Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Keep on Truckin'

When I saw this photo of Darby,

the words "keep on truckin'" popped into my head.

How many of you are old enough to remember the "keep on truckin'" craze?

The saying meant something along the lines of "stay with it; you're doing a good job."

Although the saying has it's roots in the 1920-1930 jazz scene, it really took off in the late 1960's when Robert Crumb created a one page comic with the title "Keep on Truckin.'"  I'd ignore copyright laws and copy the image here, but if Wikipedia is to believed, poor Mr. Crumb and his copyright have been violated enough, so I'll just send you to look here.

In addition to all those t-shirts, mugs and posters bearing the image and the saying,  there was a TV show by the name.  The show aired in 1975 and had an astonishingly short run -- 4 episodes -- if this write-up is to be believed.  Sounds like the best thing about the show is that Rod Serling was supposed to introduce each show, but died two weeks before the debut.  It sounds like he was lucky.

Born in 1943, it looks like Robert Crumb is, ahem, keepin' on truckin'.  

Shortly after I took the photo, Darby stopped truckin' and took a nap in the shade. 


Taryn said...

LOL! I was one of those copyright violaters. Shame on me! Funny, when I click your "Here" link to see the images....there's one of good ol' Wilson from his Similarities to Keep on Truckin post :-)

ronstew said...

I remember the tv show. I was too young (12) to know how bad it was, but I can still hear the theme song.

Now I have to go look for Wilson's picture.

Lois said...

Thanks for the stroll back to my teen years :-)....I had some of that stuff too, so very "must have". I love to watch my boyz when their walk is so,,,,purposeful..

scotsmad said...

SHE remembers the 'truckin' stage.

Looks like Darby is protecting the vegies.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Boo's Mom said...

Darn it, Taryn. I've gone to that link a couple of times trying to find Wilson, but he didn't show up! (I promise I didn't rip off your blog -- I honestly don't remember Wilson's Truckin' post.) Ronstew, isn't it funny how tunes stick with us? Daisy, Darby does LOOK like she is protecting the veggies, but the reality is that she has already stolen two almost-ripe tomatoes and scarfed them right down!

Taryn said...

I didn't call my blog post by the Keep on Truckin title, so no worries. It was this post: http://cardiganshirecorgis.blogspot.com/2011/12/similarities.html , but I did use the image. Naughty me!