keep your bow strung

keep your bow strung
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keep your bow strung

January 6, 2013
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The original Jonny Quest was the coolest and scariest thing on TV that Seven-Year-Old Me was allowed to watch.  At that time, I had never heard the term “science fiction”, and couldn’t have told you what that meant…  but it was something that, when I saw it, I liked better than I liked most other things.  I would eventually learn that, the more science-fictiony Jonny Quest got, the cooler it was.  Jonny Quest is a part of what helped me realize that there was a science fiction fan inside of me waiting to get out.  Which eventually led to a lifetime of reading science fiction — and also eventually led to Space Kid!

For Seven-Year-Old Me, the three coolest, best, and scariest episodes of Jonny Quest were The Robot Daddy-Longlegs, The Electricity Monster, and Turu the Pteranodon [not the actual episode titles! 😉 ].  Such a thrill anytime one of those would turn up in re-runs!  The wind-beasts of Mars are my tribue to Turu, and to JQ.  🙂

I urge you to check out this clip, which features the JQ opening and closing credits.  If you stay for the whole thing, you will hear one of the Best and Coolest Theme Songs Ever Written® — but you will also see three clips of Turu and hear its fearsome cry.  Cuz I want you to know: that is what these wind-beasts actually sound like!  😉


  1. Dellis January 6, 2013 12:36 am

    I watched them all at least twice and I remember. My favorite for many years.
    Although I always remember that sound of the turu as sounding more like it starts with Aw rather than an Sk.
    When we “played” JQ I always seemed to end up being Hadji.
    Nice flash to the past, thanks………now I have to start watching them again.

  2. Dellis January 6, 2013 12:37 am

    By the way….. my bow, as well as my wife’s is ALWAYS strung.

  3. eeteed January 7, 2013 1:44 am

    this might be of interest to you …

    also, wishing you a happy new year. i’m looking forward to another year of space kid, and i thank you for all your hard work.

    i’m sorry that i don’t always comment, but i am here and am enjoying your work.

    • John MacLeod January 7, 2013 2:15 am

      OMG that video is one of The Coolest Things in the History of Cool™!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! Everybody, please go check that out!

  4. The Code Crimson January 9, 2013 5:41 pm

    Nice! I just bet Space Kid is gonna be riding those awesome monstrosities soon enough!

  5. CDowd January 28, 2013 4:39 am

    Ack! Leapin’ lizards, err, FLYING lizards!

    • John MacLeod January 28, 2013 4:44 am

      Could be “gliding”, too. Not absolutely sure.


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