Meet the Rubbles!  You read a little bit about Wilma and Fred Flinstones’s best friends in my previous two posts.  They came to Sun City Peachtree to join their friends for a round of golf, so I thought I would let you get to know them better.

Hmmm, it just occurred to me how appropriate it is for the Flinstones and Rubbles to be visiting as painted rocks, because they are, after all, residents of Bedrock, and they are from the Stone Age.  As you can probably conclude, they will be playing golf by hitting golfrocks with their golfclubs when their golf game commences.

Anyway, back to the Rubbles, they have been the Flinstones’s best friends since they all worked at that resort when they were young. 

“Betty” is just a nickname for Barney’s wife.  She was born Elizabeth Jean Rubble and is the adoptive mother of their son Bamm-Bamm.  If you have ever watched the 1950’s television series The Honeymooners, you might see the similarities between Betty’s personality and that of Trixie Norton, wife of Ed Norton on the series.  This was deliberate as the Flinstones and Rubbles personalities and relationships were based on the two couples in that old-time comedy.

Betty spends most of her time socializing with Wilma Flinstone, and the two will often pair up to bail their husbands out of whatever scheme of Fred’s has landed them in trouble.

Bernard Matthew “Barney” Rubble is Betty’s height-challenged husband.  If it weren’t for Fred, he wouldn’t be getting into so much trouble.  Fred’s always on the lookout for get-rich-quick schemes, though, and Barney allows himself to get roped in, because he and Fred are best friends.  As a result, he sometimes loses his patience with Fred.

Considering all of Fred’s schemes that Barney has to put up with, he is a really good friend to Fred and the much more jovial, easy-going, and good-natured one of the two pals.  He is also a very caring and devoted husband and father; and, he is quite a respectful, noble, responsible, and understanding guy.

The Flinstones daughter Pebbles and the Rubbles son grew up together, got married, and had children; so, I wonder if they’re all tagging along for that game of golf.  I haven’t seen them yet, but you never know!  Stay tuned…


“WilllmAAAA!!”  That ear-piercing shout you just heard was Fred Flinstone calling out for his wife Wilma.  He’s yelling for her to get out of the rain!  “Oh, Fred.”  That’s Wilma’s typical response whenever he yells at her like that.

Wilma Anna Flinstone is quite the stylish one, wearing a string of pearls (rocks?), fashionable dress, and that gorgeous red hair up combed up in a bun.  Red lipstick completes the look. 

The daughter of Pearl Slaghoople, Wilma is the mother of Pebbles Flinstone and the grandmother to Roxy and Chip Rubble.  Her best friends are next door neighbors, Betty and Barney Rubble.

Wilma and Betty go back a long way.  As young adults, they worked as cigarette girls/ waitresses at a resort.  That is where they met and fell in love with their future husbands, Fred and Barney, who were employed as bellhops.

Fred proposed to Wilma, and they tied the knot in Rock Vegas.  He sure married up, because his wife is the serious, strong-willed, level-headed one in the marriage.  When Fred gets himself into trouble with his ill-fated schemes, Wilma always comes to his rescue and bails him out.

When they got hitched, Wilma became a housewife and developed some awesome cooking and baking skills.  One of her specialties is Gravelberry Pie—the recipe for which she eventually sold to the Safestone supermarket chain. 

In addition to baking and cooking, Wilma’s other homemaking duties include keeping house with such prehistoric aids as a baby elephant vacuum cleaner and pelican washing machine. 

Outside of the home, Wilma enjoys shopping and volunteering for various charitable and women’s organizations in Bedrock. 

When Pebbles was a teenager, Wilma and her best friend Betty both got hired as reporters by one of Bedrock’s newspapers (make that, news-slabs), the Daily Granite.  Their boss was Lou Granite.

After Pebbles grew up and left home, Wilma and Betty became entrepreneurs and started a successful catering business, “Bone-Appetite”.  I’m sure it was a relief to get out of the house and away from all of Fred’s yelling!