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One of my earliest TV memories

I was three and a half years old when this aired. I loved the little puppet lady with the red hair … and I couldn’t figure out why a man was named “Gale”.UPDATE: While I’m on the old-school TV subject, look at this jaw-dropping cigarette commercial from back in the day. Apparently it was never aired. Gosh, I wonder why. Below the jump:

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posted July 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm

One of my earliest TV memories is of Underdog on its first Saturday morning run. I had a childhood crush on Sweet Polly Purebred.

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posted July 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Of a couple of animated ads I remember, I couldn’t find the ads themselves, only a couple of peoples comments who remembered them also:
I have been trying to track down an anti smoking animation short i remember from 30 some years ago! It featured a smoker who also worked in demolition, while lighting a fuse to set off some dynamite, he discovers it was the only light he had for his cigarette. So, he runs after the fuse, right up to the dynamite, just to get his cigarette lit, and BANG! 😉
I remember as a little girl watching a “public service” type of TV ad- I forget exactly what it was trying to promote. The ad was about a grizzled old ranch owner who dealt with trespassers, cattle rustlers, and those less fortunate in society the same way: “Hang him- it will teach him a lesson “; “String him up- it will teach him a lesson”.
One day, the ranch owner went to meet his maker, and stood before the Judgment Seat with much fear and trepidation, as he now realized how mercilessly he had treated others who were only trying to survive. Finally, judgment from “above” was pronounced on the ranch owner : “Forgive him- it will teach him a lesson”.

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Heritage Hills

posted July 20, 2010 at 4:47 am

I wondered about a guy named “Gale”, as well. Ah, the good old days.

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David J. White

posted July 20, 2010 at 7:45 am

My father has a videotape he bought some years ago containing a collection of cigarette commercials from over the 20 years or so they aired on TV. As social documents, they are fascinating. Apparently cigarette advertising was considered real test of marketing ability. Since there are really no appreciable differences between different brands of cigarettes (unlike, say, different kinds of cars, which might really differ from one another in the features they offer), cigarette advertising is entirely about creating and selling an image associated with the brand.

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posted July 20, 2010 at 10:35 am

That’s funny. I was doing the same thing yesterday, looking through old tv footage. My earliest recollection is watching a static-fuzzy “Jackie Gleason Show” (then in syndication) while fiddling with the television’s rabbit ears. Crazy Guggenheim, Reginald Van Gleason, etc.

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posted July 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

I’m roughly the same age as you. Back then, I thought that was Lucille Ball’s only TV show! Have you ever seen Esco statues of The Marx Brothers, Laurel & Hardy, etc? That little Lucy was like an Esco statue come to life.

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posted July 20, 2010 at 11:30 am

Sorry, Rod, but this is fake ad. Cigarette TV ads were banned in the U.S. as of January 1971, and in Europe in the mid-’90s, I believe. Why is this important? Well, Kool Milds didn’t adopt their blue-box package featured at the end of this ad until around 2000, and they were manufactured by Brown & Williamson until 2004, when R.J. Reynolds bought out B&W.
How do I know all this? Well, I used to smoke Kool Milds until Ruthie got sick, and then I quit.
P.S. If you Google “Martin Rubarb Fines,” from the clip’s description (“Martin Rubarb Fines produced this commercial for the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. He hasn’t worked in advertising since”) you’ll find several other mentions of Mr. Fines, who also hasn’t worked in advertising since “producing” ads for General Motors, Pfizer and Hoverround Power Chairs.

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