There is a Sputnik connection to the Bugs Bunny story, relating to a story featuring everyone’s favorite cartoon alien – Marvin the Martian. Hareway to the Stars was released on March 29, 1958, only about 5 months after the Russians launched Sputnik I. If you watch the video, check about 1:55 into it to see Bugs Bunny hit by an a recognizable cartoon representation of Sputnik I, complete with its distinctive “Beep-Beep-Beep” radio signal.
This, and many other Bugs Bunny cartoon shorts are notable for the mid-century modern design elements incorporated into them, a topic explored on this interesting website.
There is a also a mid-century Sputnik connection to the Manitowoc story, where Sputnik 4 fell to earth in 1962. Come visit Manitowoc, Wisconsin this September 7th and celebrate the anniversary of that event with us. That’s it for this week. Or – rather … “That’s All Folks.” Planet Terry