As with many youngsters of my day, I was hooked on the Hardy Boys book series. I was devastated when later in life I learned that the man I hero-worshipped as the author, Franklin W. Dixon, wasn’t a real person at all but rather a pen name used collectively by random authors who had actually written them.
By giving her the phone, Granny waived her right to complain about it. She may as well give her a cigarette to kickstart that unhealthy addiction.
As Norris66 pointed out, Robby was featured in the movie ‘Forbidden Planet’ and was likely the inspiration for the ‘Lost in Space’ robot which was created differently enough to avoid copyright infringement. But much to the delight of viewers, Robby actually showed up on the TV show in episode 21 ‘The War of the Robots’.
In case younger readers don’t get this, “Danger Will Robinson” was a line frequently spoken by the robot in the 1960’s TV series ‘Lost In Space’.
As an actual comic character [as opposed to a TV character] in a comic strip still running [as opposed to a TV show that ended 40 years ago] and considering Barney Google is instantly recognized by anyone such as myself who reads the strip [as opposed to a comic depiction of Barney Miller that would be far more ambiguous], Barney Google was a better choice.
Mr. Trapp was going for widely recognized characters, and, as popular as the show was in the 70’s, Barney Miller would not be recognized by most people today. There was also the matter of limited space.
That was my thought too. The operative word is ‘raw’.
This is a knockoff from a scene in the movie ‘Airplane!’ in which a nun is reading ‘Boys Life’ and a boy is reading ’Nun’s Life’.
For those of you such as myself who had no idea who Brené Brown is, [per Wikipedia] she is an American professor, author, and podcast host best known for her work on shame, vulnerability, and leadership and for her widely viewed TEDx talk in 2010. She has written six number-one New York Times bestselling books and hosted two podcasts on Spotify.