MEMBERSHIP: Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Norville Shagsworth “Shaggy" Rogers and his dog, Scooby-Doo

PURPOSE: The investigation, exploration and possible debunking of alleged supernatural locations.

BASE of OPERATIONS: Coeursville, Massachusetts, also Mobile

FIRST APPEARANCE: Scooby Doo, Where Are You (ABC-TV series, September 13,1969 - Recent)

HISTORY: Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy were four teens who attended Coeursville High School (Grades 7-12) in the Early Seventies. Bound by common teenage interests as well as senses of responsibility, they stumbled on a mystery one night concerning a suit of armor behind the wheel of a truck and delved into the mystery as if it was a riddle or a practical joke set up for them to find. The discovery thrust them into a series of incidents involving art thieves and eventually more unexplained events as they traveled abroad on trips across the United States. By time they graduated high school in 1974, they had visited and exposed twenty sites being used to conceal criminal activities.

Even through their college years, the four teens continued to poke into any incident that never seemed right. They became popular in the press as unofficial detectives as they were dubbed the Scooby Gang after Shaggy's Great Dane, a huge, friendly dog with a huge appetite. Instead of defending the gang as a conventional guard dog, it often became the first to run and hide, often moving furniture and knocking things over as it does. Scooby was mostly kept in check through Scooby Doughnut Snacks, from which he was named, although in later years, they were confused as a brand of dog biscuits. As a young adult, Blake eventually began hosting a local news-like TV series that investigated and featured reportedly haunted locations. Fred, the unofficial leader, became her cameraman while Shaggy acting as driver and Velma as the team's advisor. Although Velma had aspirations of being a scientist, she stayed loyal to Fred and Daphne, briefly running a bookstore as she studied for her doctorate in forensic science.

Over time, their syndicated paranormal detective documentaries allowed them to achieve a certain pop status with a number of fictionalized cartoon series based on their adventures through Hanna-Barbera Entertainment. However, in 1985, they tried to pull their support of the animated series due to declining quality, least of which was the addition of a new animated character called "Scrappy Doo," which not only lead to the cancellation of the series in that year but to a lawsuit over the use of their likenesses on merchandise. Only Daphne and Shaggy allowed the use of their likenesses in a re-vamped version of the series called "The Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby Doo," which included occult expert Vincent von Ghul (nee Van Ghoul), as their paranormal advisor while they covered exaggerated versions of incidents from their old case files. By now, Daphne, having grown tired of being abducted and held hostage, had studied unarmed combat to increase her knowledge of martial arts. Fred and Velma eventually renewed their contracts with Hanna-Barbera in 1998 for a series of Direct-to-DVD animated motion pictures. Fred had briefly enjoyed popularity as a freelance writer of true crime books, and Velma briefly had the honor to work with NASA. In 1988, the gang allowed new likenesses to be commissioned for a more juvenile version of their lives called "A Pup Named Scooby Doo." For this series, their hometown of Coeursville, Massachusetts was renamed "Coolsville" to be more children-friendly for much younger viewers. The popularity of the DVDs and the re-release of their original animated series soon lead to the release of a live-action feature film in 2002 based on their younger lives than on their recent careers.

Over the years, the gang has traveled abroad on vacation excursions and as guests for friends and family. Some of their travels have taken them to the American Southwest, Mexico, England, the Far East and even an uneventful cruise through the so-called Bermuda Triangle. Not all of their cases have been paranormal. Some of them have involved opportunists using legends of cryptozoological animals, such as a Yeti-like creature near the Wolf's Head Lodge in Vermont and an alleged pterodactyl sighting near Montana's Big Canyon Dude Ranch, rare reported extra-terrestrial sightings and just costumed criminals using names like the Creeper, Mamba Wamba and Iron Face.

Case Files: Essex County Museum (9/13/69, 11/29/69), Vasquez Castle (9/27/69), Cutler's Cove (9/20/69, 12/13/69), Gold City (10/4/69), Weatherby Estate (10/18/69), Funland Amusement Park (11/1/69), Old Coeursville Theater (11/8/69), Franken Castle (11/22/69), Old Sanders House (1/10/70), Wolf's Head Lodge (1/17/70), Oceanland (9/26/70), Old Stillwell House (10/10/70), Mona Tiki Tia (10/17/70), Blake Ranch (9/11/76), The Everglades (9/18/76), The Smithsonian (9/25/76), Happy Humor Ice Cream Factory (10/2/76), Dilly-Dolly Toy Company (10/9/76), Temple of Kontazuma (10/23//76), Winterhaven Power Company (10/25/76), Sleepy Hollow (10/31/76), Old Crabbe House (11/27/76), Underground Seattle (12/1/76), Coeursville Community College (12/4/76), Viking Lake (9/10/77), Skull Island (9/17/76, 10/20/76), Big Canyon Dude Ranch (9/24/77), Spider Mountain (10/15/77), Wilcox House (9/30/78), McDuff Castle (10/14/78), Decade Records (10/18/78), Miedo Fortress (aka Fortress of Fear, 12/9/78)

COMMENTS: This bio features the original "Scooby Doo" 1969-1972, 1976-1979 series while incorporating parts of the animated and live-action movies. Because of anachronistic individuals in the 1972-1973 episodes (Laurel & Hardy, the Three Stooges...) and the overall pitiful storylines of the 1979-1983 seasons, those episodes are not considered canon. 

Matthew Lillard also played Dennis Rafkin in "Thirteen Ghosts" (2001)

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