Jeff Jonas, an artist at Sony Online Entertainment and the the son of Golden Age animation artist Homer Jonas, has written some hilarious memories of working as a Hanna-Barbera copy boy in the 1970s when he was still a teenager. He offers a disclaimer in the piece:
Sorry these reminiscences are not politically correct, but the world was not PC back then. They smoked and swore and cursed. Some of the tough gals would call me Homer’s puppy, they said I needed a collar and leash…. all this through the cigarette smoke. Yikes… run away!
Still, I’d take Seventies H-B any day over the gloomy corporate boardroom vibe of contemporary LA animation studios. I can’t remember the last time I visited a studio in LA where I didn’t leave feeling depressed and blue.