This year, I had the odd experience of a pretty okay Father’s Day being bittersweet due to the death of one of my voice-over heroes, the immortal Casey Kasem.  For many people my age, it’s a toss-up as to whether Casey’s golden pipes are more recognizable from his years of hosting America’s Top 40 or from his turn as Norville “Shaggy” Rogers in the first few iterations of Scooby Doo.  Oddly for me, just the night before I got the news, Stephen and I watched ‘Ghostbusters’, which features a Kasem voice-over cameo, and the night before that I took in a couple of episodes of classic Transformers, and within the last week, I was delighted to hear him voicing Shaggy’s FATHER on the latest version of the endless Scooby Doo cartoon Möbius strip.  Indeed, it seems as though NOT hearing that voice is actually harder for me than hearing it, and I’m saddened to realize that his era has ended, which leads us to today’s memorial query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still associates that voice with Mark, the leader of the G-Force team from ‘Battle Of The Planets’, a formative viewing experience for me, asking: What’s your favorite memory of the late Casey Kasem?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. Starks Scraps
    June 16, 2014 at 11:49 am — Reply

    When I realized that Robin was Shaggy was the guy on my mom’s car radio.

  2. June 16, 2014 at 11:50 am — Reply

    Since I grew up with him as the voice of Shaggy in several incarnations of Scooby-Doo (which in itself is a pretty fond group of memories), I found a great deal of amusement that when he wasn’t voicing Shaggy in “Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated”, he did lend his voice to Shaggy’s father.

    And I also loved his cameo in “Ghostbusters”.

  3. June 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    Watching some iteration of Super Friends, and after a large meal Robin says, “Holy carbohydrates, Batman!” That cracked us all up something fierce. :)

  4. June 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm — Reply

    Hearing him do the Top 40 on the way to and from church every Sunday as a kid.

  5. June 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm — Reply

    Casey was such a fixture of my youth — ages 5 to 18 and beyond — that it’s hard to pick one moment. Given my Robin obsession, however, I’ll settle on the moment I realized that the cool guy who told me music stories was also the voice of my favorite TV hero.

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