TV Commercials of the 70's and 80's

Here are some listings of my seventies and eighties commercial compilations culled from the thousands in my collection. I'm always open to trades (VHS and DVD). Please email me (pgsaur at frontier.com) if you are interested in anything here!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

So, uh, Why Exactly?

I know that's what you're wondering. Most people skip through the commercials, or flip around channels to avoid them. Commercials suck. They're annoying, banal, stupid. Especially, you may argue, the ones that are the focus of my collection: the mostly-forgotten celluloid snippets of shameless crap-peddling that have been scraped from that cringingly-recalled epoch, the 1970's.

This is all accurate, or, as the young people say, true dat. Yet I love them. I dust them off and catalog them. I study them. I watch them repeatedly, with fascination and affection. Except the ones I can't fucking stand, such as any spot with singing children. (Maybe that Oscar Mayer kid gets a pass, but that's it.)

I'd estimate that I have between three and four thousand commercials in my collection, mainly seventies through about 1986 (with some 50's and 60's in there, and even some early 90's--not my nostalgia spot, but interesting and fun to watch nonetheless). [5/27/14 add: LOTS more now, see bottom of post for latest addition...]

Commercials are designed to sell, and therefore appeal. They make fascinating time caplets which reveal not only how Americans of a particular era were marketed to, but how that marketing was done in its time, with technical effects and styles of storytelling clearly evolving.

Actually, speaking of evolution, it's funny--there seems to be quite a bit of zaniness on display in the older black-and-white ads of my collection, with inventive special effects and playful narratives. In the seventies, however, I find there's something of a step back, with much less absurdity and more trite, insipid ads. This evinces either a lack of respect for the viewer or a lack of inspiration on the production end. I'd guess it was typically a smidge of the former and an assload of the latter.

I have recently been working on several different theme tapes, despite the fact that I can't sell them on eBay anymore because I don't own the copyrights on these ads. Of course, no one owns the rights on these old commercials (maybe the biggies like Coca-Cola or McDonald's retain them forever, I don't know), but anyway that's eBay's policy. I still make collections from time to time because they don't take all that long to assemble and it's fun to notice odd little details that I never caught before.

I made a music-themed tape for my buddy Mike whom I've known since the fifth grade. I included any ads with musicians, plus ads that featured familiar jingles or were highlighted by music. There were tons of disco-influenced ads back in the day, so I included what I have. You haven't lived until you've seen the Duncan Yo-Yo "Disco Duncan" ad. Okay, you've lived, but not well.

Making this tape, I rediscovered a hilarious spot (from around '79 I'd guess, give or take a year) for GWG corduroy pants. It was probably the fifteenth time I'd seen it, but I suddenly realized there's a moment where... well, I'll describe the whole ad for you.

Scene: A very cheap-looking, overly-lit disco set, with glittering ball overhead and about two-dozen twenty-somethings placidly grooving and shuffling on platforms of various heights. It seems there may not have been any music actually playing as they filmed, but we viewers are treated to a generic dance riff with a female singer intoning "Movin' on a dream! Ooh, ooh, ooh! Movin' on a dream!"

A chubby, combed-over fella with tinted shades and lapels rivalling an albatross' wingspan (think a melding of Sam Kinison and Paul Williams) sidles up to a young couple and says, in an afternoon drive-time DJ voice: "Movin' on a dream, gettin' down at the disco! Hey man, how do you get down so well?"

Blond guy (think Christopher Atkins around the time he realized he wasn't getting the Blue Lagoon sequel): "These GWG Cords really let you do it!"

The guy's partner, a thin-faced, mushroom-haired girl (picture Shelley Duvall portraying Toni Tennille) says something about the satisfactory fit of her pants, and we are then treated to several close shots of snugly-waled heinies gyrating.

The detail I had never noticed before comes as the guy's butt is prominently displayed in the foreground of the shot. If you look just past him (to his front), the girl's arm can be seen with her wrist at about his belt level, and her dance moves make it look like... well, like she's doing something for him that is not typically done on a dance floor (unless maybe some ecstasy tabs, dimmer lighting and a bigger crowd is involved). Like she's awfully, shall we say, handy. Upon first noting this, I thought that I simply had a dirty mind. Then I showed it to my friend Jim, who laughed so hard that I briefly wondered about the nearest defibrillator.

Did they do it intentionally? Hard to say. Given the level of competence of the rest of the production, probably not. Too much thinking involved in planting subliminal images. Although they did throw in another odd detail: when the tag line is chyroned onto the screen at the end, the sentences appear upward; that is, the first line pops up, then the second line appears above it instead of below.(Why do I even notice these things?) It would seem a deliberate decision was made to do it that way. So maybe some thought, however facile, was actually put into constructing this after all. Or maybe everyone was just really stoned.
[1/29/12 add: Thanks to my new DVD drive, you can see it here yourself! Okay, so I exaggerated about certain details--but I think I caught the essence pretty accurately. The helping hand occurs around :21.]



It isn't a subliminal message that strangely pops up on the screen during a spot for Michigan's Buscemi's Pizza--it's an absolutely blatant act of sabotage (though one probably unpremeditated, for what that's worth).

As fifteen non-actor kids (a mere 5 of whom wear Buscemi's t-shirts) cavort on a playground, singing (ugh) of their love for said pizza with varying degrees of enthusiasm and skill, a woman newscaster is suddenly superimposed across the lower right side of the screen.

She is deeply invested in picking her teeth, dreamily digging between molars with a fingernail.
We watch her for a few moments until, it appears, an off-set monitor catches her eye.
Just as it seems she's realizing that she is watching herself unflatteringly broadcast live over the ad, poof she disappears. Presumably the heads of some cheeky director and cameraman consequently rolled. Now, I don't know who that anchorwoman is, but I would surmise that, for such a gleefully ill-conceived conspiracy to occur, she probably deserved it. People obviously hate her.

Oh, about those themed collections I mentioned... I concocted a sports tape of ads with athletes, and another one I call "Strange Figgers... Weird Figgers" (after a Groucho line). It features ads with people wearing stupid costumes, bizarre puppets, and creepy stop-motion characters. Characters such as "Li'l Softie," a tiny naked cherub-woman with a large blue hat topping her oversized head, hawking Nice n' Soft bathroom tissue. Li'l Softie has kinda like a regular woman's head, but with a pudgy Kewpie doll body, and it is almost certainly brain-damaged. It yammers on in a breathy voice about toilet paper while standing on a supermarket aisle endcap. The imagining of its everyday existence is bleak and heartbreaking.

Gruff character actor Ron Masak (he's that guy who impersonated Lou Costello, and played the sheriff on Murder She Wrote) plays his role of a regular fella out shopping with his wife with a distinctly Klugmanesque air. He encounters this Softie creature and regards it with a mixture of wariness and disgust. When it squeaks that Nice n' Soft is "softier" than other bathroom tissues, Masak repeats the made-up word with exaggerated incredulity. Soon he realizes the TP is indeed superior to other brands, and although he will only concede that the paper is "very, very soft," his demeanor turns to reluctant acceptance, his new warmth undoubtedly laced with pity for such a grotesque abomination of God's law as Li'l Softie.

For the Strange Figgers compilation, I avoided traditionally animated commercials, as that could make up a tape on its own. I did, however, include Milton the Toaster (I just find it funny to see a little girl talking to a toaster which will later have a cartoon face superimposed on it) and a Pac-Man Bread spot with the cheapest effects ever--I swear the Pac-Man looks like it's made of yellow construction paper. I haven't tested this tape out on friends yet, but I predict it would inspire lots of laughs, even without "enhancement" of any sort. (Oh, I'd recommend it, you understand, but let's call it optional.)

Drop me a line if you have anything I might be interested in for trade, or if you're looking for something in particular. If a commercial for the Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces puppet exists and you have it, call 911 and tell them you must speak to me immediately.

[As mentioned above, here's the latest addition to my mania: a painstakingly-researched-and-cataloged list of celebrities appearing in my collection, as best as I can ascertain. Some are easy to spot (like spokespersons billed on-screen--I'd hafta be pretty fucking stoned to miss those), but for others I can only rely on my eyes--an imperfect method, eagle-like though they may be. So when I say I have a young Adrien Brody in a Hot Pockets spot, take it with half a grain of salt...]

Friday, April 02, 2010

LOCAL NEW YORK CITY COMMERCIALS of the 70's and 80's!

Here’s a tape for anyone who grew up in the New York City area in the 70’s and 80’s. It’s two hours of NYC area local commercials of that era. It would make a great, utterly unique Christmas gift, if you know anyone from Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, or much of Connecticut or New Jersey.

This tape features dozens of long-forgotten, low-budget gems, the kind you once enjoyed--or endured--during late-night horror movies or afternoon cartoons. Some of these commercials can be found on my other tapes, but most are unique to this tape. If you fondly recall how bad some local commercials were, there are some doozies on here! There are also lots of commercials with scenes of the majestic World Trade Center twin towers, including one touting the observation deck. Having grown up on Long Island, I can tell you that watching these can be bittersweet. You may want to take that into consideration if planning to give the tape as a gift… Drop me a line if you have something to trade, or whatever...

Video quality and audio quality vary throughout the tape, but I try to ensure that my collections are highly watchable, not like the many headache-inducing tapes I’ve encountered in my years of collecting. If there’s a crummy-looking ad here and there, it’s because I feel the nostalgia value justifies its inclusion. Check it out...
 

7/18/13 note: I'm currently finishing up the extensive planning for a "Sign-on to sign-off" compilation, incorporating these local NYC ads and segments plus many others I have acquired since I created this comp. It will play in order, from a WPIX sign-on to cartoon openings, syndicated show promos, local station movie opens, evening news segments, terrible late night ads and finally a WNEW news headline voice-over and star-spangled sign-off. (Of course, there's an annoying Emergency Broadcast System break in there too.) I'm just getting started on the actual assembling of the pieces, from the best quality source material I have, so check back in a few months...

WNEW-AM- Ted Brown telling a lame joke.

WOR 4 O’clock Movie bumper - "Strategic Air Command will return."

Commander Oil - Remember the trucks with the German Shepherds on top? This ad's a little garbled, but worth it.

Two Guys

Dial Santa - Peter Billingsley.

Korvette’s

WKTU

Playworld

WABC 4:30 movie bumper

Childworld

Sasson – NY Rangers Phil Esposito, Ron DuGuay (?) and two others, skating around like a bunch of chooches.

Ritz Thrift Shop (partial) - "You don't need a million to look like a million." "Oh, thank you..."

WPLJ - (1978)

WABC-AM - (1978)

Magic Garden LP - Paula and Carole hawking a record, plus the poster and markers.

Cross at the Green PSA

Macy’s Thanksgiving

WNEW NJ Newsbreak card

WNEW Lucy card

WNEW Big Apple Minute – Bill Boggs, City Island (1980)

JFK Express - "Take the train to the plane." (1980)

Drucker’s - "Shop me last!"

Crazy Eddie - (1981)

WKHK

WNEW Merv card

WNEW 10 O’clock News card

Crazy Eddie

Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Most boring commercial ever--they don't even show any gardens!

WOR Bowling For Dollars outro

WNEW Woody Woodpecker card

WPIX Mighty Mouse outro, card

WNEW Little Rascals card

Lotto - (1982)

Ringling Bros., Madison Square Garden

Alexander’s

Great Adventure Roaring Rapids (Joe Namath)

WPIX movie - That’s Entertainment (partial)

Crazy Eddie

WPIX Movie card

WNEW News card

Mays Bankruptcy

WNEW Movie card

Colonial Yankee Franks (George Steinbrenner)

WPIX-FM

WCBS Christmas (Ed Koch, Michele Marsh, Peter Allen, PM Magazine hosts)

WCBS News

WNEW MASH card

WNEW All in the Family card

Robert Fiance School - Rocky rip-off

TSS

Woolworth-Woolco Xmas

Willoughby’s

11 Alive

Mays Xmas

WOR Kiner’s Korner (1980)

US Auto Schools

WPIX card

Nevele

1010 WINS

Shop-Rite 1983

WNEW Woody & Bugs card

WNEW Battle of the Planets (partial)

Sneaker Corner

Korvette’s

WCBS Stanley Siegel card

Jack LaLanne

Bank of Ireland - REALLY bad.

Radio City Music Hall – "Napoleon" movie

WOR Bowling For Dollars

New York Air

Dry Dock Savings Bank

Spinal Cord PSA – Yankee Dave Revering

WNEW Hogan’s Heroes card

WCBS News Brief promo

Two Guys

A&S

Herman’s Warehouse

Korvette’s Xmas

Mays Xmas

Mays Xmas Toys

WNBC Live at 5

Alexander’s Xmas

Mount Airy Lodge - Winter: "Have a fine winter time in the Poconos, with your host with the most in the Poconos, Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge!"

NY State School Bus PSA

WPIX Krofft Superstars card

Globe Shoes - Kotter-looking guy busts a shoe-oriented iambic pentameter.

WPIX Old Timer’s Game card 1983

Impact on Hunger Day - 1983, Met Ed Lynch and Met wife Sandy Swann (who's rather hot, natch).

NY Dairy Council Milk PSA

WYNY

WNEW Flintstones card

Control Data Institute

Robbins Menswear - Nice Jewish boy avers, "My grandfather gave you discounts, my father gave you discounts, someday I'll give you discounts!" (1977)

World Trade Center

Haunted Mansion in Long Branch - The scary original that ran forever.

Astroland - Coney Island

John McKean for Assemblyman

Meadowlands (John Gambling)

St. John’s College

Newmark & Lewis

Annie - Animated ad for the Broadway musical.

Two Guys

WPIX break cards - Including "PIXXX pal Felix Unger." You'd call in and play an Intellivision game on the screen, yelling "Pix! Pix! Pix!" when you wanted the spaceship to fire (or whatever the game was).

WNEW promo

Carabine (WTC)

Sasson (Vince Farragamo)

WNBC Chuck Scarborough

Toy’s R Us (WTC)

WNEW Carol Burnett card

Bob Gigante for Senator

Hudson River Day Line

Lenny’s Clam Bar

WNEW Movie card

Toy’s R Us

Fugazy

Mays

Big Apple Minute – Bill Boggs, Little Italy 1980

Big Apple Minute – Doris McMillon, Lower East Side 1980

WCBS Jim Jensen

News 4 card

Downstairs Up Record Shop

Dial-a-Story

TCI

Daily News Super Zingo

WNBC Live at 5

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Brooklyn Special Olympics

KISS-FM

News 4 promo

Koch for Carter

Fae-Mart

Carvel – Little Miss Half-Pint Beauty Pageant .

WNEW Midday promo

Great Bear

Big Apple Minute – Gil De LaMadrid, Staten Island Ferry 1980 (WTC)

WOR Editorial (partial)

WINS-AM (WTC)

TSS Xmas

Playworld

Martin Paint

Carter NY Primary

Kaufman Carpet

11 Alive

WAPP

WABC-AM (Yogi Berra)

QP’s and Ceaser’s Bay Bazaar

San Michel, Verducci Leather - Early rap and breakdancing. Must be seen to be believed.

11 Alive

Dairy PSA

Avenue I Flea Market

Sam Goody

WABC

Record World TSS

Record World TSS

Sports Cards

WOR - Briefly, a young Sara Lee Kessler.

WABC

WOR-AM John Gambling & Gene Klavan

WPIX Movie promo

WOR

Mount Airy Lodge - Spring: "Have a fling in the spring in the Poconos, at your host with the most in the Poconos. Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge!"

Wild West City - Regrettably, not the one with Uncle Floyd Vivino, but the one with the old-timer asking, "Where's Wild West City at?"

New Jersey’s Got It

WABC 4:30 Movie promo

Rockaway’s Playland

Music Line

WCBS News cards

Two Guys Xmas

WOR Movie

Albert Merrill School - Jimmy Randolph escorts young women new to the big city to the AMS.

WYNY

WNEW Woody card

Prejudice PSA - "Jimmy's my Jewish friend!"

Big Apple Circus

Bike Safety PSA - Opens with kid taken away on stretcher. Officer asks kid's father if he ever taught the kid the rules of the road. "I thought he had a little common sense!" splutters the unconcerned pop. Officer chastises dad slowly for a very long minute.

Integration PSA

New York Daily News - Reagan shot, 1981.

Gloria Marshall

NYC Summer Jobs 1981

KISS-FM

WHT

Steve’s Pier 1 - In Bayville. I'm sure Jackie the Jokeman Martling got thrown out of here many a time.

Little Shop of Horrors

Koch for Governor

Lotto

Clean Up NY PSA (Danny Aiello)

Clam Broth House

Anti-Graffiti PSA - Irene Cara, Gene Anthony Ray, Mike Newlin, Hector Ramos.

Circle Line (WTC)

WHN

WNEW Woody card

WPIX-FM (Peter Allen)

Lotto

WPIX bumper

Dana Lincoln-Mercury

Carvel – Fudgie the Whale!

WCBS News

WNBC promo

Blackstone the Musical

Genovese Xmas (William B. Williams)

WNEW Scott Muni

WPIX News

Potamkin

Crazy Eddie

Brick Church

Western Beef & Farmer’s Market

WAPP

Male Shop

WNEW Popeye card

Keep NY Wet (Don Imus)

WYNY

Keep NY Wet - Noo Yawk kids implore you to "save woughta!"

Gimbel’s - Lori Loughlin.

Teddy’s - Tribeca restaurant.

WDHA

Bronx Zoo - Paul Simon heard singing "At the Zoo."

WNBC Jane Hanson

Foodtown

Haunted Mansion and Amusement Pier

Cadillac Furs

WCBS 101

WNBC News

WNEW Mission: Impossible card

Action Park

WCBS News

Rainbow Shops

WKHK - Deborah Shelton.

Hotel Seville

WOR Movie

Marriott’s Essex House

Coronet - Yes, it's those two tuxedoed, mustachioed brothers of the bad read and stiff walk. And no talking orangutans.

Collingwood Hotel

WNEW-FM Calendar

Dial-a-Joke

WNEW Abbott & Costello card

WOR Xmas

Charles & Lillian Brown’s Hotel - Featuring, I kid you not, the Jerry Lewis disco.

Ernie Anastos

Lenny’s Clam Bar

Castro Convertibles - Bernadette Castro, all growns up.

Golden Nugget Casino

WHTZ Z-100 (WTC)

SAFE Car Dealer - Brooklyn's own, with New York Cosmo Giorgio Chinaglia.

WPIX Star Trek card

Kingsburg Amusement Park

Uncle Floyd WBTB channel 68 promo

Milleridge Inn - This joint's been open since, like, 1648 or something.

MAACO

Dime Saving Bank (partial) - "The road to riches starts with the Dime."

Two Guys

Dreyfus

Queens City Savings

Plaza Olds

Flemington Furs

Record World TSS

Korvette’s

Playworld

Fortunoff

Honda of Mineola

Norwalk Factory Outlet

WRFM - Shields & Yarnell do their Clinkers shtick.

Bally’s - Joey Bishop and the infamous Roy Radin introduce some really lame Vaudeville acts.

WOR All Night bumper

Celebrity Commercial Appearances

Here's a partial (!?) listing of celebrities appearing in my commercial collection. (VO means they're only heard as a voiceover or singer, and a question mark means I'm not 100% certain it's who I think it is.) Yeah, some of these folks are pretty damn obscure, but somebody loves them, right? For some, I'll make a little note, but mostly I just think to myself, "Come on, folks remember Karen Austin from 'The Quest' in the early 80's, right?" For a lot of them, I want to write "You'd know 'em if you saw 'em." Ignore the alphanumerics after each product--that's just so I can find the ad quickly if someone wants it. Video and audio quality run the gamut, but if something's really bad, I try to avoid it. If you spot a factual error, please let me know...

Adams, Don -- Aurora Derby c14 / Aurora Skittle games, mult ads, c27

Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet -- Aunt Jemima c23 / Coca Cola c23 / Hotpoint c23 / Aunt Jemima, 2 ads, c24 / Kodak, 2 ads, c24 / Hotpoint c24 /

Aiello, Danny -- Clean Up NY PSA VO c6

Alaskey, Joe -- Hill's toys c4

Alberghetti, Anna Maria -- Maruchan c 4

Albert, Eddie -- National Wildlife Federation PSA c16

Ali, Muhammad -- D-Con c6 / D-Con, mult ads c14 / TVN Enterprises c32 [Ali at his nuttiest. Hilarious.]

Ali, Tatyana -- Pound Puppies c12 / Crest t5

Allen, Debbie -- Hardee's c23 / Bell Phones c61

Allen, Mark (Iron Man) -- Pro-Grain Cereal c16

Allen. Mel -- Bat-Away VO c2 / Rolaids (Relief Man Award) c6

Allen, Nancy -- JC Penney c11

Allen, Peter -- WPIX-FM c2 / same c6 / WCBS Christmas wishes c7

Allen, Steve -- TV Guide '86 c17

Alt, Carol -- Diet Sprite c20 / Cover Girl t2 / Cover Girl t5

Altman, Jeff -- Right Guard c59 / Arby's t5

Anderson, Harry -- GE c1

Anderson, Melissa Sue -- Snoopy Toothbrush c26 / ST, slightly diff. c57

Andy Griffith Show -- Gainesburger c21 / Maxwell House c21

Ant, Adam -- MTV c14

Anthony, Earl (bowler) -- Ebonite Bowling Balls c7 [He's seen walking amongst giant balls. Would I lie to you?]

Archer, Beverly -- Honey Smacks c18 / same c30

Arizzi, Rocky (MD Poster Child) -- McDonald's c3

Armstrong, Neil -- Chrysler Dodge Plymouth c12

Ashe, Arthur -- Montclair Water c9 / AMF Head c21

Asner, Ed -- RIF PSA (#?)

Austin, Karen -- Oster Sandwich Grill c6

Austin, Tracy -- Knudsen Yogurt c9

Average White Band -- Schlitz Malt Liquor c6

Ayres, Leah -- Burger King c5 / Darcy doll c5

Bacall, Lauren -- High Point Coffee c9 / Fortunoff c14 / High Point '83 c20

Bailey, Pearl -- White Westinghouse c2 / Duncan Hines c17

Baio, Scott -- Dr Pepper c8 / same sg11

Baker, Greg (OR MDA Poster Child) -- Superskate event sg12

Bakula, Scott -- Ronzoni c20

Ball, Lucille -- Body Language game c9 / same c14

Baltimore Celebrities -- McDonald's "McHappy Day" 4/27/80: Wild Bill Hagy, Laura Charles, Fred Cook and Joe Ehrmann (Colts "Sack Pack"), Colts announcer Vince Bagley, Mayor William Donald Schaefer, Father Gainey? c3

Barbour, John -- Michelob c21

Barnstable, Cyd and Trish -- Doublemint Gum sg12 [They were also on "Quark."]

Barrymore, Drew -- Northern c7

Barth, Eddie -- Hefty c9 / Hall's c59

Barty, Billy -- Spellbound game c25

Bates, Rhonda -- Great Moves game c25

Bavier, Frances -- see Andy Griffith Show

Baxter-Birney, Meredith -- Clairol Condition t2 / Timemaker Personal Organizer '85 t4

Baylor, Don (Angels) -- In-n-Out Burger c14

Beastie Boys -- MTV Spring Break contest '87 t2

Beatty, Ned -- Will Rogers Institute c17

Benatar, Pat -- MTV c14

Bench, Johnny -- Krylon c11 [He paints--what else?--his bench.]  / Yellow Pages c11 [At his restaurant.]

Benson, Robby -- Gatorade c14

Bergen, Candice -- US Sprint t2

Bergen, Polly -- Pepsi, mult ads, c28

Berra, Yogi -- Yoo Hoo c1 / WABC-AM c2 / GE c12

Berry, Fred -- Great Moves game c25 [You know, Rerun from "What's Happening!"]

Besch, Bibi -- Monvelle c32

Bewitched -- Quaker Instant Oatmeal c24

Billingsley, Peter -- McDonald's Calendar c3 / Longacre Franks c4 / Dial Santa c5 / Lifesavers c12 / Curad c14 / Hershey's (as Messy Marvin) c16 / Darth Vader Case c29

Bird, Larry -- Chardon jeans c7 [Playing a video game at the arcade.]

Bishop, Joey -- Bally's c10 [With the infamous Roy Radin.]

Black, Jay -- Greatest Hits LP c9 [He stands there in his baby blue satin jacket, belting his hits.]

Black, Page Morton -- Chock Full o' Nuts c10 [Hanging with Pinocchio.]

Blackstone, Harry -- Blackstone show c6 [The last two lines of Blackstone's song is cut off for a WNEW ticket promo.]

Blackwood, Nina -- Pringles '86 t2

Blanchard, Susan -- No Nonsense '78 c61 / No Nonsense sg1 / No Nonsense '80 sg4 / No Nonsense sg7

Blanda, George -- NP27 foot spray c22

Bledsoe, Tempest -- PTA PSA c17

Bleeth, Yasmine -- Atari  5200 c1

Bloom, Anne -- Charmin c5

Boggs, Bill -- Big Apple Minute '80 (sea port) c5 / BAM '80 (Little Italy) c8

Bohrer, Corinne -- M Network video games sg12

Bonner, Frank -- Dawn c23 [Herb from "WKRP."]

Bosley, Tom -- Glad c17 / Glad-Lock t4

Bowie, David -- MTV c20

Bradshaw, Terry -- Shell '81 c8

Brecker Quadruplets -- Beech-Nut c22

Breslin, Jimmy -- Detroit News c59

Brett, George -- 7 Up c5

Brimley, Wilford -- Quaker Oatmeal t3 / Quaker, mult. ads t5

Brinkley, Christie -- Cover Girl c12 / Prell t1 / Prell t2

Brittany, Morgan -- Nair c4 / Ban c11

Brodien, Marshall -- Magic Kit c9

Brody, Adrien -- Hot Pockets? t2 [He started acting around this time, and it's tough to mistake that honker.]

Brothers, Dr. Joyce -- Crack PSA c17 [She's against it.]

Brown, Johnny -- Cool Whip c22 / Vicks c22 [Bookman from "Good Times."]

Brown, Ted -- WNEW-AM c5 [NYC radio guy.]

Buktenica, Ray -- Lay's t1

Bulifant, Joyce -- Lovin' Spoonfuls c21 / Lifebuoy c57

Buono, Victor -- Spellbound game? c25

Burghoff, Gary -- IBM, mult. ads t4

Burnett, Carol -- RIF PSA c14

Butkus, Dick -- Wendy's c12

Buttons, Red -- Century Village c10

Burns, George -- Ocean Spray c3

Burns, Jack -- Squibb c22 / Squibb (diff) c23

Bush, George -- '80 Election c1 / '80 Election c2 / For President '80 c8

Camacho, Hector -- NYC Anti-graffiti PSA c6

Cameron, Kirk -- Corn Pops c16 / Fruit Roll-Ups c30 / McDonald's sg5

Capshaw, Kate -- Faberge Organic shampoo c7

Captain Video -- Raisin Bran c25 / Post Tens cereal c25

Cara, Irene -- NYC Anti-graffiti PSA c6 [I have her in a Ford ad too, somewhere...]

Carey, Ron -- Better Cheddars c10 / Vicks c22 / Gaines Biscuits c22 / Honeycomb cereal c25

Carlin, George -- Fuji VHS tapes t4

Carroll, Jerry (Crazy Eddie) -- 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 9 / 16 / 17 / 19 / 68

Carson, Johnny -- Jell-o c24

Carter, Gary (Mets) -- 7 Up c10 / Pringles '86 t2

Carter, Jimmy -- re-elect '80 sg3

Carteris, Gabrielle -- Facts of Life promo c16

Cartwright, Angela -- Lady Schick Speed Styler c32 / see Make Room For Daddy

Casper, Dave -- Right Guard c59

Cates, Phoebe -- Oxywash c9

Catlett, Mary Jo -- Prudential c12 / Sears Ahh Bra c57

Chadwick, John and Susie -- Clairol (Glemby Salons) c23

Chaffee, Suzy -- Girl Scouts c12

Chambers, Marilyn -- Youth Project anti-drug PSA? c32 [I'm about 99 and 44/100ths % certain it's her.]

Charles, Ray -- Maxwell House VO '81 c10 / MH c12

Cher -- Jack LaLanne t2

Chicago White Sox -- c11 [Fans singing "Na Na Na Hey Hey." Or whatever the hell that song's called.]

Chinaglia, Giorgio (Cosmos soccer) -- Safe Car Dealer c10

Chong, Rae Dawn -- Nair c4 / Soft 'n Dri c59

Christine, Virginia (Mrs. Olson, Folger's) -- (poor quality) c23 / saves a hostess c24 / c32 / charades sg11

Christopher, Dennis -- Burger King c1

Clark, Dick -- Columbia House, mult ads sg3

Cody, Iron Eyes -- Keep America Beautiful PSA c32

Colantoni, Enrico -- Meals on Wheels PSA c18

Coleman, Gary -- Kidney Foundation PSA c10

Collins, Joe (Yankees) -- Camel c22

Collins, Stephen -- Folger's c32

Conaway, Jeff -- Almond Joy c25

Connolly, Kevin -- Matchbox Car Wash c1

Conrad, Pete (astronaut) -- Nikon c63

Conrad, Robert -- Eveready c11

Conreid, Hans -- Pepsi c28

Coogan, Keith -- Charmin c5 / Sugar Smacks c9

Cooksey, Danny -- Kid's Point of View t2

Corbett, John -- Faberge Organics t4

Cort, Bud -- Chiffon margarine c22

Cosby, Bill -- Coke c14 / Crest c22 / Crest (as Tooth Decay) c23

Courter, Jim -- For NJ Congress c69

Cousey, Bob (Celtics) -- FL OJ c21

Cox, Courteney -- Dimension Shampoo c12

Cramer, Jack -- FL Orange Juice c21

Cranston, Bryan -- Tootsie Rolls? t2 [Hard to say for sure, but he did a lot of commercials at this time.]

Crenshaw, Ben -- Canon c11

Crosby, Cathy Lee -- VO5 Shampoo c55 [As "Cathy Crosby."]

Crosby, Norm -- Natural Light c59

Crowley, Pat -- House of Almonds t1

Dangerfield, Rodney -- Lite c14

Danza, Tony -- UCP PSA c16 / Diet Rite t5

Davis, Ann B. -- Miracle White (as Schultzie) c1 / Shake n' Bake (slyly suggesting she's Alice) c10

Davis, Mark (Phillies) -- Phillies Franks c8

Davis Jr., Sammy -- Alka-Seltzer c3 / Canada Dry c14 / Alka-Seltzer c64

Dawber, Pam -- Underalls c4 / Cascade c14

Dean, Jimmy -- Jimmy Dean Sausage, 2 ads t2

DeForest, Calvert (see Melman, Larry "Bud")

DeGeneres, Ellen -- Popeye's '83 c10

DeHaven, Gloria -- That's My Color! c23

DeLuise, Dom -- NCR c2

Demas, Carole -- Children's Tylenol c7 / Bufferin t4 / see Magic Garden

Deutsch, Patti -- Charmin c5 / Prudential c8

Diehl, John -- Raisin Bran? sg1 ["Miami Vice" co-star.]

DiMaggio, Joe -- The Bowery Bank c8

Dooley, Paul -- NCR c2 / Sara Lee c21

Drier, Moosie -- Astroblast Power Center c26 [70's kid actor.]

Duffy, Julia -- Hardee's? c24

Duffy, Karen "Duff" -- Salon Selectives t2

Duncan, Sandy -- Skinny Dip cologne c56

Duran, Roberto -- 7 Up (w/son) '80 sg2

Duvall, Shelley -- Library of Congress PSA c17

Dzundza, George -- Safeguard c62

E.T. -- Special Olympics PSA c18 [Okay, not technically a celeb, but he does play himself.]

Earth, Wind & Fire -- Panasonic sg5 [They strut out of a giant boombox. Just as I'd expect them to.]

Easton, Sheena -- WPIX-FM c20

Eccles, Ted -- McDonald's '65 c14

Eilbacher, Lisa -- Pepsi Light c14

Eisenmann, Ike -- Radio Shack c4 / McDonald's '73 c35 / Doublemint Gum sg11

Elfman, Jenna -- Prego??? c67 [Very young if it's her, I believe she got into acting at an early age...]

Elias, Alix -- Maxwell House c21

Elliot, Bob -- American Express c11 / Piels c21

Elliot, Chris -- Smith Bros. Cough Drops? c7 [Looks like him, mannerisms like him...]

Emberg, Kelly -- Palais Royal c2 / Flemington Furs c69 / FF (same?) t2

Emery, Ralph -- Country LP's t4
Englund, Robert -- Freddy's Nightmares (as Freddy Krueger) t2

Erving, Julius "Dr. J" -- Chapstick c9 / BSA Anti-drug PSA c16

Eubanks, Bob -- Hollywood Christmas Parade '80 sg5

Evans, Dale -- Seven Seas dressings c57

Evans, Linda -- Crystal Light '84 c12 / Cocaine PSA t1

Evans, Monica -- Avis c23 [The Pigeon Sister who wasn't Carole Shelley.]

Farber, Barry -- Virex c23 /Virex  c24

Faustino, David -- Prunes c3 / Bactine '80 c8 / Coke? sg4

Fawcett-Majors, Farrah -- Farrah Shampoo c4 / Lady Schick Speed Styler c32

Feldman, Corey -- Milk Mate '80 c5

Fender, Freddy -- WHN 1050 c1

Fenneman, George -- Schick c21

Ferragamo, Vince -- Sasson c4

Ferrare, Christina -- Body on Tap sg1 / same sg4

Fields, Kim -- Kraft BBQ Sauce c11

Fiore, Bill -- AMF c22

Fisk, Carlton -- Copenhagen c1

Fitzgerald, Ella -- Memorex c12

Fitzmaurice, Mike -- Wheaties c24

Flagg, Fannie -- Bird's Eye pudding c22 / Sanka c57

Fleming, Peggy -- Trident c10 / Trident sg6

Flowers, Waylon (& Madame) -- FGS c2 [Really only Madame, for car insurance or something.]

Fonda, Henry -- Department of the Treasury Anti-drug Trafficking PSA c32

Ford, Doug (golfer) -- FL OJ c21

Forster, Terry -- Sports Illustrated c17

Forsythe, John -- Michelob (holidays) c3 / Michelob Light VO c11 / HEW  PSA VO c11 / Fathers PSA c32 / Cope tension pills c55 / Michelob VO, mult ads c59

Foster, Jodie -- McDonald's '72 c35

Fox, Huckleberry -- Howard Johnson c10 / Hershey New Trail c20

Fox, Michael J. -- Cocaine PSA c16 / Pepsi c17

Francis, Arlene -- Phillips c55

Franklin, Diane -- Soft n' Pretty toilet paper c7 / Reese's c12 / same Reese's sg11

Franklin, Tony (place kicker) -- Wheaties c5

Frazier, Clyde -- Pepsi c28

Frazier, Joe -- McDonald's c12

Frazier, Walt -- Natural Light c2

Freeman, Kathleen -- Charmin c22

Friedel, Squire -- Pillsbury c3 / Jovan Musk Oil '78 c5 / Twix '79 c5 / Formula 409 c57

Fuller, Kurt -- Chrysler t2

Funicello, Annette -- Skippy c12

Furst, Stephen -- Tiffles Chips c9

Fury (TV show) -- Borden c21 / Borden, mult. ads c22 / Borden, mult. ads c25

Galloway, Don -- Gillette Atra c59

Gambling, John -- WOR-AM c1 / Meadowlands Racing c4 [NYC radio guy.]

Garagiola, Joe -- Doan's c23

Garland, Grace -- "Live at the Magic Pan"  c19 [Some soap actress, serving up a heap of overwrought singing.]

Garner, James -- Polaroid, mult ads c59

Garr, Teri -- Yo-Yo's Shoes c3

Garrett, Hank -- Sure c12 / Gillette c21 / Crest c22

Gayle, Crystal -- Bureau of Land Management c6

Geer, Will -- Treetots c3

Gerard, Gil -- Harvey's c21

Getty, J. Paul -- E.F. Hutton c23 [Must be seen to be believed. Comes off more hostage than pitchman. Weird!]

Gibbons, Euell -- Grape-Nuts c25

Gibbs, Marla -- Accent c3

Gielgud, John -- Paul Masson '84 c20

Gifford, Frank -- FL OJ c21 / Planters c21

Gifford, Kathie Lee -- Summit candy bar c2 / Carnival Cruises t1

Gigante, Bob -- For State Senator c4

Gilbert, Melissa -- Noxzema sg11

Gilford, Jack -- Lay's c11

Ginty, Robert -- FTD Florist c61

Glover, Danny -- Miller? c63

Gold, Missy -- Barbie Dream House c12

Goldin, Ricky Paull -- AFX? c2 / Pop Rocks c7 / RC Cola? c17

Goodman, Dody -- Raisin Bran c13

Goodman, John -- Caramello (dubbed voice?) c4 / MCI c12 / York Peppermint Patties sg12

Gorney, Karen Lynn -- Close-Up? c59

Gosselaar, Mark Paul -- Cookie Crisp? c18

Goulding, Ray -- American Express c11 / Piels c21

Gowdy, Curt -- Goodwill Games VO '86 c17

Graubert, Judy -- JC Penney Catalog c11 / Ocusol c22 / Crunch n' Munch c25 / Glad-Lock t4 [Electric Company actress.]

Graves, Peter -- see Fury

Gray, Erin -- Scatter Perm c55

Green, Seth -- Matchbox Car Wash c1 / White Cloud c18

Greene, "Mean" Joe -- Coke c12

Gretzky, Wayne -- (w/ son Keith) 7 Up sg7

Grey, Joel -- Meals on Wheels PSA c18

Grier, Roosevelt "Rosey" -- Pringles '86 t2

Griese, Bob -- Screwball game c25

Griffith, Andy -- see Andy Griffith Show

Guillaume, Robert -- Bounce c23

Guttenberg, Steve -- Gleem c13

Hack, Shelley -- JC Penney c11

Hale, Barbara -- Amana microwaves c11

Hall, Jerry -- Sasson c9 / Cella Wines c11

Hamer, Rusty -- see Make Room For Daddy

Hamill, Dorothy -- Ice Capades  [?]

Hamill, Mark -- March of Dimes PSA c61

Hamilton, Margaret -- Maxwell House (as Cora) '79 c11 / MH, mult ads c21

Hampton, James -- Solarian Tile c1

Harris, Mel -- Secret c18

Harry, Deborah -- Murjani GV jeans c4

Hart, Roxanne -- American Express c20

Hartley, Mariette -- Polaroid c12 / Polaroid, mult ads c59

Hartman, David -- Good Morning America c11

Hartman, Phil -- Activision Hockey c5

Havlichek, John -- YMCA c5

Hayes, Helen -- Home S&L c21

Haysbert, Dennis -- Mattel Electronic Basketball c7

Hemingway, Margaux -- Babe from Faberge c5

Hemsley, Sherman -- NyQuil c21

Henderson, Florence -- Tang c2 / Sears Optical '80 c8 / Wesson c16 / Klean 'n Shine, mult ads, c21 / Wesson t4

Henning, Doug -- Minolta c3

Hervey, Jason -- Hot Wheels c6 / Hostess? c7 / Fruit Roll-Ups c30

Hines, Gregory -- Sanka t1

Hinnant, Skip -- Sure c12 / Gillette VO c21 / Vicks c22 / Bloo VO c30 [Electric Company actor.]

Hirsch, Judd -- JC Penney c11

Ho, Don -- Pond's c11

Hobel, Mara -- Busy Puppets c5 / Bryan Meats c8 / Holly Hobbie Day n' Night c10 / Dolly Pops c14 / McDonald's? sg11 [She played Joan Crawford's daughter in "Mommie Dearest."]

Hoffman, Basil -- Gorgeous Creatures dolls c8 / Munchos c57

Hogan, Ben -- AMF [?]

Holder, Geoffrey -- 7 Up c6 / 7 Up sg12

Holloway, Sterling -- Tuneyville Choo-Choo VO? c9

Holtzman, Liz -- political ad c20

Houseman, John -- Puritan Oil c20

Houston, Whitney -- Diet Coke t5

Howard, Ron -- see Andy Griffith Show

Howdy Doody Show -- Rice Krispies c24

Huddleston, David -- Citrus Hill c6

Hunley, Leeann -- Ford c7

Hurst, Rick -- Gatorade c14

Hutton, Lauren -- Ultima c1

Hutton, Timothy -- "Teenage Suicide" show promo c3

Iacocca, Lee -- Chrysler '80 c11 / Chrysler c12 / Plymouth TC3 c14

Idol, Billy -- MTV c20

Imus, Don -- Water Conservation PSA c9 / WNBC shrink c17 / WNBC (w/Stern) c20

Iron Sheik -- WWF Thumb Wrestlers c18

Isaacson, Peter -- Great Moves game c25

Jack, Wolfman -- Clearasil c3

Jackson, J.J. -- MTV jacket c8

Jackson, Michael -- Pepsi c12 / Pepsi c18 / Pepsi, mult. ads "The Magic Begins" c70

Jackson, Reggie -- Panasonic c10 / Reggie candy bar c61

Jackson, Victoria -- MCI c14

Jacksons -- Pepsi c12 / Pepsi c18

Jacobi, Lou -- Pepto Bismol c21

Jagger, Mick -- MTV c6

James, Jessica -- Sermonette c19 [Eddie's mom in "Diner." She quotes a long Kipling passage. Died a long time ago. Both of them.]

James, Tommy (and the Shondells) -- Schlitz Malt Liquor c6

Janis, Paula -- see Magic Garden

Janssen, David -- Excedrin, 2 ads c56

Jenner, Bruce -- Minolta c2 / Tropicana c12 / Pringles '86 t2

Jeter, Michael -- Theragran M c10

Johnson, Arte -- Toys R Us c5 / Toys R Us c7

Johnson, Earvin "Magic" -- 7 Up c5 / same sg3

Johnson, Ray Jay  (Bill Saluga)-- Natural Lite c1 / Einstein game c5 / Einstein c8

Johnson, Van -- Oat Flakes c25

Jones, Deacon -- Parkay c7

Jones, James Earl -- Fisher Systems VO c19

Jones, Janet -- Shasta c9 / same sg12

Jones, Shirley -- Consumers Catalog c10 / Triscuit c12

Jourdan, Louis -- Prell c22

Jump, Gordon -- Shakey's Pizza c13

Kaliban, Bob -- Yard Master c24 / Mego 1973 industry reel c27

Kaplan, Gabe -- Pepsi c6

Karen, James -- Pathmark c18

Keaton, Buster -- Simon Pure Beer c28

Kelly, Roz -- Great Moves game c25

Kennedy, Mimi -- Hall's? c57

Kerns, Joanna -- Post Fruit & Fibre c20 / Joy c62

Kerr, Jim -- WNEW '83 Calendar c9 / WPLJ c17 [NYC DJ.]

Kiff, Kaleena -- Honey Nut Cheerios? c17

Kind, Richard -- Mad Magazine Game '79 c8

Kiner, Ralph -- Foamy c7 / Wheaties c24

Klavan, Gene -- WOR am c1 [NYC radio guy.]

Kimbrough, Charles -- Levi's Panatela c63

King, Alan -- North Shore Animal League c18

Kline, Kevin -- Schlitz Malt Liquor c21 [As Robin Hood.]

Knievel, Evel -- Motocross Bike c25 / Roadmaster Wheels c25 [He's in one but not the other, I forget which.]

Knight, Chris -- Twix '83 c9

Knight, Gladys (and the Pips) -- Coke c59

Knotts, Don -- Gaines Meal c22 / Gaines Meal  c23 / Gaines Meal  c24 / see also Andy Griffith Show

Koch, Ed -- Election c1 / For Carter '80 c2 / For Governor c6 / WCBS Christmas wishes c7 / For Gov. c10

Kool and the Gang -- Schlitz Malt Liquor c12

Kopell, Bernie -- Lifebuoy c57

Kopins, Karen -- Thom McAn c7 / Seagrams t5

Krakowski, Jane -- Stop Thief game c5

Kulp, Nancy -- Planter's Cheez Balls c8

Lacy, Jerry -- Right Guard c55 [As Humphrey Bogart--yep, that guy.]

Ladd, Cheryl -- Michelob c59

LaLanne, Jack -- JL Spas c2 / Spas c3 / Spas c5 / Twist-Away c32 /

Lamm, Robert (Chicago) -- Youth Project anti-drug PSA c32

Lampert, Zohra -- Goya, mult ads c20

Lancaster, Burt -- MCI c20

Landers, Audrey -- Tegrin c11

Landon, Michael -- Kodak Ektra c3

Landry, Tom -- Power for Living book c19

Lane, Nathan -- Cheetos c14 / Cherry NyQuil t4
Lasorda, Tommy -- Union 76 c2 / Yoplait '83 c3 [Speaking French.]

Lauper, Cyndi -- MTV c20

Laurance, Mitchell (or possibly Matthew) -- Secret t2 [They're twins, so who knows.]

Lauren, Tammy -- Barbie Fashion Face c26 / Barbie Town House c26

Lauria, Dan -- Schaefer c7

Lawlor, John -- McDonald's c59 / Dancerella c60

Lawrence, Joey -- Chips Ahoy c12 / Care Bears Books c67

LeBlanc, Matt -- Facts of Life promo c16 / Heinz Ketchup c69 / same Heinz t2

Lee, Will -- Commercial Credit Control Data c11 [Mr. Hooper!]

Leeds, Phil -- Tilex t4 [I also suspect he's Twinkles the Clown in a terrifying old Post cereal ad, but I'm still trying to verify that...]

Lembeck, Harvey -- Duz c22

Leno, Jay -- Cool Ranch Doritos c17 / Cool Ranch Doritos t1

Leonard, "Sugar" Ray -- 7 Up (with Jr.) '80 sg2

Leonard, Sheldon -- Post Crispy Critters VO c23 / Post (diff) c24

Lewis, Emmanuel -- McDonald's Calendar c3 / Burger King '83 c7 / BK c12

Lewis, Jenny -- Merry Go Round Stroller? c5 / Baby Skates c9

Lewis, Jerry -- Spellbound gamec 25

Lewis, Vicki -- Ajax c16

Light, Judith -- Hostess t5

Linkletter, Art -- Contour Chairs c16 / Circus mixed nuts c23 / Contour Chairs c69

Linkletter, Diane -- Circus mixed nuts c23

Lipton, Peggy -- Canada Dry c22

Little, Rich -- Little Debbie (as Robin Leach) t5

Lockhart, June -- Gravy Train '76 c11

Locklear, Heather -- Faberge Organic Shampoo c12 / Sea & Ski? c14 / Jack LaLanne Spas, mult ads c20

Logan, Johnny (Braves) -- Camel c22

London, Julie -- Rose Milk c11

Long, Loretta -- Cool Whip c22 [Now I forget if she was on Sesame Street or Electric Company.]

Lord, Marjorie -- see Make Room For Daddy

Lormer, Jon -- Latter Day Saints PSA c16 [The old man in "Creepshow" who wanted his cake.]

Louganis, Greg -- Olympic Coins PSA c20

Loughlin, Lori -- Trapper Keeper c6 / Tab c8 / Gimbels c9

Louise, Tina -- Arrid c5

Lowell, Carey -- JC Penney? c65

Lujack, Larry -- WLS c6 [Chicago radio guy.]

Lunden, Joan -- Lite Brite c12

Lyman, Dorothy -- Lime-Away c8

Lynch, Ed (Mets) -- Food Drive c3

Lynde, Paul -- Maxwell House c21 [Looking positively demented.]

Lynn, Loretta -- Crisco c8 / Crisco (w/ Boo) c9 / Crisco '82 c10 / Crisco c17 / Crisco (w/ daughters) t1

Jones, Henry -- Sidekicks candy c25

M*A*S*H cast -- IBM t4 [The second bananas, anyway.]
Macchio, Ralph -- Bubble Yum '80 c4

MacDowell, Andie -- Calvin Klein Jeans c12

MacGraw, Ali -- Polaroid Swinger c24 /

Madden, Dave -- Mealtime VO c11

Madden, John -- Lite c14

Magic Garden (Paula Janis, Carole Demas) -- LP c5

Majors, Lee -- Diet Rite c1

Make Room for Daddy -- Maxwell House c21 / Sugar Crisp c23 / Grape-Nut Flakes c24 /

Malden, Karl -- American Express mult ads c11 / AmEx c12

Manchester, Melissa -- WPIX-FM c2

Mandrell, Barbara -- Kinney c18

Mantle, Mickey -- OK Cable '86 c18 / Florida Orange Juice c22 / Florida Orange Juice (diff) c23

Maris, Roger -- Post Sugar Crisp c24

Marshall, Rex -- Maxwell House c21

Martin, Barney -- Maxim c21

Martin, Billy -- A's Manager c8 / Lite, mult ads  c14 / Pepto Bismol c21 / NP27 foot spray c22

Martin, Pamela Sue -- Yardley c22 [As "Pam Martin."]

Marx, Chico -- Prom c28

Marx, Groucho -- DeSoto c28

Marx, Harpo -- Pepsi c28 / Prom c28

Masak, Ron -- Nice n' Soft toilet paper c3 / Tropicana c5 [Doing his Lou Costello schtick.] / Kellogg's sg7

Mattson, Robin -- Santa Barbara t2

McCann, Chuck -- Pringles c4 / Jack in the Box c12 / Byrrh aperitif c22

McCarthy, Kevin -- "Alone Together" play c19

McCashin, Constance -- No Nonsense sg1

McClure, Marc -- Kellogg's sg7

McClurg, Edie -- McDonald's t1

McCormick, Maureen -- Great Moves game c25

McEnroe, John -- Bic Razors c14

McEwen, Mark -- Chunky Soup c17 / WPIX 11 c20 / Federal Express c20

McGinley, Ted -- The Gap c14

McGovern, Terry -- Shell '81 c8 / Vivitar sg5

McKean, John -- For Assemblyman, NYC c4

McKeon, Doug -- Ice Bird  c27 / Alpha-Bits c7 / Bubble Yum c30

McMahon, Ed -- Providence Federal c3 / Budweiser VO c11 / Bud VO c22 / Bud VO t5

McMillon, Doris -- Big Apple Minute (Lower East Side) '80 c8

Meadows, Audrey -- Butterball c8

Melle Mel -- NYC Crack PSA c17

Melman, Larry "Bud" -- Pringles '86 t2

Melton, Sid -- see Make Room for Daddy

Melvin, Allan -- Liquid-Plumr, 2 ads c57

Mendenhall, David -- Lay's '82 c6

Meredith, Burgess -- Bulova VO c11 / Keds VO c14 / Honda VO c16 / Honda Civic VO c67 / Florida OJ VO t4

Meredith, Don -- Showermate c9

Meriwether, Lee -- Hollywood Christmas Parade '80 sg5

Meyers, Ann -- 7 Up c5 / same sg3

Michaelson, Melissa -- Darcy doll c5

Midler, Bette -- WPIX-FM c19

Milano, Alyssa -- AIDS PSA c16

Milligan, Spencer -- Anacin c61 / Colony Wine c61 [Rick Marshall from "Land of the Lost."]

Milonakis, Andy -- Chew-eez? t2 [Can't imagine it could be anyone else.]

Miner, Jan (Madge) -- Palmolive c20 / P c32

Miss America 1957 Marian Ann McKnight -- FL Grapefruit Juice, 2 ads c21

Miss Teenage USA Collette Daiute -- Ford c32

Miss Universe Irene Saez 1981 -- Carefree Gum [?]

Mizerak, Steve (billiards) -- Miller Lite c63

Modean, Jayne -- Burger King Star Wars glasses c2 / Maybelline Kissing Stick c3 / Downy c12

Modine, Matthew -- Bell c13

Molinaro, Al -- Southwest Bank c6

Monroe, Bill -- Screwball game c25

Monroe, Earl "the Pearl" -- Jordache c5

Monroe, Marilyn -- Union Oil c28

Montalban, Ricardo -- Chrysler c1 / Chrysler Cordoba c64

Montana, Joe -- Schick c20

Montgomery, Elizabeth -- see Bewitched

Moore, Mary Tyler -- Hotpoint (as Happy Hotpoint), 2 ads, c24 / Juvenile Diabetes Foundation PSA t2

Morgan, Harry -- Gaines Complete c22

Morse, Robert -- Pringles c4

Moschitta, John -- Federal Express c12

Mr. Bill -- Pringles '86 t2

Muni, Scott -- WNEW "Conversation with Yoko" c6 / WNEW 1983 Calendar c9 [NYC radio guy.]

Muppets -- Polaroid 6 / National Wildlife Federation PSA, mult ads c16

Nabors, Jim -- "Heart-Touching Magic of... " LP sg3 [So seventies it hurts. Especially since it was the early 80's.]

Namath, Joe -- Great Adventure c5 / Flash game c8 / St. Mary's linen c21 / St. Mary's linen (same) c23

Narz, Jack -- Fixodent c22 / see Captain Video

Naughton, David -- Dr Pepper, mult ads c4 / DP c6 / DP c7 / DP c11 / DP sg6

Nelson: Ozzie, Harriet, Ricky, David -- Ricky, Listerine toothpaste c24 / see also Adventures of...

Nelson, Jimmy (and Farfel the Dog) -- Nestle (old clips) t2

New Jersey Saints (Lacrosse) -- 2/87 c17

New York Giants Defense -- Pepsi Lite c8

Newlin, Mike -- NYC Anti-graffiti PSA c6

Newman, Barry -- Budget Rent-a-Car c12

Newman, Randy -- Nike c12 [Singing "I Love L.A."]

Newmar, Julie -- Vicks c22

Newton, Connie -- Milky Way c9

Newton, Juice -- Pringles '86 t2

Nicklaus, Jack -- Coke c4

Nicks, Stevie -- MTV c6

Nielsen, Leslie -- Ford VO c11 / Ford c11 / Whirlpool VO c61

Nimoy, Leonard -- Bell Labs VO, mult ads c13 / Shearson VO c20

Nixon, Richard -- Nixon Now! '72 c24

Nixon, Willard (Red Sox)-- Camel c22

Nye, Louis -- Cool Whip c22

O'Connell, Jerry -- Oreo c16 / Duncan Hines? c20

O'Connor, Donald -- Absorbine Jr. c11

Olsen, Merlin -- FTD Christmas t4 / FTD Easter t5

Olson, Susan -- Sindy doll c1

O'Hara, Catherine -- Dristan c9

O'Neal, Patrick -- KOST-FM c2 / New York Post c19

Orbison, Roy -- Sasson c7

O'Ross, Ed -- Schaefer c7

O'Rourke, Heather -- Rainbow Brite c30

Osmond, Donny and Marie -- Hawaiian Punch c3 / HP '82 c14

Page, Janis -- "Alone Together" play c19

Palmer, Arnold -- Hertz c17

Palmer, Bud -- FL OJ, mult ads  c21

Palmer, Jim -- Flash game c8

Pankin, Stuart -- Crocker Banks c7 / OK Cable c19

Parker, Sarah Jessica -- Ramblin' Root Beer [As Little Orphan Annie.]  c6

Parseghian, Ara -- Ford '73 c11

Paul, Richard -- Wendy's c12

Pearl, Minnie -- Spic and Span sg11

Pele -- Pepsi 14 / Pepsi c28

Peller, Clara -- Wendy's c12

Peluce, Meeno -- Burnin' Key Cars c2 / Tiffles Chips c9

Pendergrass, Teddy -- Celebrity Jeans c6

Pendleton, Austin -- Caravelle candy c25

Perdue, Frank -- Perdue Chicken [Duh.] c12 / c17 / t2

Pierce, Billy (White Sox) -- Camel c22

Pintauro, Danny -- Snoopy Playmate c1

Piscopo, Joe -- Miller Lite [as "Bruce Piscopo," really bad Bruce Lee take-off] '87 t5

Pitt, Brad -- Mountain Dew t5

Pittsburgh Penguins -- Jug Night '82 c10

Pittsburgh Steelers -- Uniroyal Tires c63

Plato, Dana -- Luv-It clothes c2 / Noxzema c8 / Medic-Alert Bracelet PSA c9

Platters -- Schlitz Malt Liquor c12

Plimpton, George -- Intellivision '80c 4

Porizkova, Paulina -- Revlon? c19

Poston, Tom -- Tomy Pocket Cars c2

Presley, Priscilla -- Gordon's Jewelers t4

Price, Leontyne -- United Negro College Fund c19 [Bad!]

Price, Vincent -- No Jelly candy bar c25 / Tilex t4

Priest, Pat -- Weight Loss Clinics c3

Prince, Faith -- NyQuil t2

Principal, Victoria -- Holiday Spa c5 / Jhirmack Hair Spray sg12

Pulliam, Keshia Knight -- Disney World c17 / Pepsi c28

Purcell, Sarah -- Fayva c19

Questel, Mae -- Scottowels c1 / Scottowels, 2 ads c57 [As Aunt Bluebell. I also have her as the voice of Matty Mattel.]

Radin, Roy -- Bally's c10 [Look him up. I dare you.]

Ralph, Sheryl Lee -- Sprint? c20

Ramos, Alex -- NYC Anti-graffiti PSA c6

Randall, Tony -- UNICEF PSA c19

Randolph, Jimmy -- Albert Merrill School c1

Rapp, Joel -- Big Apple Minute (Clinton Community Garden) c18

Rashad, Phylicia -- Disney World c17

Rawls, Sarah ("Down-Home Chef") -- Accent '82 c8 / Accent '81 sg7

Ray, Gene Anthony -- NYC Anti-graffiti PSA c6

Reagan, Ronald -- "Reagan Reports" 10/12/80 (4m.)  c3 / For President c8 / "Morning in America" c12

Redgrave, Lynn -- Weight Watchers Yogurt t5

Reese, Mason -- Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins c2

Reeves, Dan (Broncos coach) -- Dry Idea t2

Regina -- McGruff PSA c16

Reilly, Charles Nelson -- Excedrin c55 [Sans toupee.]

Revering, Dave (Yankee) -- Spinal Cord PSA c3

Rich, Buddy -- Synsonics Drums c5

Richie, Lionel -- Pepsi 12 / MTV c20

Riggs, Bobby -- Power Tennis c25

Riley, Jack -- Honda Civic c14

Ringwald, Molly -- Raisins c10

Riperton, Minnie -- American Cancer Society c5

Rist, Robbie -- Cheetos '81 c9

Rizzuto, Phil -- Money Store c14 / MS Xmas c17 / MS, mult ads c19 / MS c68

Robards, Jason -- Commercial Credit Control Data, mult ads  c11 / National Council on Alcoholism PSA c19

Roberts, Doris -- Fasteeth? c23

Roberts, Pernell -- Horizon (as "Simon Stone") c21 / Ecotrin t2 / Ecotrin t5

Roberts, Robin (Phillies) -- FL OJ c21

Robertson, Oscar -- Pepsi c28

Robinson, Edward G. -- Toastem c25

Roche, Eugene -- Ajax c9 / Bird's Eye pudding c22

Rogers, Kenny -- Dole t2

Rogers, Roy -- Grape-Nuts c25 / Seven Seas dressings c57

Rolle, Esther -- Blue Bonnet c2

Romero, Cesar -- Airports VO c32

Rooney, Mickey -- Dr Pepper sg6

Rose, Pete -- Grecian Formula '82 c10 / Kool Aid c16 / same Kool Aid c17 / Nestle Crunch t2

Roth, J.D. -- Nestle Crunch c7

Rubik, Erno -- Rubik's Magic Puzzle '86 c18 [Dracula appears in this. I think the joke is that they have the same accent.]

Ruprecht, David -- Green Spot drinks c6 / A1 Steak Sauce c7 / McDonald's c11

Russo, Rene -- Aziza Mascara? sg7

Rutherford III, Johnny (race driver) --Oldsmobile t2 [With son, below.]

Rutherford IV, Johnny -- Olds t2

Ryan, Fran -- Hungry Jack Biscuits c61

Ryan, Meg -- Aim '81 c9

Saluga, Bill (see Johnson, Ray Jay)

Sanders, "Colonel" Harland -- Kentucky Fried Chicken c12 / KFC c13

Sara, Mia -- Canon c9

Sarandon, Susan -- Yardley c22

Savage, Brad -- Hostess c10 / McDonald's '74? c35

Savage, Fred -- Pac-Man Vitamins c9 / Fruit Roll Ups c18 / Cocoa Krispies t5

Savage, Randy -- Rubik's Magic Puzzle '86 c18

Savalas, George -- Blue Bonnet c2

Savalas, Telly -- Boys' Club c17 / Ford c20

Schell, Ronnie -- Speed Tracker Baseball c16 / Great Moves game c25

Schenkel, Chris -- Owens-Illinois glass bottles c4

Schull, Richard B. -- Long John Silver '77 c4 / Vlasic Dills t1

Schreiber, Avery -- Squiibb c22 / Squibb  c23

Schwartz, Scott -- Oh What a Mountain game c4 / Macy's "Billy the Kid" clothes c4 / Alligator game c9 / Chapstick c9 / Yoo-Hoo c12

Scott, Barbara Ann (skater) -- Florida Orange Juice c24

Seagren, Bob -- 3M Business Products Centers c23

Seaver, Tom -- Sporting News c19 / Screwball game c25

Selleca, Connie -- Tickle c59

Selleck, Tom -- Chaz c3 / same c5

Serendipity Singers -- White Castle '79 c7 [Who? Beats me, but of the three guys and three gals in this group, I'm gonna say four of them were stoned during filming.]

Sergeant Slaughter -- G.I Joe contest c17

Shalit, Gene -- Kodak Disc Camera c8

Shaud, Grant -- Macy's c17

Sheedy, Ally -- Tic Tac c4 / Clearasil c24

Sheffer,  Craig -- Crush c7

Shelton, Deborah -- WKHK-FM c9

Shepherd, Cybill -- Montclair Water c9 / Loreal t5

Sheridan, Rondell -- AT&T t5

Shields and Yarnell -- WRFM-FM c10

Shortridge, Stephen -- Certs sg12

Shue, Elisabeth -- Oxywash c9

Sikking, James B. -- Firestone c11

Silk, Van -- NYC Crack PSA c17

Silver, Ron -- Scottowels c57

Silverman, Jonathan -- Mad Magazine Game? '79 c8

Silvers, Phil -- Camel c22

Simmons, Richard -- Anatomy Asylum c9

Simpson, O.J. -- Treesweet OJ c2 / Hertz c17 / Boys' Club c18 / Ginsu Knives [Kidding.]

Sinatra, Frank -- Chrysler Imperial c8 / Chrysler c12

Slater,  Helen -- Raisin Bran sg1

Slattery, Richard X. -- Union 76 Gas (as Murph) Christmas c9

Smith, Buffalo Bob -- see Howdy Doody Show

Smith, Hal -- Mattel Electronics '80 c4 [Otis the Drunk as Santa!]

Smith, Kathy -- Gillette t2 [Now that I think of it, this might be a still shot, not an appearance.]

Smith, Ozzie -- Vess soda c6

Smith, Shawnee -- McDonald's? c2

Smith, Shelley -- Ban c12 / Ban (same?) c64

Smith, Will -- Fresh Prince Hotline c69 / same t2

Snow, Phoebe -- Pillsbury cake VO c17

Sokol, Marilyn -- NY Lottery c17

Soles, P.J. -- Polaroid Polavision c11 / Pampers c21

Somers, Suzanne -- Ace Hardware '81 c6 / Ace Christmas '80 c7

Sparks, Dana -- Secret t2

Stang, Arnold -- Nerfles? VO c17 / Honey Nut Cheerios? c17 / Crest VO c22 / Wacky Wheel VO c25

Stanley, Florence -- Honda '87 c18

Stapleton, Jean -- Gain c22

Staubach, Roger -- Rolaids c9

Steinbrenner, George -- Yankee Franks c7 / Lite c14 / Pepto Bismol c21

Stern, Howard -- WNBC (w/ Imus) c20 [Okay, he's not really in it. His poster is defaced by passersby. As a fan I had to include it.]

Stevenson, McLean -- Dolly Madison c13

Stewart, Jackie -- Mustang '79 c11

Stewart, James -- Firestone c11 / American Cancer Society ("The Shootist" scene) c23

Stiles, Ryan  -- Chrysler t2

Strangis, Judy -- Barbie Star Traveler c4 / same c26 / same c3 [She played Dynagirl to Diedre Hall's Electra-Woman. But you knew that.]

Strawberry, Darryl -- Milk c18

Sullivan, Susan -- Tylenol t1 / Tylenol t2

Sure, Al B. -- 900 Hotline c69

Swayze, John  Cameron -- Squibb Vigran c23

Swayze, Patrick -- Burger King c14

Tambor, Jeffrey -- Breakstone's c1

Tanner, Chuck (Pirates) -- Fireworks Night '83 c9

Tayback, Vic -- Animals PSA c8

Taylor, Holland -- America's Banks c11

Taylor, Robert -- Maxwell House c21

Teefy, Maureen -- McDonald's sg11

Thomas, Danny --see Make Room For Daddy

Thomas, Dave -- Cadbury c3 [From SCTV, not Wendy's.]

Thomas, David Clayton -- RC Cola VO c17

Thomas, Jay -- Time-Life Books c19

Three Stooges -- Simoniz c28

Tiegs, Cheryl -- Sears c5 / Scatter Perm c55

Tobolowsky, Stephen -- Federal Express c6

Toski, Bob (golfer) -- Dash c22

Townshend, Pete -- MTV c6

Travalena, Fred -- CBN line-up (as Jack Benny and George Burns), two ads t2

Tune, Tommy -- American Lung  Association PSA c17 / My One and Only c20

Twiggy -- American Lung  Association PSA c17 / My One and Only c20

Tyler, Willie (& Lester) -- Toyota c1

Urseth, Bonnie -- Wrigley's Gum c9

Van Ark, Joan -- Harvey's c21

Vale, Michael -- Breakstone's (as Sam Breakstone) c1 / Breakstone's c2  / Dunkin' Donuts c12 / Consumer Catalog PSA c61

Valentine, Bobby -- Sports Illustrated c17

Valery, Dana -- Lenny's Clam Bar c10

Vance, Vivian -- Maxwell House (as Maxine) c11 / MH c21

Vanderbilt, Gloria -- GV belts c5 / Kids' Wear c8

Vandis, Tito -- Ivory Snow c21

Van Dyke, Dick -- Kodak c3 / Busy Puppets c5

Van Oy, Jenna -- Care Bears underwear? c16

Varney, Jim (as Ernest) -- Braum's c6 / Cream O'Weber Hi-Land milk c7 [Plus a ton of ads that are included on a cheapo Ernest DVD box set I own.]

Vigoda, Abe -- Social Security PSA t5

Villechaize, Herve -- Blue Bonnet c2 [Yes, wearing the bonnet.]

Volz, Nedra -- Jack in the Box c12

Von Furstenburg, Diane -- DVF c2

Von Sydow, Max -- Mueslix VO? t5 [Sure sounds like him.]

Walker, Nancy -- Bounty (as Rosie), mult ads c12

Walker, Wesley -- Meals on Whelels PSA c14

Wallace, George -- Vietnam Message c24

Ward, Lyman -- Skinny Dip cologne c56 [Ferris Bueller's dad.]

Ward, Sela -- Camay c12 / Maybelline '79 sg2 / same Mayb. sg3 / same sg5

Warfield, Marsha -- Burger King '88 t5

Warner, Julie -- Alpo t2

Warner, Malcolm Jamal -- PTA PSA c17 / Disney World c17

Watson, Tom (golf) -- E.F. Hutton c22

Watson, Vernee -- Tonka c14 / Dawn c22 / Cheer t1

Wayne, John -- American Cancer Society (scene from "The Shootist") c23

Wayne, Patrick -- Marathon candy, two ads c25

Weaver, Fritz -- Smithsonian c20

Weitz, Bruce -- Hanes t5

Welch, Raquel -- Vic Tanny Spa c5 / Crystal Light t2

Welles, Orson -- Dark Tower game c5

Wences, Senor -- Parkay c65 [Yes, he does have a real name. Like you know it.]

Westheimer, Dr. Ruth -- OK Cable c19

White, Betty -- Spray n' Wash, mult ads c11

Widdoes, James -- Olds Cutlass '79 c11

Wilcox, Larry -- Sidekicks candy c25

Williams, Barry -- Great Moves game c25

Williams, Gunther Gebel -- American Express c11 / same c13

Williams, Willie B. -- Genovese c6 [NYC radio guy, I guess.]

Willis, Bruce -- Seagram's Wine Coolers t1 / Seagram's t5 [Pairs well with "The Return of Bruno." Preferably in an incinerator.]

Wilson, Dick (Mr. Whipple, Charmin) -- c4 / scouts c5 / Old Whipple c6 / Whipple's double c6 / old Whipple (d) c7 / Robbie the Robot c7 / c10 / c13 /  new cashier c22 / spinsters c22 / c22 / lifeguard c22 / mirror c22 / megaphone c22 / shrink c22 / cop c22 / nephew Orville c22 / "Windmill Whipple" c23 / his twin Elmer c24 /

Wilson, Mary Louise -- Horizon c21 / Horizon (same?) c24

Winchell, Paul -- Fisher Nuts VO? c20 / Mini-Wheats c30 / Dow Bathroom Cleaner VO c57 / Raisin Bran '88 t5

Winfield, Paul -- NY Summer Jobs c18

Winslow, Michael -- Suzuki c16 [The guy from "Police Academy" making the funny noises. Guess what he does here?]

Winter, Ed -- Harvey's c21

Woodruff, Largo -- Cadbury Eggs c7 / same c12 [I remember her from "The Funhouse" and "Bill." You remember her from nothing.]

Wyatt, Jane -- Jubille c21 / Jubilee (same?) c22

Wyss, Amanda -- The Broadway c5 ["Fast Times at Ridgemont High?" "Nightmare on Elm Street?" Yeesh, I'm not even sure I remember anymore.]

Yeager, Chuck -- GM, mult ads c13

Yepremian, Garo -- Right Guard c59

York, Dick -- see Bewitched

Young, Robert -- Sanka c8 / Sanka, mult ads c11

Youngfellow, Barrie -- Gainesburger c21 [As herself, strangely enough. Oh, she was on "It's a Living," later "Making a Living." Write that down.]

Youngman, Henny -- New York Telephone c18

Ziering, Ian -- A&W Root Beer? c7

New York City EXTRA!

I made this compilation as an accompaniment to the "NYC Local" collection. On that one, I tried to include as many different local ads as possible, whereas this one has many more of the familiar stores and channel ID's (some not listed here for a little extra surprise here and there).

I also included a number of national and regional spots just because I remembered them so well from my Long Island childhood that I figured others would find them memorable too. There's also quite a few Christmas commercials that I omitted from the NYC collection because I had already put them on my "Christmas & Toys" compilation. Unfortunately, there are some repeats from the "NYC Local" collection--an oversight on my part--but only a few.



Jet Net - Some junky outdoors toy, the kind with metal hinges that pinched the crap out of the web between your thumb and forefinger, usually leaving a blood blister. Fun!

Pathmark - James Karen

Mays - Summer

Fun Fountain - By Wham-O! This one always made me laugh cuz the last kid running through the fountain gets clocked by the plastic clown hat.

Korvettes - Memorial Day sale

WHN - Freddie Fender.

Good Morning New York bump, WABC

Heartbeat LP

Pulsar watches - Really racy for a commercial which aired during afternoon cartoons. ("It's the time of desire! Pulsar! Pulsar!")

Pure Gold LP, K-Tel (slight announcer flub at end)

Slinky '77 - Groovy orange shag carpet.

Star Wars Early Bird kit '77 (mailed in early '78)

Korvettes - Election Day

Mike Douglas WCBS card (Elton John in NYC)

Koch for Mayor, partial

Korvettes - car care sale

Burger King - in person, Sayreville NJ, 6/10/78

WABC Musicradio, brief

Two Guys - white sale

Look of Love LP

Two Guys - Dollar Days

Nemark & Lewis - That guy.

Mays - "Pre-Washington's Birthday sale"

Crazy Foam - robot cans ("Foam-a-tron")

Crazy Eddie - electronics

Dumb Ditties K-Tel LP - animated (Morton Meatball)

Korvette's - music sale

Music Magic K-Tel Lp

Mays - Spring menswear. Polyester vested suits, $49.99. Sweet.

Power Play LP, K-Tel ("In tune with the 80's")

Chams du Baron - The Chams man, who seems like a real turd. But discolicious!

Bonjour - A&S (to tune of Frere Jacques)

Goldiggers jeans by Jetset. Really pushing the jeans craze on the kiddies.

Crazy Eddie - Christmas in August

Ferrari Jeans - Cafeteria disco!

Crazy Eddie 84 - computers

Musicland - New Wave! Stupid!

Woolworth & Woolco - AFX race sets

Sergio Valente - Roller disco! (With, I think, Stephen Shortridge, lesser Sweathog.)

Pathmark - 30th anniversary sale, 3/28/81

Ohrbach's - Strawberry Shortcake shop ("for girls," they add needlessly). Says on-screen announcer, "There is exciting big values [sic] coming your way."

Tale Lord Jeans '81

Full Tilt LP, K-Tel (Strange, brief scene of Darth Vader watching Debbie Harry)

Spiderman Fluff Flyer - According to VO, "almost everyone" will love it. Were they worried about a lawsuit?

Superhero Power Shields by Funstuff

Burger King Star Wars glasses, Jayne Modean, until 2/2/1978

Pathmark - James Karen, 3/15/81

Mays - 9th store in Scarsdale (shortly before dropping back to four stores), shows old footage of founder Joe Weinstein

(Coupla cool quickies in here)

McDonald's sports mugs

Two Guys - Preschool toys

Luv-It clothes, Dana Plato, 1980 ("I used to dress like a real dog...")

RIF (Reading is Fundamental) PSA, Ed Asner

Crazy Eddie - Richie Rich in-store appearance, NJ, 10/22/83

Mays - Election Day (down to four stores)

Dancing Madness LP, K-Tel (Weird VO sounds like a cross between Otto Mann and Bababooey.)

Two Guys - Back to school

McDonald's grand opening, 1972. This actually aired in the Detroit area, but I recall this national spot so well (and the old blue uniforms) that I included it.

Dunkin' Donuts, Mason Reese for Munchkins. Odd boy.

Super Puff basketball. Mom pretends to play, but is really only blocking the furniture. She knows it's just foam rubber, but she can't help herself.

Burger King, Knicks tickets offer thru 12/30/78

Korvette's - Food processors and hair dryers

ABC Sunday Movie open

Shop Rite - 2/10/79

Willoughby camera, Manhattan. Really bad actor.

Carvel, Valentine's Day, Cupie the Chocolate Nut. Tom chuckles.

Great Adventure

Lung Association

WPLJ ("Caring about you and the music.")

Woolworth Woolco, Halloween (Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Holly Hobbie)

Wallach's

Music Machine LP, K-Tel, Robby the Robot gets down.

Solid Gold LP

Crazy Eddie - Christmas

WHT (Superman, 10)

WCBS radio promo, brief

Kids R Us

Childworld

Two Guys - Race sets, Lionel trains

Mays - Christmas

WNEW card

Mays - Back to school girls

Woolworth Woolco - Albums

Ice Capades, Dorothy Hamill (MSG, Nassau Coliseum)

Crazy Eddie '83 - Stereos ("...the all-new compact disc system.")

Macy's '83 - After Christmas clearance

WCBS-FM

I Love NY Lottery - Estelle Harris (George Costanza's mom)

Mays - Father's Day

WPIX "We'll return..."

Toys R Us - Halloween (Yoda, Big Bird costumes), animation, '80

Macy's & Bambergers - Billy the Kid boys' fashions. Scott "Flick" Schwartz shops (with a guy I hope is his father) and gets way too enthusiastic about it.

Crazy Eddie Christmas

Two Guys - More preschool toys

WNEW card

Shrinky Dinks, Puffi-Fuzzi

WNEW cards

Ceaser's Bay Bazaar, Christmas

Romper Room, WOR

Bonjour - Macy's (eerie shot of WTC in background, small plane flies toward it)

Playworld - one with little kid "singing" baritone at end

Jack LaLanne - So very 70's.

Childworld

WPIX card

Coca-Cola - Christmas ("I'd like to buy the world a home, furnish it with love...")

10 jeans

MTV ("You'll never look at music the same way again.")

Tropicana, Atlantic City

Ferrari Jeans (Couple lays down, their denimed asses creating a vast horizon. You'll see.)

Rockbottom

Activision hockey, Phil Hartman

WNEW cards

Crazy Eddie '81 - clearance

Beefsteak Charlie - "Feast for One" (with creepy, cartoon-voiced nephew character)

The Admiralty, Mammoth Beach, NJ

Stride Rite, Strawberry Shortcake, Harry's Shoes in Manhattan ('81?)

Crazy Eddie '81 - Telephones

Crazy Eddie '81 - video

Mays - Mother's Day

WNEW card

Caldor - Christmas sale

Crazy Eddie '83 - microwaves ("Chicken not included.")

Crazy Eddie '83 - Christmas

Crazy Eddie'83 - Steve Miller LP, Abracadabra video

Fussy Customer Stores, NJ, animated

Joujou jeans

White Castle '80 - Serendipity Singers (check out the bad lip synching of the last line!)

Zena jeans - Boating fun with a trio of small-chested ladies. Must've been the thing at the time.

Beefsteak Charlie - Free shrimp!

Crazy Eddie '82? - Christmas

New York Telephone

Jordache - Macy's, amusement park, Radio City Christmas show offer

Sands, Atlantic City (This woman looks just like Lana Clarkson, but I can't say for sure...)

Crazy Eddie '80

WCBS news, Jim Jensen, Rubik's Cube story

Toys R Us - Christmas '76, animated

Toys R Us - Arte Johnson

Woolworth & Woolco - Christmas

Penn Estates, NJ

Better Business Bureau PSA, Abominable Snowman puppet

Kahn's Meats - animated

Phone Guard (Some NY radio announcer for a phone tap warning system!)

Weekly Reader books, Sweet Pickles '77, with animation

Chardon jeans - Larry Bird in an arcade

Penn Hills, Poconos ("For lovers only...")

Toys R Us - Superheroes in person, '80

Emerson ("Mamasan! Papasan! Emerson!")

Wildcats by Buster Brown

McDonald's - Winter Magic

The Bowery - Joe DiMaggio

Life cereal - Mikey!

Energy PSA (Earth's fuel gauge hits empty: "What then?")

Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum ("Time was...")

FDNY PSA, stay out of empty buildings

White Plains Galleria - Christmas

Duncan Yo-yos - Disco Duncan, one of my favorites.

Korvette's - Fall and Winter sale (read: going out of business sale)

International gourmet pan

Zimm Zamm ("Kazoo not included.")

WPIX movie card

Medic-Alert bracelets, Dana Plato

Magic Show kit, Marshall Brodein (you know, Wizzo the Wizard).

NBC stars (such as Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce) wish you "Merry Christmas." Includes WNBC's Jack Cafferty and Sue Simmons.

Jay & the Americans Greatest Hits (with Jay Black in his electric blue satin outfit, yeesh)

Zena jeans - Bo Derek lookalike

Shrinky Dinks - Glow in the Dark

Chock Full o' Nuts coffee - Page Morton Black and Pinocchio

Koch for governor

Flemington Cut Glass - NJ, Founder's Sale

National Kidney Foundation, Gary Coleman

Lite Beer by Miller, Billy Martin

United Way - Staten Island Meals on Wheels, Wesley Walker

Reflections LP, K-Tel

Emotions LP, K-Tel

Freezy Freakies gloves at A&S

Jordache at Macy's

RIF, Carol Burnett

Lite Beer from Miller - Bowling tournament with Rodney Dangerfield, Billy Martin, Bubba Smith, Dick Butkis, John Madden, Ben Davidson, Boog Powell, Steve Mizerak, et al...

Greater NY Blood Program PSA

ABC nutrition PSA - Timer makes "Wagon Wheels!"

Lite Beer, Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner ("You're hired.")

Money Store, Phil Rizzuto

Crazy Eddie '84 - Video

Fortunoff, Lauren Bacall

McDonald's - Winter Fun

WOR news, Jennifer Valoppi, '88

WOR, Rolland Smith, '88

Avenue I Flea Market

Harrow's - Election Day Christmas sale, '88

PM Magazine - Uncle Floyd segment, '82 I think

Amityville Horror '79

Let's Disco instructional LP, K-Tel

United to Broadway show tours - actual casts of A Chorus Line, The Wiz, Annie, Dracula (Frank Langella)

Magic Cow, Dairy Association - Add drink mix to milk and then add a scoop of ice cream. I blame Magic Cow for kick-starting the obesity epidemic.

WOR 9 All Night open

Bamboo Steamer - Great for when you want all your food to taste the same.

TV Guide - Valerie Bertinelli cover, 3/5/83

Manhattan Special coffee soda - Al Passaro, Mr. Personality.

Apex Tech - That guy.

Jamaica tourism- ("Make it Jamaica, again.")

United to Broadway - casts of Cats, Dreamgirls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, plus the Rockettes and Brooke Shields

WOR Million Dollar Movie

Carvel - Cookie Puss! (His real name is Celestial Person, BTW.)

WOR News Digest with Denise Richardson

WPIX FM - Air Supply, Will Vinton claymation

WKHK

WHT - Star Wars

Ultra Brite toothpaste - A really dumb early 80's effort to close it out.

Monday, January 29, 2007

SUPER COMMERCIALS of the SEVENTIES!

With this tape I've tried to capture the feel of that sensational decade, the 70's. (I suspect a few early 80's ads have slipped in here and there, but decades always bleed over a little, don't they?) Some have once-familiar faces, jingles or slogans; some aren't well-known or are downright obscure but were too discolicious to ignore. I've tried to note as many celebs present as possible, in parentheses. (NOTE: I have changed this recently, so I'm in the process of making sure this list is accurate...)

SSP Smash-up Derby

Kenner Screen-a-Show

Slip ’n Slide, Water Wiggle

Gnip Gnop

Big Josh - Not Big Jim... the other guy. He liked to camp it up, too.

Twirly Birds

Shaker Maker Hairy Bunch

GI Joe


Pop Fly

Frosty Sno-man Snow Cones

Battleship - "You sunk my battleship!"

Play Doh Fun Factory

Play Doh 4 Pack

Miller Lite - Pool tricks with Steve Mizerack.

Pepsi - Everyone loved Frisbee in the 70's!

Levi’s Panatela - Remember the stitching? (Charles Kimbrough)

Jeep Cherokee (Dee Wallace)

ABC Eight is Enough, Vegas (Kim Catrall)

Good Morning America 1979 (David Hartman)

Bell Systems

ABC

Pepsi - Another 70's pastime--frog-jumping contests. Okay, not so much.

ABC World News Tonight - Peter Jennings, Frank Reynolds, Max Robinson. 1979

Lowenbrau - Here's to good friends, tonight is kinda special / The beer you pour must mean something more somehow / So tonight, tonight / Let it be Lowenbrau. 1978

AMF

Goodyear

ABC Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Taxi

Aviance - It's gonna be an Aviance night...

ABC Welcome Back Kotter, What’s Happening 1977

ABC

WFFA Dallas newsbreak - Iola Johnson, 1977

“Star Wars” - The original TV ad (in fact the copyright appears to say 1976) 1977

Love’s Baby Soft - You can try hard / You can try soft / Soft'll make him toe the line...

Mrs. Goodcookie

ABC Lucan, The Macahans 1977

ABC Starsky & Hutch, Love Boat 1977 (Kristy MacNichol)
General Motors

CBS 60 Minutes, All in the Family, Alice, Lucy Goes to Nashville 1978
ILGWU (International Ladies' Garment Workers Union) - Look for the union label / When you are buying a coat, dress or blouse...

Bell Phones

CBS movie “The Bible”

CBS

CBS Newsbreak - Marlene Sanders, 11/17/78 - Neutron bomb

Contac - Weird music, little capsules bouncing all over.

Chevrolet - '79 Chevette

Consumer info - Pueblo, Colorado. (Michael Vale)

Revlon - Cream-on blush (indeed!)

Whirlpool - Dramatic Leslie Nielsen VO.

McDonald’s - Two apparently drunken imbeciles try to say "There's more in the middle of an Egg McMuffin than an egg in the middle of a muffin." Although this can barely be considered a tongue twister, they can't do it.

CBS Flying High 1978

Ford Mercury
“The Wiz” trailer 1978

FTD Florists - That gold guy.

Fruit of the Loom - The original characters and Emma.

Bell Phones - Uses the song Feelings to really tug at your heartstrings.

No Nonsense pantyhose

Twice as Fresh

Colony Wine - Rick Marshall from Land of the Lost (Spencer Milligan?) suggests that one should drink wine for the taste because that's how you'll know if you like it.

“Manhattan” 1979

Anacin

Silkience Shampoo - Scanner photograpy. That's not greasy kid stuff!

Chicago White Sox - Na na na na, hey hey...

Clairol Herbal Essence - Cartoon hippie chick pollutes stream with shampoo.

ABC "Still the One" promo

Tickle deodorant - Giggling gals just love that roll-on.

Zenith VCR

ABC All-Star Family Feud, “Death of Ocean View Park”

M&M’s - Candy Man theme with weird guy in yellow overalls.

ABC Captain & Tennille card

Enquirer

People Magazine July 1978

ABC News

ABC "We’re the One" promo

Good Morning America - Has twenty uninterrupted seconds of the old theme.

ABC Bionic Woman, Baretta 1976

Hold Cough Drops

Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell card- The original SNL.

ABC 1976 Convention coverage, Harry Reasoner

ABC Charlie’s Angels premiere promo, 1976

Duncan Yo-yo - Disco Duncan! Must be seen to be believed.

WCBS-FM

Perdue - Frank Perdue himself.

Schaefer - Sittin' pretty, all together in Schaefer city. Two schmoes are trapped in an elevator with Swedish stewardesses, pretzels and cheap beer. Only in the 70's...

Control Data Institute

Ken Crane’s - It seems like these cheap Star Wars-inspired graphics were once featured in every third commercial...

Polavision - Precursor of modern VCRs.

Star Phone 10000

Schick Hot Top - That red ball you stuck on top of a shaving cream can to warm your lather. You can still find them at yard sales.

Totes (Kelly Harmon)

Penguin Point

Monster cereals - I believe you even see Fruit Brute in there...

Pop Shoppe

McDonald’s - Introduction of the Happy Meal.

Sanyo - Discolicious!

L-K Restaurant - AYCE perch!

Astroland - Coney Island! Ride the Cyclone! POP--Pay One Price!

Mays - Polyester!

Picway Shoes -Back-to-school!

Coca-Cola - Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King lookalikes battle it out over Pong in the arcade.

Treetots

Charmin - Mr. Whipple, natch.

St. John’s College - Ah, campus life in the 70's. Groovy.

Woolworth & Woolco

ABC Bod Squad: Quickfast - A glass of milk, toast with a slice of cheese and out the door to school you go. Is mom on a bender again?

Annie - The Broadway show.

Stick-ups - It may be a good place for a Stick-up, but why is that guy in a closet?

Richway

Magnavision

Jiffy Pop - Before everyone had a microwave, it was this crap or buy a popper.

WPIX cards

Day Line cruise

American Furniture Warehouse 1978

Sunkist soda - Good Vibrations!

Pizza Planet

Clearasil - With Wolfman Jack--none other, little brother!

Jack La Lanne

Alka Seltzer - Plop plop fizz fizz. (Sammy Davis Jr.)

ABC Sunday Movie opening

Burger King

WLS & Disney

New York Air

Sprite Light

Organ Power Pizza - Discolicious, with folks line-dancing to The Hustle played on a big pipe organ.

Pepsi - Intro of 2 liter bottles--refillable! It's a rip of Welcome Back Kotter with Paul Kreppel (It's a Living's oily lounge singer) as the teacher.

Jordache Wild West

“Pick-Up Summer” movie trailer - It makes you want to head to a drive-in immediately!

Lung Association

Minolta (Doug Henning)

Maybelline - Discoliciousity!

Kodak (Michael Landon)

McDonald’s - "Friends" 45 single benefits, I think, Muscular Dystrophy. With MD poster child Rocky Arizzi.

Woolworth Halloween - Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Holly Hobbie costumes.

GWG Cords - Super-discolicious! "Hey man, how do you get down so well?" "These GWG cords really let you do it!"

K-Tel Music Machine - Robby the Robot gets down!

Aviance - Yet another Aviance night.

Playtown

Steve’s Pier 1 - A restaurant with that great dark-wooded 70's ambiance.

Clam Broth House

Circle Line - With the World Trade Center in the hazy background.

Oscar Mayer - My bologna has a first name...

Band-Aids - I am stuck on Band-Aids...

Budweiser - Featuring the Taste Buds, that nutty tribute to the wonderful combination of pot and beer. How did they get away with this?

WKTU - Discoliciousness!

9 Lives - Morris the cat.

Tabu

Jack Lalanne

WPLJ 1978

Texas Instruments - Digital watches the size of your head. 1978

Simon

YMCA (John Havlicek)

Kraco car stereo

Tab

ABC News - "The Seventies: American Dream, American Nightmare." 1979

CBS Newsbreak 1979

Preparation H

RC Cola - Me and my RC...

Kentucky Fried Chicken - The Colonel himself makes an appearance. 1978

Apple Jacks - A is for apples, J is for jacks, cinnamon toasty Apple Jacks...

Rice Krispies

Star Kist - Charlie the tuna.

Maidenform Bra

Swanson TV Dinners

ABC 1976 Olympics

ABC Wide World of Sports

ABC Hardy Boys promo

Pepto Bismol - Indi... (urp) ...gestion.

ABC All My Children promo - Has the classic soap opera move: Woman (Susan Lucci) goes to strike man, he grabs her arm, pulls her in for long, sloppy, passionate kiss. It looked ridiculous then too.

Agree - Stops the greasies!

ABC Wide World of Sports - 2nd version.

White Castle - The Serendipity Singers, whoever the the hell they are. 1979

Hostess - I think a bit of the beginning is cut off, but I couldn't resist adding this for Captain Cupcake and Fruit Pie the Magician.

Better Business Bureau - An Abominable Snowman puppet advises you to spend your money wisely.

Sweet Pickles Books - Courtesy of Weekly Reader Books, animals with personality disorders teach kids how not to behave.

$100,000 Bar - Chewy, chewy "carmel" (to the tune, more or less, of Sugar Sugar). 1979

Pop Rocks - The cracklin's what's happenin', the sizzle makes you giggle... (Ricky Paull Goldin)

Underoos

Wisk - You've got ring around the collar, you poor chump.

Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo - You're gonna swear you've got more hair.

Calgon - Take me away!

Garanimals

Memorex (Ella Fitzgerald)

Popeil Pocket Fisherman - Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach him to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime. Sell him a glove compartment-sized rod for twenty bucks, he'll fish for an hour until it breaks.

Bain De Soleil - For the St. Tropez tan.

Sonic Drive-In 1977

Life Cereal - Even that pug-nosed snob Mikey likes it.

Energy PSA - The one with urgent music, showing planet Earth with a gas gauge heading for empty. It's scary as hell, and it was RIGHT!

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village - Time was, people made their own candles, hooked their own rugs, and, apparently, went to Dearborn Michigan on vacation so they could make their own candles and hook their own rugs.

Eastern & Disney 1978

Contour Girdles

K-Tel Pure Gold LP - Announcer misses cue at end.

Pop Tarts - Milton the Toaster.

Record World - Shaun Cassidy LP's.

Look of Love LP

Hawaiian Punch - Punchy, that obnoxious, violent creep.

Burger King - Star Wars glasses, 1978

McDonald’s - The stock grand opening ad, showing the old blue uniforms. 1972

Star Trek Command Communication Console 1976

ABC Brady Bunch - Mid-seventies promo.

ABC Sixth Sense - Creepy promo for short-lived Gary Collins series.

ABC Monday Night Football - Jazzy!

Energized Spiderman figure

Hardy Boys dolls

Honda Scooter

Tootsie Pop - Mr. Turtle and Wise Old Owl offer no help whatsoever in ascertaining the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Modern science will later determine the answer as 411.

CBS In The News intro- Okay, it's one from the eighties, but it has the same voiceover guy and that great computery theme which effectively announced, "Okay, cartoons are over--get your ass off the floor, put your cereal bowl in the sink and go outside and get some fresh air fer crying out loud!"

ABC Time For Timer “You are what you eat”

ABC Schoolhouse Rock intro and outro

Keep America Beautiful PSA 1971

Humane Society PSA

Forest Service PSA

Korvette’s

Burger King

WOR Bowling for Dollars promo - NYC, Larry Kenney

Dairy PSA

Buscemi’s Pizza - All-time classic from Detroit... Dumb ad, but suddenly you see a local anchorwoman superimposed over the screen, picking her teeth! No doubt it was some director doing it as a goof, but then the anchorwoman looks to the side, presumably at a monitor, and the image disappears! I bet heads rolled for that one...

Ritz Thrift Shop - Played in NYC forever.

Cross at the Green PSA

Empty Buildings PSA

Downstairs Up Record Shop

ABC Partridge Family - Jeez, Danny Bonaduce was never funny.

Burger King

Chams Du Baron

Albert Merrill School

WPIX

Trix - Trix rabbit does his Fonzie impression.

Burger King (Patrick Swayze)

McDonald’s

ABC Time For Timer “Wagon Wheels” - I hanker fer a hunka cheese!