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)--but if you have nothing to trade, email me anyway (pgsaur at frontier dot com OR hugo1000faces at gmail dot 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 impaired 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...]

Commercials of the Eighties Trade Compilations!

This list created 8/19/14. (Please note: This index is a work in progress, so there are big gaps of information. Bookmark the page and keep checking back, I'll be updating often!)

Here are the listings for the compilations of 80's commercials that I've created. Some of these two-hour compilations are culled from my personal collection, but unfortunately I was a commercial-zapper from way back, not foreseeing that someday the ads would prove to be more interesting to me than the programs I was diligently recording. For the most part the quality is good (unless noted), with compilations eight through sixteen (generally 1984-85) being exceptionally good. By the way, if you get a comp and see an ad you're interested in but it's cut off, that means there's a good chance it's on a different comp. There are so many repeated ads that I would have ended up with the same ones on every comp if I didn't edit. I also have some 1980's comps coming up that will be all commercials taken from Philadelphia stations, such as WPVI, WTAF and WPHL...

I should mention that if anyone is interested in reliving the experience of watching an old late-night (or afternoon or evening) movie on a New York City or Philly station--ah, the grainy, scratched-up film, washed-out colors, bad pan-and-scan, jarring cuts to commercial!--I'm hoping to put up a list of what I have. Sure, you can just get my Trade Comp 12 to enjoy the "Channel Five Movie Club" segment with Eli Wallach relating a story about Sergio Leone hitting himself in the nuts, but don't you want to watch all of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly along with it? Contact me: pgsaur at frontier dot com, or hugo1000faces at gmail dot com.

GOT NOTHIN TO TRADE? AY, EMAIL ME ANYWAYS, WE'LL WORK SOMETHIN OUT!

(All comps are two hours, unless noted)

TC1: Includes content from Portland stations KATU (1987) and KOIN (1982-88). Some jitters around the 20 minute mark and a segment with muffled sound near the end, but overall quite good.

Lots of Christmas stuff, including Portland Saturday Market, McDonald's, Fred Meyer, Portland charities, Mervyn's, Meier & Frank, Hickory Farms, Payless, GI Joe's, Oreo, Thriftway, JC Penney, Old Spice, Reunite and Montgomery Ward, plus promos for NBC Christmas shows.

Pitching celebs include Bruce Willis (for wine coolers), Jay Leno, Kathie Lee Gifford for Carnival, Christie Brinkley for Prell, Linda Evans (cocaine PSA), Matt LeBlanc (KFC), Loretta Lynn (and daughters), Jane Seymour, Gregory Hines, George Plimpton, Rue McClanahan, Steve Allen, Kelly LeBrock for Pantene, Larry Csonka, Tatyana Ali (Pound Puppies), Susan Sullivan, Wayne Rogers, Meshach Taylor, Edie McClurg, Peter Bergman ("I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV"), Theresa Ganzel, and Vernee Watson. (There's a Better Cheddars spot with dancers and I swear one is Jennifer Lopez, but I can't say for sure...)
Portlanders will recognize Scott Thomason, and there are news briefs with Jeff Gianola, Julie Emry, and Mike Donahue, and some Blazers-related stuff (including a Wheel of Fortune sweepstakes tie-in with Pat Sajak and Vanna White).

Notable ads in here for Lazer Tag, Teddy Ruxpin, Diet Coke (with Hamilton Mitchell from Caddyshack), University of Oregon, Cabbage Patch Kids Twins, the new McDLT, Liz Claiborne, Coco Chanel Perfume, Poppin' Fresh, and movie commercials for Lethal Weapon, Angel Heart and Tin Men. Too many to list!

Show promos for Hotel, Harry (with Alan Arkin), Ohara (with Melora Hardin), Good Morning America (Joan Lunden with enormous hair!), Jack and Mike, Perfect Strangers, Head of the Class, Dynasty, Barbara Walters Special, Love Boat, Spenser For Hire, Colbys, Knots Landing, Beauty and the Beast, Dallas, Falcon Crest, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, a Tonight Show promo with Robin Williams and then Billy Crystal on Letterman, and news briefs with Brit Hume and Maria Shriver.

TC2: KOIN, WNBC, WOR, KATU, WTBS, CBN (description coming soon)

TC3: KATU, KGW, WOAC, WJW, WKYC, WOIO, WNUV, WBFF (description coming soon)

TC4: WTBS, WFMJ, WEWS, WTRF, WTOV (description coming soon)

TC5: WTRF, WTOV, WKBN, WFMJ (description coming soon)

TC6: WESH, WFTV, WUAB, WKYC, WJW, USA (description coming soon)

TC7: (Cleveland and Philadelphia stations [including WTAF 1984 sign-off], description coming soon)

TC8: This comp (which clocks in at a smidge under two hours) features ads from Nashville TN station WCAY and Youngstown OH stations WFMJ and WKBN. Portions of the WCAY stuff has low audio. Their station stuff includes ID's, "The Prime Movie" with Rich Man, Poor Man, "Newscan" with Kevin Kolbe and Chris Allen, promos for Taxi, Star Trek, Quincy, Solid Gold Hits, the Andrea Doria safe opening live special (8/16/84)... WFMJ stuff (also a bit of low audio) includes promos for the ALF season premiere and Valerie's Family now with Sandy Duncan, J.J. Starbuck with guest Kelsey Grammer, Cheers introduces Kirstie Alley, NBC News Digest with Andrea Mitchell, NBC News "China Week," 21 Action News weekends... WKBN's Morning Stretch promo with Joanie Greggains, CBS Late Night open for Spring Break, "Reflections" from the Youngstown-area Religious Community and TV 27 (with Rev. Michael S. Jones of St. James Episcopal Church), and more...

Local Nashville ads include Miracle Ford in Gallatin, Victor Ashe for Senator (because "a vote for Gore cancels out a vote for Reagan!"), Duane Loux Chevy, Housecraft Siding, Star Chrysler Plymouth (the dealer says it's "Gaw-gis!" and there's one where two guys walk by who are apparently the "Sneed Brothers," in fact Nashville songwriters Steve Davis and Dennis Morgan), Rachel Square Homes, Office Furniture Warehouse with Danny Davis, Heavenly Ham, Park Avenue Restaurant and Lounge, Nashville Office Machines, Tennessee Army National Guard, Carpet Barn, Moore for Congress '84, a water safety PSA with Ernest (Jim Varney), Gerry House for WSIX-AM (a series of really unfunny spots), Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Lord's Chapel Christian Academy, Consumer Tractor Company (John Deere), Buddy Allen Floors, Southeastern Dental Center, Melrose VW, Calico Corners, Avis Used Cars, Radisson Plaza Hotel, The Wallpaper Store, Joywood Salvage, 96 Kiss-FM, University Ford, Country Boy Waterbeds (Hee Haw-style animation), Gene Caldwell Chevy, Koala Center, Duke Moving and Storage, Port O' Call Records and more... Youngstown ads include Hill's toy layaway (with Spryte the Elf), Sohio Procare Auto, 1987 Catholic Communications Campaign (with Fr. Jim Korda of Catholic Telecommunications Network of Youngstown), Planned Parenthood of Mahoning County PSA, so much more!

Celebrities seen include Priscilla Presley for Quencher (low audio), James Garner for Mazda, Tony Danza for Diet Rite, yachtsman Dennis Conner for the US Coast Guard, Brenda Strong (Seinfeld's "Bra Lady") for Always Maxi-Pads, Jerry O'Connell and Vicki Lewis for Ritz Bits, Lynn Redgrave for Weight Watchers yogurt, others...

Otherwise, you'll see ads for the Agatha Christie Collection of books, Toyota, BF Goodrich (free jacket!), Keebler Soft Batch, Potentials Unlimited self-help course from the Human Potential Institute, Gremlins, Record Magazine, Grandma's Cookies, Vacuclear food saver '83, United Way PSA with deaf girl Sarah Wallace, Powerlift (an air bag car jack that looks really dangerous!), Most-Loved Records LP, L'egg's Sheer Energy, McDonald's "Reflections" with Vanessa Bell (urban 70's flashback!) and also Mac Tonight!, The Big Town, Kodak batteries (predicting hover cars for the year 2000!), Anacin (arguing yuppies), USDA Forest Service PSA, R.O. Blechman animation for Equalactin Bowel Relief, Fisher-Price "Fun with Food" Christmas, Library PSA, US Government Books PSA, many many more...

TC9: This comp has ads from Cleveland stations WKYC and WJW, and New York City area stations WNEW, WOR, and WPIX. There's bits of Bob Hope's 1988 Christmas special from WKYC (this part of the tape starts out a bit staticky but gets better), with NBC promos for Xmas episodes of "Night Court" and "Baby Boom" among others, and "Christmas in Washington" (with Jimmy Stewart), "AM Cleveland," an NBC News "At This Hour" with Chuck Scarborough, local news tease with Leon Bibb, Jim Donovan sports promo (with Marv Albert in one and the Harlem Globetrotters in another), lottery and weather for 1/1/89,WKYC wishing Happy New Year, Phil Donahue with Ted Koppel in Cleveland, WNEW Movie card, station promos for lots of movies, sports and shows (such as Fame, Star Search '85, Dallas, Odd Couple, Honeymooners), WOR personalities (such as Reg Well, Miss Molly McCluskey-Barber, Lloyd Lindsey Young) in a bunch of Christmas spots, channel 9 News Updates with Janet Rose (Sam Peckinpah died that day) and one where Reg Wells incredulously watches a guy walk through his shot, WPIX Independent Network News' "Sights and Sounds of '84" special, WPIX Midnight Run through Central Park on New Year's Eve (!), channel 11's swirly animation for their "Sunday Afternoon Movie," lots lots more...

I'd say there's about 20 holiday ads in this one, starting with Coca-Cola and Disney, McDonald's, Minolta, Folger's, Revco, Jeep, one for the Pontiac Grand Am (where Santa undresses, puts on a tux and shades and looks like a total a-hole), Bell Atlantic, Taylor Champagne, and more...

Other local Cleveland stuff includes a Xmas ad for Higbee's (with Richard Dysart), Ohio Bell, East Ohio Gas Company, Motorsports expo at the I-X Center, Metro Toyota,Waterbed City, Ohio seatbelt PSA and more...

Local NYC ads include the animated spot for the Concord Hotel, George Zessi Furs, G. Fried Carpet, Money Store (Phil Rizzuto, of course--dressed as Santa in one, giving out Cabbage Patch Kids!), Antiques Expo at the Hudson River Pier (WTC appearance), a winter spot for Mount Airy Lodge, "The King and I" at the Broadway Theatre, NBO, Joe Crabtree Toyota, Jack Kahn Organs Xmas, Giant Carpet New Year's, A&P, NY Telephone with Henny Youngman, SMA, Cooky's, Crazy Eddie, Foodtown, WINS, and plenty others...

Look for familiar faces in a lot of ads, including a McDonald's "Double Cheeseburger Reunion" (with, as their classic TV characters, Buddy Ebsen, Barbara Billingsley, Al Lewis, Ken Osmond, and Bob Denver), Merlin Olsen for FTD Xmas, Jane Seymour for Max Factor, Art Carney and Brian Bonsall for Coke, Cher's Uninhibited perfume, Bill Cosby for Kodak, Stevie Wonder (singing) for Kodak batteries, a Juvenile Diabetes PSA with Mary Tyler Moore voice-over (where we see a guy primping in front of a mirror and generally acting like a real douche, then we discover he is blind and we feel bad for thinking he's an a-hole, but then we wonder why he has a mirror), Hulk Hogan for Saturday Night's Main Event, Geoffrey Holder (and Tom Villard, for all you We Got it Maid fans) for 7 Up, Linda Gray for TV Guide, John Houseman for Puritan Oil, Floyd Cramer for his "World Famous Love Songs" LP, Bonnie Franklin for Save the Children, and finally, not a familiar face but a familiar voice: William Daniels as K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, doing a PSA for the US DOT urging us to buckle up...

Otherwise, you'll see ads for Kenner's "Special Blessings" dolls, Tott's, Trouble perfume, Toys R Us, McDonald's "New Driver," L'egg's (using the ZZ Top song!), Lionel Kiddie City, Pierre Cardin cologne, Santa Fe cologne, Obsession, Everest climber Andrew Harvard for Bayer, Willow and Die Hard on VHS, some Miller Lite ads that are "wacky" in that very 80's not-at-all-funny way, Peanuts for Met Life, Newsweek (trivia game with subscription), Omaha Steaks with Merle Ellis, Irish "Come Back to Erin" LP, Psychology Today (with a klepto granny!), Big Brothers PSA, "700 Club" Pat Robertson bio, Coco Goya with his big bucket head, Boar's Head, Perdue's "Wheel of Chickens," plus many more...

TC10: More goodies from WPIX, WABC, and a little bit of USA too. (Plus I count about 17 holiday-themed ads in here, including WABC's news team seen in yuletides past.) It begins with the swirly animation of the channel 11 "Sunday's Great Movie," and there's also WPIX promos for the first "Woman of the World" pageant hosted by Richard Dawson, "Rascal Dazzle" and lots more, WABC Late Movie stuff including actor bios, WOR "9 All Night," WABC's "Sunday Night Movie" intro (similar to 4:30 Movie), Regis and Kathie Lee for "The Morning Show," plus tons more...

Local New York City-area stuff includes Carvel's Thanksgiving cake (with Tom Carvel doing the turkey's voice!) and also one for dolls of their character cakes (!), Personal Best plastic surgery, Apex Tech, Commack Motor Inn, Robert Fiance Beauty School (and Robert Fiance Business School), NJ Lottery (with Fyvush Finkel), Harrow's, Theo and Theo's, Kalyva Greek restaurant, Lucille Roberts, the Coronet brothers' mother, another Coronet with the stuffed orangutan, Crazy Eddie Xmas, Franco restaurant in Bayville, WPLJ, Brothers Electronics and Camera, WABC-AM with Alan Colmes, BQE gym, Mr. Good Buys, Keep the Torch Lit PSA, Jack Kahn Organs, Bay Ridge Toyota (the pizza guy), NY School of Locksmithing, Room Plus, Caldor, Joy 98, Fortunoff (with WTC), Newmark and Lewis, Wall Furniture Outlet, Manhattan Cabinetry, "A Chorus Line" at the Shubert, Roselli Movers, Genni's Discount Party Center, Karat Shop, Money Store, American Way Outlet mall in NJ (Xmas), MB Discount Juvenile Furniture (guy in stork costume)... and many more!

Keep an eye out for such notables as Christie Brinkley for Prell, Sammy Davis Jr. for the Episcopal Church (about AIDS awareness), William Shatner (in T.J. Hooker costume!) for Tourette's Syndrome, Jaclyn Smith for Jack LaLanne Spas, John McEnroe for Sports Illustrated (Xmas), Willie Mays for Empire Ford, Joan Collins for Canada Dry, Barbara Mandrell for Visa fabrics, Cristy Lane with her Xmas LP, Celeste Holm "Young Audiences" PSA... and more!

Elsewhere, there's the Time-Life "Enchanted World" books (with spooky spokes-kooks such as witch Susan Hammett, clairvoyant Litany Burns, tarot card reader Olga Hayes and psychic Wayne Weiseman), Cabbage Patch Kids Diapers,  another PSA for restoration of the Statue of Liberty (this one with the Peanuts gang), Sports Illustrated, an early PETA PSA, a TV Guide ad with a lone male dancer that's really awful, a weird Kay-Bee Toys spot about child abductions, Chams du Baron menswear (bad!), two for Jordache (worse!), Ice Capades with the Snorks, People's "intriguing people of 1984," The Flamingo Kid, Unicef, Franklin Mint's Great Books, Planned Parenthood PSA, Hair Club for Men with Sy Sperling, Ralph Lauren Chaps, Calibri Lighters (butterfly), Armitron Watches (very 80's!), Chia Pet, Christmas Classics LP, Consumer Information Catalog (Pueblo CO), Elizabeth Dole for traffic safety, Latter Day Saints PSA (the message of which, I think, is "don't be such a stick-in-the-mud"), Needlepunch Crafts, Righteous Brothers Hits LP... and much more!

TC11: This comp has programming filler from WABC, WOR, and even a smidgen of WNET and Philadelphia's WPVI. It starts with the end credits of a 1984 Name That Tune, the WABC Sunday Late Movie open, channel 7's Crimestoppers with Bill Beutel, WOR's "9in the Afternoon" open, a NYS mental health PSA (and other PSA's for drunk driving, Medic Alert bracelets, stranger danger, volunteering to drive cancer patients and more), WOR news update with Denise Richardson, a "Summernine" promo, Jacques Cousteau's First 75 Years promo, editorials (about hijackings and a new NJ sports stadium) with Peter A. Leone, WOR All-Star NJ High School Football, "9 All Night," a WOR evening game show promo with "Joker's Wild" and "Dating Game" with Pee Wee Herman (plus many other show, sports and movie promos),  several channel 9 "The Changing Family" local PSA's, Romper Room's Miss Molly at the Turtleback Zoo and for the Muscular Dystrophy Hop-a-thon, Mr. Food being really annoying, and the open to an episode of Joe Franklin (Axel F. theme). Then, just to be a little different, I close it all out with a Playboy Channel sign-off from 1985...

Local advertisements include the tuxedoed brothers Coronet, Carvel's Cookie Chick, Crazy Eddie (including some "Christmas in August" spots), local Nissan spots with wrestlers, BQE gym (different from the one on TC10), Charles and Lillian Brown's Hotel, Wall Furniture Outlets, Gimbel's reupholstery, Roselli Moving, Petland Discounts (Tetra fish food with musical fish), Theo and Theo's Menswear, Island Patio of Staten Island, Major Chevrolet, Garden State Brickface and Stucco, Avenue I Flea Market (VCR and TV giveaways), AALCO Windows, Dellwood, Pathmark with James Karen, Giant Carpet, Personal Touch, Jefferson Ward's Easter sale, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Simco Shoes, Gibraltar Transmissions blues (not the doo-wop version, that's on TC12), Willowbrook Nissan (with bluesy Alison Bluh getting a shovelful of dirt in the puss), Money Store with Phil Rizzuto, plus more...

Celebrity sightings: then-President Ronald Reagan for the United Negro College Fund (!), Willie Mays for Empire Ford (might be the same one as TC10), Tony Randall for Variety Children's Charity, Dallas Cowboy Drew Pearson for SADD's Contract for Life (and another with SADD founder Robert Anastas), Patriots' Brian Holloway for alcohol education, NBA star Bob Lanier for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Steve Landesberg for Time Magazine, David Huddleston for Citrus Hill, Laurie Walters (Joanie from "Eight is Enough") for Cheerios, C. Everett Koop cancer PSA, and more for the eagle-eyed (Todd Susman, anyone? Well, you'd probably know him if you saw him...).

Other ads you'll see include the one for Delta Luv Buggy (where a hapless mother can't get her stroller folded up in time for her helicopter ride!), People Mag with Cyndi Lauper in Goonies regalia, Snap n' Glo jewelry (yes, tiny light stick earrings and such), Nat King Cole hits LP, Computer Learning Center, TV Guide, Fragrance Fables perfume knock-offs, American Heart Association PSA riffing on the Marlboro Man theme, US Navy, Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics, Rascal three-wheeler, and more... (At the end of the collection there's a series of telethon-style late-night Craftmatic bed ads that are a bit repetitive but each one had something that made me laugh, so I left them in.)

TC12: Another great quality set of 1984-85 New York City station ads, from WOR, WPIX, WABC and WNEW. There's a bit of a Joe Franklin show including the opening (using "Axel F." as his theme song!), the channel 11 Eight O'Clock Movie bumps, outro and tease, WPIX thanking participants in their "11 Days of Giving" campaign, INN open with Bernhard Goetz coverage, channel 7's Late Movie open and bump (with brief opening credits to Fair Wind to Java in-between), voice-over bio for Fred MacMurray, WPIX "Time for Eleven Alive" promos, "Star Movie" outro and tease, editorial with Richard N. Hughes, "Superfriends Next" card (and I threw in the opening sequence too--Wonder Twins powers activate!), their Saturday Afternoon Movie intro, outro and bumps (looks old--70's?), Channel 11 Film Festival (another old-looking one), channel 5 movie promos, a "Channel 5 Movie Club" segment (with Eli Wallach telling a great story that ends with director Sergio Leone smacking himself in the goolies), the C5MC coming attractions crawl and instructions for joining, and more...

Local stuff you'll find on here includes Martin Paint (with the Joe Franklin segment, of course), Mount Airy Lodge (summer), Gibraltar Transmissions (mechanics singing doo-wop), A&P, Flemington Furs, Milford Plaza, Antonovich Furs, Maurice Villency Furniture, Dellwood milk, NYNEX car phones (!), Kleinsleep ("Have more fun in bed!"), CrossLand Savings touting their ATM's, WABC-AM's Alan B. Colmes (Empire State Building) , Whoopi Goldberg at the Lyceum, Regents Row restaurant (bad!), S.M. Rose Chevy, Petland Discount, Andre DeShields for WABC's "Operation Can-Do," Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Neil Simon Theater, Coronet, Garden State Brickface and Stucco, New York Business School, Eliminator Windows (must be seen...), TCI, MTI Business School (robots!), Carvel Flying Saucers (Tom Carvel hyping both the edible and 99¢ plastic kinds), Jimmy Randolph for the Albert Merrill School (this is the 80's version--the onscreen graphic reads "Robots are here!"), Dial-a-Mattres, NY Daily News Millionaire game, Pathmark (James Karen), Meadowlands opening (and another one calling it the "Four-Hour Vacation"), Independent Network News promo with Pat Harper, INN tease about Klaus Von Bulow, WPIX Yanks vs. Orioles, WLTW, New York's Lottery (with temporary millionaires Lou Eisenberg and Curtis Sharp), Maaco (really bad rap!), SMA Diamond Importers (male announcer with vocal fry!), Air Brook Limousine (with Jay Seltzer, Pres. of the USFL New Jersey Generals!), Mrs. America hosted by Richard Dawson (much awkward kissing), NY Daily News with Pete Hamill, Dave Winfield and Larry Storch (?), Together dating service, New York Post Golden Scratch game, more more more...

Celebrity appearances include Stephen King for American Express (long version--a short one appears on upcoming TC 17), Lindsay Wagner, Rita Wilson in a Scottowels ad, a Geoffrey Holder voice-over for the Hilton in Miami Beach, Connie Francis bringing us down with a couple of LP's, Tom Landry (Power for Living), Crystal Bernard for Pepsi Free, David Clayton Thomas singing for Good Seasons (different from the one on TC 13), Sheena Easton for WPIX-FM (with Will Vinton animation), Star Search '85 with Milton Berle, Jeff Altman for Kentucky Fried Chicken nuggets, "Night of 100 Stars" promo with Peter Allen, Jeremy Irons, Georgia Engel and Tony Randall...

Also, you'll see ads for la Chocolate yogurt (kinda disgusting), Nutra Nail (guy smashing glass rods!), The King and I collector's plates from Bradford Exchange, The Flamingo Kid, Control Data Institute, Pfeister Barter Future Card (!?!), Computer Learning Centers, DeVry computers, PSI Institute, Cocoa Pebbles (with break-dancing Fred and Barney!), Masters of the Universe Land Shark, "Today in Music History" (Blues Brothers), Memory Lane LP's, AYDS diet candy, Ultra-Swim anti-chlorine shampoo, Tomy's Montgomery Moose doll, P.S. Gitano jeans, Siskel and Ebert At the Movies, Z-Bec vitamins with Olympic hopeful Jon Sinclair, Executive Volunteer Corps, Brady's Escape, Alba '77 (the skinny girl's drink!), Cat Fancy, Time-Life Books "Vietnam Experience," ASPCA PSA, Bojangles, Franklin Mint's Coins of All Nations, many, many more...

TC13: An excellent-quality set of ad filler recorded from WNEW, WOR, and WPIX (and a little TBS) in 1984 and 1985. There's some Channel 5 Movie Club and Movie Greats stuff, a WNEW sign-off with announcer Lou Steele sounding a little tipsy as he reads the news (the weather graphic even comes up too early!), a sermonette and the National Anthem, the old WOR open to "Million Dollar Movie" (with great scenes of New York City), channel 11's Film Festival, WOR editorial and news update with Denise Richardson, WOR March of Dimes Telethon promo, and promos for such shows as Burns and Allen, Phil Silvers, Carol Burnett Show, Vega$ and Puttin' on the Hits (not to mention some WOR and WPIX glitches). There's an Independent Network News spot that I swear has a young Anne Heche in it.

There's quite a bit of Christmasy goodness on here: a short spot for WPIX's annual showing of theYule Log, Tom Carvel gives us a Santa cake as well as Christmas Cookie Puss, Solid Gold Xmas, Lafayette, Norelco (with the sledding Santa), NBO, Kodak, Potamkin (bad!), Crazy Eddie LP's, over a dozen Xmas ads in all.

Local material includes a short animated Circle Line ad (not to mention the Binghamton Ferryboat restaurant), Action Park, Haunted Mansion and Amusement Pier at Long Branch (a "newer" version but with much of the old scary footage), an old-looking Petland Discount with Neil Pagent, Cooky's, Avenue I Flea Market (with a Cabbage Patch Kid drawing!), US Grand Prix at the Meadowlands, Shop Rite, WKTU, Roma Furniture, New York's Lottery, "La Cage aux Folles" at the Palace, "Kismet" at the "An Evening" Dinner Theatre, "Shades of Harlem" at the Village Gate, SMA Diamond Importers, Globe Shoes, Leather Warehouse, Q.P.'s ("I like that, Frances!"), Brands Cyclery, Flora Plenty, WYNY, and more...

Watch for these celebs: Jerry O'Connell, Robert Guillaume, little Jenny Lewis, Billy Martin for pipe tobacco, Gene Siskel (At the Movies), Emmanuel Lewis for Burger King, Fyvush Finkel, Senor Wences (and Johnny and Pedro), Pat Boone, Red Buttons, Jill St. John, Vicki Lewis, Don Galloway, Christopher Norris (Trapper John MD) for Breyer's yogurt, more...

Elsewhere on here you'll find a lot of Public Service Announcements, an ad for a movie called Superstition which looks really terrible, a hypnotherapy institute, a "New Leave it to Beaver" bit with the stars introducing the 50's pilot episode of the original series, "Come Back to Jamaica," History of Rock LP's, Stanley Doors with Michael Bolton screeching the jingle, Good Seasons with Blood Sweat and Tears' David Clayton Thomas growling the jingle, MTV, Taylor Wines (the expert in this one may have had a glass too many), a National Enquirer ad with cheesy animation showing Lorenzo Lamas literally flying his coop, Perdue (Frank Perdue, of course), Franklin Mint's "Little Maids of the 13 Colonies" dolls, tons more...

TC14: More terrific-looking ads from WNEW, WABC, WOR, WPIX, with the channel 5 "Movie Greats" bump and outro, a bunch of great old movie trailers for their upcoming flicks, a "Big Apple Minute" with Warren Eckstein about the Museum of Holography, Kitty Carlisle Hart asking "It's ten p.m.--do you know where your children are?", 5 news open, a number of channel 7 Christmas promos with pics of the news folks as kiddies (including Kathie Lee Johnson, later Gifford), the 7 Late Movie with Angie Dickinson, James Garner and Alan Bates bios, some bits of Headline Chasers with Wink Martindale, WOR "9 All Night" open and bumps, the 80's "Million Dollar Movie," bumps for WABC "Saturday Night Movie" and "Sunday Night Movie" (same animation as the classic 4:30 Movie), WNEW ":Hollywood's Finest," lots of promos for shows such as Romper Room, Flying Nun, Bosom Buddies and Police Woman, INN News special 1985 retrospective promo, too many to list, about a dozen Christmas-themed ads all together...

Local ads include a great spot for the "Krush Groove Christmas Party" at Madison Square Garden with the major hip-hop stars of the day (and where a number of stabbings and shootings occurred), an ad touting that WNEW's airing of Live Aid is in two days, New York Mets on channel 9 (BAD song!), Joe Franklin hyping his show (plus a bit of a show segment), WLIR 92.7 (Dare to be Different!), New Year's Eve Grucci fireworks on channel 11, Pathmark with James Karen, Ground Round, Grand Union, Jeffrey's, Tourneau Corner, NY Newsday, Money Store (Phil Rizzuto with Santa), Crazy Eddie Xmas, Arthur's Xmas, Genni's Party Center (with Marty the Party Clown, yikes!), a couple of Roselli Movers ads with seductive blondes, Western Beef (with animated cactus), MB Juvenile Furniture Xmas, Coronet, Easy Pickins, "As Is" at the Lyceum, "Mystery of Edwin Drood," "Mayor! The Musical," Kaufman Carpet, The Wiz (w/ some newsreel footage of Ebbet's Field), a spot for a TV studio called Famavision (which might be terrible or great, I'm not sure), Pantagis Famous Renaissance Greek restaurant (two ads, one with a really awful-looking clown), Carvel with Tom Carvel voice-over, Barney's, Video Shack, Avenue Y Party Supply, Potamkin, Concord Hotel at Kiamesha Lake, New York Times, Just Shirts, Fugazy Continental (with Bob Hope VO), Adam's Apple nightclub, Fresh Air Fund, Bay Ridge Toyota (pizza guy), Together dating service, many more...

Celebrity sightings include a quick look at Bryan Cranston in a Michelob ad, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara for the United Jewish Appeal Federation (which will be calling you on Super Sunday--just what you want while watching the game), Nell Carter for the Breast Examination Center of Harlem, Alex Karras, Lyle Alzado, New York Met Gary Carter selling a poster for channel 9, All My Children's Kathleen Noone, others...

Other ads include MTV and VH-1, Star Search '85, Chia Pet, Sierra Club PSA (and lots of Public Service Announcements), For Your Precious Love oldies LP, Civil War Chess Set, the National Enquirer "reporting" on the subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz and the David Hasselhoff diet (not burgers on the floor), Clairesse, Midas (giving away a racehorse!), Arista's Hits LP, Bird Talk magazine (with Bruce Mahler and Buster), the unfortunately-named AYDS diet plan, "Millionaire Maker" Ed Beckley, tons more...

TC15: This one includes great-looking ads taken from WABC and WOR, mostly 1985. Among the local station stuff, there are great movie intros, outros and bumps (WABC Sunday Night Movie, WOR Million Dollar Movie, 9 All Night, etc.), a viewer discretion advisory, and channel 7 used to have an announcer read a brief bio of whatever actors were in that night's film. There's the WNET 13 sign-off. WOR has an "African American Achievers" spot with Suzette Charles, spotlighting cowboy Bill Pickett and the art of Adger Collins. There's one strange WPIX spot with a little boy knocking over his toy blocks which he'd built into the twin towers. Local news folks include Reg Wells, Sara Lee Kessler, Denise Richardson.

Local ads include Steve's Pier 1, Cats at the Wintergarden, New York Newsday (one including a cool overhead shot of Yankee Stadium), Mt. Airy Lodge (fall), Crazy Eddie, The Tap Dance Kid (with Alfonso Ribeiro and Hinton Battle), The Wiz, NBO, a couple for WOR-TV's Children's Christmas Fund (otherwise not much holiday stuff on this comp), Arthur's, 1010 WINS, Adirondacks skiing, NJ tourism (voice-over by Bill Cosby), St. Joseph's College, Wilfred Academy of Beauty (bad!), Mario Fischetti Nurseries, Kleinsleep and a NJ Department of Energy recycling PSA that must be seen to be believed, with a white rapper even worse than Sal the Stockbroker! 

Celebs include Cher for Jack LaLanne, Lionel Richie for Pepsi (I think Jaleel White's in there too), Dan Marino and Joe Montana for Diet Pepsi, the stars of Who's the Boss for TV Guide, Bill Cosby, Telly Savalas, Burt Lancaster for MCI, Lee Majors and Sandahl Bergman for Diet Rite, Scott Bakula for both Ronzoni and Canada Dry (really bad!), Willie Mays, Ray Parker Jr. and Kelly Emberg for Diet Coke, the Del Fuegos for Miller, Kenny Loggins and Paula Yates for a year-end music show, Teri Garr, Barbara Mandrell, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Vincent Price, Zohra Lampert for Goya, J.T. Walsh, Marla Gibbs, Don Shula, Hacksaw Reynolds, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. There's also an ad for a book about Cristy Lane with Sgt. Barry Sadler and Marijohn Wilkin, if you're into that inspirational sort of thing.

Other notable ads include NEC video, Wisk (ring around the collar!), both Singapore Airlines and British Caledonian highlighting the hotness of their stewardesses, Tab (it's got sass), Hal & Duke for Maxwell House, Halsa Shampoo, Pepperidge Farm, and movie promos for The Alchemist and Avenging Angel. Lots, lots more...

TC16: This one starts with WOR ads from February '85, but then goes to an ABC evening movie recorded from WABC shortly before Christmas 1984, then some CBS prime-time stuff (WCBS). There's channel 9's news updates with Denise Richardson and Sara Lee Kessler, WOR movie promos, a WOR Special Presentation of  "African American Achievers in History," where Suzette Charles tells about Louis Armstrong (with art by Romare Bearden, about three years before he died), ABC's "Street Hawk" premiere and many other movies and shows, including a T.J. Hooker with little Tori Spelling (then billed, according to the Newsday TV Book of that week, as "Tori Poloni") and a 20/20 expose on "Bedwetting: A Child's Secret Shame," channel 7's Ernie Anastos, Corey McFerrin and Kaity Tong, channel 2's Michele Marsh, Reggie Harris, Carol Martin and Lester Holt reporting on the Rick Nelson crash, a CBS Newsbreak with Charles Osgood, WCBS covering a LIRR strike and "subway vigilante" chase, etc. etc...

Local interest includes an ad for Apex with that guy and a chick welder with a dynamite fro, "Simone" for the Wilfred Academy of Beauty, Acme supermarket, AALCO Windows with Stephen R. Pacca (and his spangly assistants demonstrating the "Torture Chamber"), Taggart's Driving School, WHN 1050, NY Telephone (one with Michael Bolton singing), Pathmark, the "new" Aquaduct, New Jersey Tourism "Battle of Trenton," Maurice Villency, much more...

Celebs on hand include Cher (with short blonde hair) for Jack LaLanne, young Chris O'Donnell for Sears sweaters, Levi's 501 has a slighty-balding Jason Alexander and a quick look at Bruce Willis, Andy Griffith and Cliff Robertson for AT&T, Kevin Bacon sleepwalking through a CBS "American Portrait" of Marty Mann, fast-talker John Moschitta (and kiddie actor Huckleberry Fox) for Walt Disney World travel, the "new" Star Magazine has Kitty Kelley, Gavin MacLeod and Jaclyn Smith, Cover Girl ads with Christie Brinkley, Carol Alt and Jennifer O'Neill, Jerry O'Connell still with baby fat, Leon Redbone singing for Kodak disc film, Randy Newman and William "Refrigerator" Perry (and daughter) for Nutrasweet, Jim McMahon for Miracle Whip, Phyllis Diller for Wingo in the Post, Glenn Scarpelli (Prego), Mel Blanc doing Foghorn Leghorn for KFC, Merlin Olsen and the San Diego Chicken for FTD, Evonne Goolagong and family for Geritol ("Mommy beat daddy!"), The Platters for Red Lobster, Lynn Redgrave for Weight Watchers (just a warning--you will see Lynn receiving graphic oral pleasures from a slice of pepperoni pizza. It didn't stand a chance.) Plus more!

For Christmas, there's Fruit of the Loom with Emma, a Perry Como special with Ann-Margret, McDonald's with Scrooge giving out McNuggets and gift certificates, Sears, the tear-jerking Kodak one where the little white girl gives the old black neighbor a scarf, and 7 Up with Geoffrey Holder...

Other stuff you might find interesting includes the ad for Stella D'oro Breakfast Treats (with George and Alice in the kitchen at "3 am in the morning"), Claymation California Raisins, Dune, Missing in Action II, Starman, Micki and Maude, The River, Haiti Tourism, Ixtapa Tourism, Levi Cords (bad!), People Magazine, Maaco, Wendy's ("Step aside"), 9 Lives with Morris, Burger King (one with, I think, Janet Hubert, the mother in "Fresh Prince of Belair"), L'eggs Sheer Energy (with the WTC), Lancome Magie Noire, Ivory Shampoo with a piping hot cowgirl, Peter Pan (with a moon-walking jar of PB), a milk ad to the tune of "Goody Two-Shoes," Dow (providing scholarships at Chicago's Providence-St. Mel School), VW Jetta, Entenmann's, Busch Gardens, Club Med, Summer's Eve "Hint of Musk" douche, and plenty more...

TC17:  This one has a lot of CBS network stuff via WCBS, along with some Philly stuff courtesy of WPVI. CBS stuff includes that great "Special" announcement like they used through the 70's, a "We've Got the Touch" promo that has to tell us it's Kenny Rogers singing because it sounds nothing like him, one for weekday soaps, Late Night Movie promos and others for tons of shows, Ivanhoe, Christopher Columbus, "George Burns Comedy Week" (with Catherine O'Hara), CBS Reports with Walter Cronkite and John McCain, Newsbreaks with Marlene Sanders and Fred Graham (reports on New Coke and Reagan polyps), Rolland Smith, Michele Marsh, Lester Holt for WCBS news, more. WPVI stuff includes their "Million Dollar Movie" open, news promo with Rob Jennings, a "Happy Holidays from channel 6," a Chopper 6 promo, Am Philadelphia (with Wally Kennedy and Elizabeth Stark), the open and close to a Christmas episode of "Perspective" with Linda Munich, the sign-off which I've read is from 1971 (and looks it, as it includes the old ABC logo and a Television Code Seal of Approval), tons more...

Local NYC material includes A&P, A&S, Cadillac Carpet, James Roy Furniture; local Philly stuff includes a Krass Brothers spot with bony twerp Ben Krass getting fondled by his usual coterie of glamor gals, a great Christmas spot for "Yuletide at Winterthur," Sheehy Ford, Gimbels, C&C Appliances, Wall to Wall Sound and Video, Levitz, one about business opportunities in Trenton (with entrepreneurs Joy Franklin, Willie Wang--totally not kidding--and Italo Gargione), PA Home Health Services (with longtime local kiddie TV hostess Sally Starr), University Museum, Better Business Bureau of Eastern PA (with George Kennedy), Opera Company of Pennsylvania, Mayor's Commission on Literacy PSA (with Mayor Wilson Goode, I think...), Valley Forge Addictions Program, more more more...

Try to spot celebs such as Stephen King for American Express (the short version--the long one is on TC 12), Vincent Price enjoying a bug zapper, Paulina Porizkova for Diet Sprite, Carol Alt for Noxzema, James Galway for American Express, Michael Landon, Jane Kaczmarek, Victoria Principal for Jhirmack, Nancy Marchand for Wonder Bread, Fyvush Finkel for Tofutti, Richard Thomas and family for Minute Maid, Florence Henderson and Vernee Watson for Wesson, Leontyne Price in a terrible United Negro College Fund spot, little Jenna Von Oy for ice cream, Danny Cooksey, Susan Sullivan, Burton Gilliam (well, you might recognize him, anyway), and others...

Also, you'll find Donald Kehoe of Coca-Cola explaining that old Coke is coming back as "Classic Coke," Dimension conditioner, Calvin Coolers, Mutual of Omaha (with footage of Marlon Perkins wrasslin' a anaconda), People Magazine with Rock Hudson, Frusen Gladje (bitch ate it all!), Burger King with Mr. Bill, Al Eisen's 2000 Flushes, Silverado, Dak ham, the Burt Reynolds movie Stick, ersatz Little Rascals for Jell-O, McDonald's (with an actress who may be Kelli Maroney), a very eighties-tastic Crystal Light ad brimming with aerobics, Chateau Luzerne wine (bigger than a gallon!), a Nissan dealer with breakdancing, Care for the Earth Campaign PSA, National Head Injury Foundation PSA, World Affairs Council PSA, a 1984 March of Dimes PSA with Dr. Eric Knudsen studying owl hearing, a Dustbuster and Spotliter ad that I swear has Kyle Gass, an Apple IIc Christmas ad, lots more!

TC18: (Done; currently being listed; mostly Philly stuff)

TC19: (Done; currently being listed)

TC20: (Done; currently being listed)

TC21: (Done; currently being listed)

TC22: (Done; currently being listed)

TC23: (Done; currently being listed)



Friday, April 02, 2010

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

Here’s a compilation 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 DVD (or VHS tape if you're really old-school) 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 collections, but most are unique to this one. 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 this as a gift…


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 comps 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...
 

7/18/14 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...
LAST UPDATED 8/13/14

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 / Night of 100 Stars II tc12

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 / Kentucky Fried Chicken tc12

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

Bell, Vanessa -- McDonald's tc8

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

Bernard, Crystal -- Pepsi Free tc12

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, Barbara -- McDonald's (as June Cleaver) tc9

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

Bluh, Alison -- Willowbrook Nissan, singing the blues tc11 (I have her singing "Have I got a deal for you!" in another spot somewhere...)

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

Bohrer, Corinne -- M Network video games sg12

Bolton, Michael -- Stanley Doors VO? tc13

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

Bonsall, Brian -- Coca-Cola tc9

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 / Prell tc10

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.]

Brynner, Yul -- The King and I on Broadway tc9

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

Burns, Litany (clairvoyant) --  Time-Life Enchanted World books tc10

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

Carney, Art -- Coca-Cola tc9

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

Carvel, Tom -- Carvel (duh) as turkey voice! tc10/ Carvel VO, flying saucers tc12

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 / Uninhibited perfume tc9

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, Joan -- Canada Dry tc10

Collins, Joe (Yankees) -- Camel c22

Collins, Stephen -- Folger's c32

Conaway, Jeff -- Almond Joy c25

Conner, Dennis (yachtsman) -- US Coast Guard tc8

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 / Kodak tc9

Courter, Jim -- For NJ Congress c69

Cousey, Bob (Celtics) -- FL OJ c21

Cox, Courteney -- Dimension Shampoo c12

Cramer, Floyd -- 

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

Daniels, William -- Buckle Up DoT PSA (VO, as Knight Rider's KITT) tc9

Danza, Tony -- UCP PSA c16 / Diet Rite tc5 / Diet Rite tc8

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 / AIDS awareness PSA, Episcopal Church tc10

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

Denver, Bob -- McDonald's (as Gilligan) tc

De Shields, Andre -- Hunger PSA, WABC tc12

Deutsch, Patti -- Charmin c5 / Prudential c8

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

DiMaggio, Joe -- The Bowery Bank c8

Dole, Elizabeth -- Seatbelt PSA tc10

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

Dysart, Richard -- Higbee's Xmas tc9

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 / WPIX (diff?) tc12

Ebert, Roger -- At the Movies promo tc12

Ebsen, Buddy -- McDonald's (as Jed Clampett) tc9

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 but this one's pretty iffy...]

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...]

Ellis, Merle -- Omaha Steaks tc9

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

Finkel, Fyvush -- NJ Lottery tc10

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

Francis, Connie -- Hits LP's tc12

Franklin, Bonnie -- Save the Children tc9

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 / Toyota '84 tc8 Toyota mult tc9 / Toyota tc10

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 / Ocean Spray tc13

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 / Mazda 929 '88 tc8

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

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

Garrison, David -- REd Lobster tc13

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

Goldberg, Whoopi -- At the Lyceum tc12

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

Gray, Linda -- TV Guide tc9

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

Greene, "Mean" Joe -- Coke c12

Greggains, Joanie -- WKBN Morning Stretch tc8

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 / Ocean Spray tc13

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

Hamill, Pete -- New York Daily News tc12

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

Hammett, Susan (witch) -- Time-Life Enchanted World books tc10

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

Harvard, Andrew (Everest climber) -- Bayer tc9

Havlichek, John -- YMCA c5

Hayes, Helen -- Home S&L c21

Hayes, Olga (tarot card reader) --  Time-Life Enchanted World books tc10

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 / CrossLand Savings tc12 [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 / 7 Up tc9 / Hilton Fontainebleau VO tc12

Holloway, Brian (New England Patriots) -- Alcohol Education PSA tc11

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

Holm, Celeste -- Young Audiences PSA tc10

Holtzman, Liz -- political ad c20

House, Gerry (Nashville DJ) -- Numerous short spots, some with low audio tc8

Houseman, John -- Puritan Oil c20 / Puritan tc9

Houston, Whitney -- Diet Coke t5

Howard, Ron -- see Andy Griffith Show

Howdy Doody Show -- Rice Krispies c24

Huddleston, David -- Citrus Hill c6 / Citrus Hill tc11

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

Irons, Jeremy --  Night of 100 Stars II tc12

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 / tc13 [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 / Pathmark tc11 / Pathmark tc12

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

King, Stephen -- American Express tc12

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

Koop, C. Everett --  Cancer Information Service PSA tc11

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

Landesberg, Steve -- Time Magazine tc11

Landon, Michael -- Kodak Ektra c3

Landry, Tom (Dallas Cowboys) -- Power for Living book c19 / same tc12

Lane, Cristy -- Christmas LP tc10

Lane, Nathan -- Cheetos c14 / Cherry NyQuil t4

Lanier, Bob (Detroit Pistons) -- MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) tc11

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...]

Leisure, David -- NJ Bell Yellow Pages tc10

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, "Grandpa" Al -- McDonald's (as Grandpa Munster) tc9

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 / Ritz Bits tc8 / Ritz (same) tc13

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, Anne -- Acme Supermarket tc12

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 / Flintstones Vitamins VO tc8

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 / Visa Fabrics tc10

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

Matthius, Gail -- Maxwell House tc12

Mattson, Robin -- Santa Barbara t2

Mays, Willie -- Empire Ford tc10

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 / Sports Illustrated Xmas tc10

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 / Ritz Bits tc8 / Ritz (same) tc13

O'Connor, Donald -- Absorbine Jr. c11

Olsen, Merlin -- FTD Christmas t4 / FTD Easter t5 / FTD Christmas tc9

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

Osmond, Ken -- McDonald's (as Eddie Haskell) tc9

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

Pearson, Drew (Dallas Cowboys) -- SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) PSA tc11

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 / tc9 / VO tc12

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 / Quencher Lipstick tc8

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 / Variety Children's Charity PSA tc11

Randolph, Jimmy -- Albert Merrill School, 70's c1 / AMS, 80's (robots!) tc12

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 / United Negro College Fund PSA tc11

Redgrave, Lynn -- Weight Watchers Yogurt t5 / WW Yogurt (same?) tc8

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 / MS mult., incl. Phil as Santa giving away Cabbage Patch Kids, tc9 / MS, old film footage tc10

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

Seymour, Jane -- Le Jardin de Max Factor tc9

Shalit, Gene -- Kodak Disc Camera c8

Shatner, William -- Tourette's Syndrome PSA (dressed as T.J. Hooker) tc10

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 / Head & Shoulders tc10

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

Sinclair, Jon (Olympic hopeful) -- Z-Bec Vitamins tc12

Siskel, Gene --  At the Movies promo tc12

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, Jaclyn -- Jack LaLanne European Spas tc10 (I also have at least one English Leather ad.)

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

Sperling, Sy -- Hair Club for Men tc1

St. John, Jill -- Ocean Spray tc13

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

Storch, Larry  -- New York Daily News tc12

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

Strong, Brenda -- Always Plus Maxis tc8

Sullivan, Susan -- Tylenol t1 / Tylenol t2

Sure, Al B. -- 900 Hotline c69

Sussman, Todd -- Crispy Wheats and Raisins tc11

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 / Good Seasons VO tc12 / Good Seasons VO (diff.) tc13

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 / Water Safety PSA tc8 / [Plus a ton of ads that are included on a cheapo Ernest DVD box set I own.]

Vigoda, Abe -- Social Security PSA t5

Villard, Tom -- 7 Up tc9

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.]

Wagner, Lindsay -- Nescafe tc12

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

Walker, Wesley -- Meals on Whelels PSA c14

Wallace, George -- Vietnam Message c24

Wallach, Eli -- WNEW Movie Club tc12

Walters, Laurie -- Cheerios tc11

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 / Golf Digest tc10

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

Weiseman, Wayne (psychic) -- Time-Life Enchanted World books tc10

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

Wilson, Rita -- Scottowels tc12

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

Winfield, Dave -- NY Summer Jobs c18 / New York Daily News tc12

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.]

Wonder, Stevie -- Kodak Batteries tc9

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 / same tc9

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