Jan. 17th, 2014

[identity profile] captain-slinky.livejournal.com


Last night our Twitter account was tagged about a dozen times with the tweets and re-tweets claiming that legendary Filmation co-founder Hal Sutherland had died. I've been unable to confirm this rumor yet, but he lives about 5 minutes away from my house so I'll drive by there this morning and casually/discreetly try to ascertain if he's still, y'know... "With Us".

Not that any members of this community would need a reminder, but what you'd probably remember Hal best from would be He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe. Most of his Saturday Morning work was done in the 1970's on stuff like the Star Trek animated series, Flash Gordon, and all the pre-Super Friends DC Comics super heroes (Batman, Aquaman, Superman etc).

Fingers crossed that he's still with us!
[identity profile] captain-slinky.livejournal.com
I drove by Hal Sutherland's house this morning, nothing out of the ordinary there that one would associate with a death in the family (extra cars, etc)... but I was too nervous to just go up and ring the doorbell at 8am asking "Hi, uhm... is Hal dead?"

Maybe I'll muster the courage later today...

So far, the "source" of the rumor seems to be a post on the Filmation Fan Facebook Page, which has no links or sources of it's own. The general rule of thumb for these types of rumors is The Rule Of Three - as soon as you see it in three separate sources that are not sighting each other as sources, you can assume it's real. If you have a blog post that refers to another blog post as the source, it's probably not legit.

Oh I hope it's not legit :(
[identity profile] captain-slinky.livejournal.com


While we wait to hear any type of actual confirmation regarding the death of Hal Sutherland, please enjoy this most excellent tribute to the man and his work -the most awesome Free He-Man Game EVAR!

90% positive that this death rumor is bogus, as only two Star Trek websites, one Animation blog and Wikipedia have reported it and all of them are referencing the extremely vague Filmation Fan Facebook Page post as their "source". Wish I know how to edit Wikipedia properly, get that stuff taken down till there's an actual confirmation...

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