Theme: BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH THE HONEYMOONERS. No that's not some sort of glaring error. After the 1960 success of the Flintstones - which was the Honeymooners, reset in cartoon creationist pre-history - the same formula was applied two years later to a space-age toon family, giving us our reveal, which will be revealed at the appropriate moment.
17A. Leader for whom Houston's airport is named : GEORGE (JETSON) BUSH. Poppy or W?
24A. "The Chimpanzees of Gombe" writer : JANE (JETSON) GOODALL. A British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and author.
34A. "Superfudge" novelist : JUDY (JETSON) BLUME. Writer of children's books and racy adult novels.
49A. Pro Football Hall of Famer nicknamed "Crazylegs" : ELROY (JETSON) HIRSCH. As an amateur, he was a football running back and receiver with the University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan. As a pro, he played for the Chicago Rockets of the old All-America Football Conference, and then with the L.A. Rams. He is a member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
And the reveal, since now is the appropriate moment. 58A. TV series that first aired 9/23/1962 whose family shares first names with 17-, 24-, 34- and 49-Across : THE JETSONS. And here is the THEME theme.
Hi gang, It's JazzBumpa, reunited with Gareth. Once upon a time, three of my consecutive blogging dates corresponded with three consecutive publications of his puzzles - a coincidence beyond all probability, since my blogging dates were irregular. I always enjoy Gareth's puzzles. Didn't we have one just last Wednesday? I thought that would be a near miss. Let's see what he has for us this time.
Each of the eight HoF indictees, from classes of 1950(!) through the stellar 1983 group performed a song. Some seriously word-class talent was on display. Todd Fournier (83) is touring with Frankie Valli as one of The Four Seasons, Jill Bonczak (83) has been member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for 18 years, and pianist Larry Fuller (83) has performed everywhere.
It was an awesome night, and for me a very emotional experience.