Jetson cities and tech prophecy


Orbit City - Source: bite.ca

Orbit City – Source: bite.ca

Howdy, fellow space cadets! : ) Following up on yesterday’s post about places that could have been the hometown of The Flintstones, I thought it might also be fun to list those communities with names that could have been used in space age inspired cartoon series The Jetsons (my personal favorite of the era). While compiling this list, the more I thought about it, I did not recall the name of the community they lived in ever being mentioned in the show. However, according to wikipedia, the hometown of George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, and of course their hilarious dog, Astro was named Orbit City. As Astro would say, “rat’s right!”

One of my favorite aspects of the show, especially watching reruns is to see all of the futuristic technology the Jetson family had in their 1960s cartoon (set in the year 2062) that we now have today. It is quite amazing to see how spot-on accurate the writers of the show were, sans the flying cars. Here is a brief list of today’s modern marvels that  appeared in episodes of The Jetsons:

  • Personal computers
  • Skype-like communications
  • Electric/digital readers
  • Moving sidewalks
  • Food preparation machines
  • Holograms
  • Flat screen televisions/entertainment centers
  • Space-based travel
  • Tanning beds
  • Talking alarm clocks
Source: smithsonlanmag.com

Source: smithsonlanmag.com

Here’s my list of place names that could have served as the home of The Jetsons, albeit it is likely only partially complete. Enjoy!

  • Apollo, Pennsylvania
  • Apollo Beach, Florida
  • Atomic City, Idaho
  • Aurora (multiple states)
  • Blue Earth, Minnesota
  • Corona, California
  • Crater Lake, Oregon
  • Earth, Texas
  • Earth City, Missouri
  • Globe, Arizona
  • Half Moon Bay, California
  • Jupiter, Florida
  • Lake Orion, Michigan
  • Los Lunas, New Mexico
  • Mars, Pennsylvania
  • Mars Hill, North Carolina
  • Mercury, Nevada and Texas
  • Moon, Pennsylvania
  • Neptune Beach, Florida
  • North Apollo, Pennsylvania
  • Rising Sun, Indiana
  • Satellite Beach, Florida
  • Saturn, Texas
  • Skyway, Washington
  • Star, Mississippi (Faith Hill’s hometown)
  • Star City, West Virginia
  • Star Prairie, Wisconsin
  • Sunbright, Tennessee
  • Sun City, Arizona and California
  • Sun City Center, Florida
  • Sun City West, Arizona
  • Sundown, Texas
  • Sun Lakes, Arizona
  • Sunland Park, New Mexico
  • Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
  • Sunset Beach, California
  • Sunnyvale, California and Texas
  • Sunray, Texas
  • Sunrise, Florida
  • Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Vega, Texas
  • Venus, Florida and Texas
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