The Scooby Gang – Paranormal Investigators

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The Scooby Gang is the nickname for a group of four high school students who solve mysteries of the supernatural kind amidst haunted mansions, slimy swamps, and dark caves where some sort of monsters dwelled on the CBS Hanna-Barbera Productions fantasy cartoon series SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU! (1969-72).

The members of the Scooby Gang included:

  • Fred “Freddie” Jones, the calm, confident leader of the gang. His catchphrases are: “Let’s split up, gang!” “I’ve got a plan…” and “That wraps up another mystery.”
  • Daphne Blake, who always finds herself the damsel in distress. She likes to say “Would you do it for a Scooby snack?” and “Help!”
  • Velma Dinkley, the brains of the outfit. She wears glasses and has a penchant for interpreting clues and solving the mysteries. Her catchphrases include
    “Jinkies,” “I found a clue,” “I’ve lost my glasses! I can’t see without my glasses!”
  • Shaggy, a.k.a. “Norville Rogers”, or “Shagster,” a cowardly, always-hungry beatnik-like teenager. Shaggy’s catchphrases are “Zoinks!”, “Like, wow!”, “Man, oh, man,” “Here we go again!” and “Scooby Doo, where are you?”
  • Scooby-Doo, a.k.a. “Scoobert” or “Scoob” a cowardly Great Dane. Scooby Doo likes Scooby snacks and is guaranteed to run at the first sign of anything spooky. He speaks a “ruff” form of English. His catchphrases include “Ruh-roh (uh-oh),” “Rooby Rack (Scooby Snack)?” “Hee he he he he he he!” (laughing), “Raggy” (Shaggy), “Reah (yeah)”, “Relp! (help!)” and “Scooby Dooby Doo!” (cry of joy).

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To investigate eerie, supernatural events, The Scooby Gang travel to their destinations in a van nicknamed “The Mystery Machine.”

NOTE: The adventures of The Scooby Gang continued to grace the airwaves in a number of spin-off series including THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES, SCARY SCOOBY FUNNIES, THE 13 GHOSTS OF SCOOBY-DOO and SCOOBY’S MYSTERY FUNHOUSE, as well as television specials and Direct-to-Video productions.

In 2002, The Scooby Gang went from animation to live-action characters in the movies “Scooby Doo” and the sequels (2002), Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), Scooby-Doo!: The Mystery Begins (2009), and Scooby-Doo!: Curse of the Lake Monster (2010).

Reportedly, CBS exec Fred Silverman got “Scooby Doo’s name from listening to the “scooby-dooby-doo” lyrics sung by Frank Sinatra in his hit song “Strangers in the Night.”

On the episode “What’s My Line?” on the WB/UPN fantasy adventure BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1997-2003), teenager Xander Harris refers to his Sunnydale High School friends as “The Scooby Gang” because they investigate supernatural occurrences.

The Scooby Gang
c/o Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (IMDB)
Scooby Doo, Where Are You! – Intros (Video)
Scooby Doo Fan Site (Scooby Addicts) (Website)

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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