Luke- Sorry to have "spoken over" your factually correct post. I agree with your sentiments~ but kept asking the same questions, regardless, hoping to get at least a partial answer. But, it grows dull and, yes, it is time to put it to bed.
I know I am a little late about this but those classic Charmin commercials are the funniest things I have ever seen on television.I have noticed that in recent years they have banished the evil toilet paper spy Mr.Whipple and replaced him with the cartoon fat dancing bears in those recent Charmin commercials.Jim,Thanks for posting those youtube classic Charmin commercials.
You are welcome. Mr Whipple was a scary deve. I'd like to see him brought back for one final commercial, in which an outraged woman files charges. I infintely prefered Tom Carvel, everyone's favorite phlegm voiced chain smoking garrulous grandpa:
and I swore a dark oath that I would NEVER set foot in one of these stores. This is the commercial "character" most likely to have dead prostitutes cemented under his patio. (In my book, anyhow) I was happy ca 1990 when the entire empire crumbled and the titular head went to prison for fraud...I never had to sit through one of those ads again. Until now.
OMG! Absolutely insane! I was exhausted after watching that last one. Now I challenge you, Jim, to find one of these old YouTube commercials that has a specific Titanic reference. There must be one out there somewhere.
Hi, Jason: As hard to believe as it is in a day and age where a Titanic museum has a sign out front reading "Fun for the Entire Family," there was still a modicum of good taste in the 1970s and so, as far as I know, there WERE no cute Titanic references in commercials.
HOWEVER,for a Titanic sized disaster: I am not yet 5 years old. I see THIS commercial~
Now, would one rather be raising a daughter in a society in which figures like "snotty Barbie" Dr Johnson and her microscope get too much air time, or would one rather her live in a day and age where a major corporation came as close to depicting ...what columnist Dorothy Kilgallen called 'that horrendous act against nature'.... as has ever been shown on TV, with the woman reacting with psychedelic ecstasy, post act? Somehow, even by 21st century standards, there is something unwholesome about this ad.
>Sounds like this was a local outfit. From the comments posted there, I've the impression he was finally nailed for securities fraud.
Yes. Eddie Antar~ THE "Crazy Eddie"~ did head off to the Big House. Recently he and his business partner cousin, who also "took the fall," appeared on a segment of a TV news magazine, reunited for the first time since the trial and still obviously loathing one another. Crazy Eddie was a New York City area franchise, with outlets in all of the Long Island and Westchester County suburbs and HEAVILY advertised~ it seemed that every week there was a new, and even more shrill, variant of that ad running. Some remember them fondly (?) but, as I said, even Crazy Eddie's low low prices could not lure me into one of those outlets as a result of the ads. And, yes, there were several hundred radio ads as well.
>Oh my Gawd!!!!!!!
Yup. Who knew that the influence of the late Linda Lovelace (yes, late- car accident a few years ago)would percolate upwards into an ad campaign for fruit? And, Pink Floyd? Who was this commercial targeted towards?
>It's probably better for your sanity that you didn't.
Too late. I saw it in its first run and am still haunted. The recent allegations that Tom Carvel was murdered after discovering massive scale embezzlement were quite a shock. THOSE ads I do remember fondly~ he wrote, produced, and directed them himself and was so hyperenthusiastic about his own product that it made his trademark delivery (dead pauses, mid-sentence trail offs, odd tangents, slight speech impairments, massive amounts of phlegm) seem effective. We always wondered if junior managers in the office came up with Cookiepuss's slogan ("Take me home and eat me") as a mean "Let's propose it and see if he goes along with it" kind of joke that backfired when he did, in fact, go along with it.
I do remember that the man in the Santa Claus suit in the Crazy Eddie commercial was a DJ at a New York City radio station in the 1970s the now defunct WPIX-FM 101.9,His name is I believe is Jerry Carroll.Anyway Jerry did wear the Santa Claus suit in those silly Crazy Eddie TV commercials because I do remember that Crazy Eddie every year had those absurd Christmas in August sales.In either 1986 or 1987 my father and I did go into the Crazy Eddie store in Paramus,New Jersey and bought a 19 inch screen color television set the brand name of this TV is Lloyds and the funny thing about this television set is that I still have it and it still works well.
(((Snort))) They should be locked up "fer their own pertecshun!" That advert was to the left of some I've seen from automobile dealerships and those were pretty bad. A latest example of some advertising lows comes with those Quiznos Sub adverts and those Head On pain reliving sticks, but those are tame compared to that thing with the banana!
>Crazy Eddie every year had those absurd Christmas in August sales.
Just another reason to head out of town for August if you lived in NYC back then.
WPIX! Now THERE was a nightmare! Do you remember the circa 1980 interactive "VIDEO GAME" (on WPIX TV) where you'd phone in, possibly get picked, and sit there yelling "pix" as someone at the studio pressed the control to make the "Pong" game (visible on your home screen) operate. Allegedly, when you yelled "pix" they'd press the button, but of course you knew in advance that they were going to make you lose on purpose by delaying by a nanosecond. The prize was always fairly schlock~ even at ten the idea of circus tickets thrilled me about as much as (at age 40) the idea of getting the yearly digital cancer exam~ but the fact that nine times out of ten they made you lose on purpose irritated me.
>Oh, and in the news today, an article on why men and women "Make whoopee." The answer: Because it feels good!
How politically incorrect. We all KNOW that hetero-orineted sex is just another means by which women are subjugated. How can a tool of enslavement feel good?
Yes Jim, I remember WPIX-TV Channel 11 did those stupid video games during the commercials of those stupid Tom and Jerry cartoons around 1980 or so(I did prefer to watch Bugs Bunny and the other classic Warner Brothers cartoons on Channel 5).And you are right that the cheapskates at Channel 11 would be a nanosecond late when you yelled PIX so you would then lose the game and not get the cheap prize.All the reason to watch Channel 5 instead of Channel 11 in the New York Metropolitan area.
Jim, I remember as a kid in the sixties and early seventies watching Wonderama on Channel 5 on Sunday Morning.I remember the first host of this show was Sonny Fox.And then he left and was replaced by Bob McAllister.On that show there were children who were the studio audience.And the kids in the audience did compete in games to win prizes.Also during the show there were cartoon breaks and it was the classic Warner Brothers cartoons that were shown on this show.Of course this was back in the day when Channel 5 was owned by Metromedia.Today Channel 5 is owned by the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and WNYW-TV Channel 5,New York is the flagship TV Station of the Fox Television Network.
Bob McAllister was a lot nicer, but less fun to watch. There was a five year wait list to get on Wonderama at its peak, but a VIP friend of the family pulled some strings and the older members of my family got to jump line. The guests that show pulled were really top drawer~ surprising since it only aired in the New York metro area. I recall, well, the Jackson 5 appearing at least once, Abba (I have that episode on tape) Mohammad Ali, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams in character as Laverne and Shirley, and dozens of other rock, TV, sports and political figures. And, was it just me, or did they play "Enjoy Yourself" by the Jacksons during the Teen Dance-off segment for about 300 consecutive episodes? The idea of sitting in a studio with at least a hundred screaming children for over three hours is daunting.
In an act of almost unimaginable cruelty, allow me to present, for the benefit of those who did not grow up in NYC in the 1970s and who therefore never saw Wonderama, this clip:
which proves that, despite what those who were over 18 back then claim, the riots, the blackout, the city going bankrupt, and the Son of Sam were NOT the worst things to befall our fair city during my youth.