Friday, July 31, 2009

From The "Are You Kiddin' ?" Department

If you've got the hot cigarette habit, why not switch to Kool?

This is an ad from the 1950s.

After Roughly Half-A-Century, Trix Are STILL For Kids!

Silly Rabbit.

Mort Marshall, who lated did the voice of frustrated zookeeper Stanley Livingston on the old Tennesse Tuxedo television show (sponsored by General Mills, which made and still makes Trix cereal), voiced the rabbit on this commercial from around 1960. That old slogan is STILL used today in Trix commercials.

Time For Bucky

Here, in an ancient commercial for Ipana Toothpaste, is Bucky Beaver, doing battle in outer space against his archenemy, Decay Germ.

Brusha! Brusha! Brusha!

Hey, What's Goin' On There?

Let's go back to the December 31, 1956 telecast of Lawrence Welk's Top Tunes and New Talent (ABC) and give a listen to Bob Lido as he wonders what's going on behind "The Green Door."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

R. I. P. Taco Bell Chihuahua

Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuahua who delighted millions of television viewers, while at the same time, helped to make fast food tacos adorable, passed away Tuesday night from a stroke at age 15.

Friday, July 17, 2009

And That's the Way It Was

Veteran newsman Walter Cronkite, the long-time (1962-81) anchorman of the CBS Evening News, as well as chief anchorman for CBS News coverage of many major news events, passed away on Friday at age 92.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Oregon Caves Centennial Celebration

This past Saturday, my sister and myself traveled to the Oregon Caves National Mounument.

She took some interesting and fascinating photographs.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

State Of Origin: Consolation Win For NSW

At Brisbane, Queensland, Australia:

Ben Creagh scored two tries (19', 66') as New South Wales salvaged one win in their fourth consecutive losing State of Origin Rugby League series, downing Queensland ( who took the series two games to one) 28-16.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hey Folks, Remember This?

Remember, kids, not to take presents or rides from strangers.

This is a 1949 educational film from producer-director Sid Davis entitled "The Dangerous Stranger."

And Now, A Word From Our Alternate Sponsor

Here's a commercial from many moons ago for King-Sized Chesterfield Cigarettes.

Yes, that's the legendary Daws Butler doing all the voices on this animated television commercial.

Here's Yogi!

Here is Hanna-Barbera cartoon star Yogi Bear, in an early 1960s commercial, plugging Kellogg's OKs cereal.

Yes, that's Daws Butler as Yogi's voice.

Time For Another Cartoon, Boys and Girls

Here is a Columbia cartoon from 1944 entitled "The Case of the Screaming Bishop." This is a takeoff on Sherlock Holmes produced in black-and-white in 1944. This was part of Columbia's "Phantasy" series.


Direction: Howard Swift

Story: John McLeish

Animation: Jim Armstrong, Grant Simmons

Music: Eddie Kilfeather

Produced by the Screen Gems cartoon studio in Los Angeles and released by Columbia Pictures.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

R. I. P. Karl Malden

Academy Award-winning actor Karl Malden, who was also one of the stars of the 1970s TV series, The Streets of San Francisco, as well as long-time commercial spokesman for American Express Travelers Cheques, passed away on Wednesday at age 97.