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Classic Toon Creator Harvey Bullock Dies

Writer/producer Harvey Bullock, who penned scripts for such classic animated series as The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Top Cat, passed away at the age of 84 on April 24 in Laguna Beach, Calif. Bullock was also the co-creator of the cutting-edge 1972 Hanna-Barbara cartoon show, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home.

In addition to scripting for Hanna-Barbara, Bullock and writing partner Ray Allen contributed to the 1969 NBC series My World and Welcome to It, which combined live actors with animated sets and characters sprung from the mind of New Yorker humorist James Thurber.

Bullock and Allen began working together in radio and went on write for such popular and enduring series as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Danny Thomas Show, I Spy, Gomer Pyle, USMC and The Andy Griffith Show. The two would later create, exec produce and write Wait Tiil Your Father Gets Home, which played like an animated version of All in the Family.

Wait Till Your Father Gets Home featured Happy Days star Tom Bosley as the voice of restaurant manager Harry Boyle, who was constantly at odds with his wife and liberally-minded children. The more adult-targeted series lasted two seasons in syndication.

The show Papa and Me earned Bullock and Allen an Emmy nomination in 1976. Bullock also wrote screenplays for such feature films as Girl Happy, With Six You Get Eggroll and Who’s Minding the Mint. He is survived by his wifem Betty, his four children and three grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Duke University Marching Band, Office of Gift Planning, Duke University, 2127 Campus Drive, Box 90606, Durham, NC 2770.

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