s hoping this is a success, and we get more cartoons on TCM. (On a side note, also hoping that Boomerang cleans up its act in regards to old cartoons. That channel is running on auto-pilot, it seems.)

  • Katleen Vaughn

    I was so pleased that TCM dedicated an evening to vintage animated shorts and cartoons…..I got comfortable to watch…and the…fell asleep…AAAARRRGGHH!….I hope TCM tries this again. I grew up on Merry Melodies, Popeye, Silly Symphonies…mainly cartoons from the 30’s and 40’s. I’ve been able to purchase some DVD’s of vintage cartoons. I have to really appreciate all of the work involved in making these cartoons, all before computer generated images. Please show more again….thank you.

  • Marshall Leslie

    I hardly watch TV at all these days, but when I saw the lineup for last night’s schedule on TCM I absolutely had to watch. I had heard of the likes of Mr. Bug and Prince Achmed, but I hadn’t actually seen any of them. Mr. Bug in particular is probably one of the most likeable animated films I’ve seen, and easily stands up to Disney fare of the time; surpasses them, even! The fact that such a brilliant film has been largely forgotten is an absolute crime. Maybe this will have the same kind of effect that TCM’s Ghibli showcase had, and bring some much-deserved recognition to these excellent examples of the medium.

  • Loved the special. Such a treat! The cartoons were fantastic and I couldn’t get away from the t.v. There seem to be an abundance of cartoons today, but very few I can stomach. The ones I saw last night put today’s cartoons to shame.

  • The only reason that the young generation is not understanding of the power of the classics is simply because of lack of exposure. I’m in my mid-30’s and I grew up coming home watching The Three Stooges, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, The Adams Family, etc. NONE of these were made in my generation, but I adored them. They are classic for a reason. They never go out of style, if they’re given the exposure! I’m hoping for a time when it becomes a part of pop culture again!

  • James Fox

    I have a sad feeling TCM won’t reprise this
    as TCM only cares about films that feature Cary Grant and other films they love to rotate

    unless we expand our demand, seeing classing animation once again will never be

  • I went and posted on the support board. I said it in all caps with lots of exclamation points so they’d know I was serious! (No, I used complete sentences with syntax and stuff. And just a few caps.)
    I’ve also done my best to corrupt the younger generation. The “Art Ambassador” program I help with took my suggestion to teach units on Winsor McCay and Walt Disney, and the students really enjoyed making the two-step curl-ups (more instant gratification than flip books).
    It’s late, so I didn’t read all comments, but if there’s any way you can plant this story at bOINGbOING, you might be able to increase the buzz level some.

  • ps: You looked great, Jerry!