Leave it to fromage enthusiast and esteemed blogging colleague Elisson to jog my memory about leaving off one of the most important personages in show bidness off today’s birthday list—that Oscar-winning rabbit, Bugs Bunny, turns seventy today. As “the Obi-Wan Kenobi of Georgia” so rightly points out, the official Bugs cartoon A Wild Hare (1940) premiered in theaters on this date back in 1940.
To say that Bugs Bunny is my favorite cartoon character would be a mild understatement. That “varmint” taught me a healthy disrespect for authority and that being a smartass would reap the benefit of appreciative laughter. My fondest Bugs memory is watching his cartoons on television as a child because if my grandfather came into the room when they were on he would sit down beside me and join in the merriment. To me, that was the coolest thing imaginable—that an adult would take the opportunity to want to share something in “my world” when most of the time they were busy concentrating on “grownup” stuff.
I’ll cut you a slice of cake today, Bugs old pal—it’s carrot cake, which I’m guessing is your favorite.