to begin production on the pilot for Kenny and the Chimp,
I missed getting to work in the iconic Hanna Barbera
building by only a couple months.
No, instead of getting to work at the studio where Scooby Doo,
Johnny Quest and Smurfs was done,
I ended up in a building attached to the nearly deserted mall where
Fast Times at Ridgemont High was filmed:
But it wasn't so bad...
Because they put my office directly next to Bill Hanna's.
And just around the corner from Joe Barbera's.
And I was all like...
I could just pop into their offices and hang out.
Listen to stories.
Sometimes they'd stop by MY office and check out
the drawings of Kenny and Chimp on my wall.
Mr. Hanna even cut the cake for my 30th birthday.
So on one of my trips back to NYC,
I grabbed my Tom and Jerry book:
And I asked them to sign it:
Unfortunately, these legends have long since passed.
But man, am I honored I got to meet them.