Media Blog Posts
This week's video features a couple of classic commercials that I found in my VHS collection. These are from the early 1980s. Some of the shows that were recorded were in 1982.
This Week's Commercials
Lite Beer - Mr. Butkis and Mr. Smith in this classic Lite Beer commercial
Miller High Life - A 1980s commercial with World Trade Center.
Atari - The game that everyone wanted to play in the 1980s.
Howard Johnsons - A classic Howard Johnsons commercial. Remember, "If it's not your mother, it must be Howard Johnson."
Rich Little Answering Machine
This week's Media Monday has another Radio Shack Answering Machine collection. This one features various impersonations done by Rich Little.
Rich Little does a really good job on these, it is hard to believe that all the voices here are done by one person!
- Jimmy Stewart
- Humphrey Bogart
- W.C. Fields
- Jackie Gleason and Art Carney - "The Honeymooners"
- Jack Benny
- Richard Nixon
- John Wayne
- George Burns and Gracie Allen
- John Houseman
- Clark Gable
Here are a couple of classic commercials featuring NBA Legend Micheal Jordan. These came out in the 2000s. These aired when Michel Jordan was in his second retirement from the NBA (1999 - 2001).
Bill Bradley for President Commercial - This aired in California during the primaries.
MCI 5 Cent Everyday - Classic commercial featuring some characters from Space Jam.
Celebrity AnswerAlls #2
This week Media Monday features another celebrity telephone answering machine message. This collection has many of the same voices as the Radio Shack collection.
This tape is from 1982. I can’t recall exactly where I got this one. Maybe Caldor or Radio Shack.
There is another "best-of collection" with a similar name. That collection is the best of all the Celebrity AnswerAlls from the series.
This collection was made by the Project Market Group from Boca Raton, Florida. I wasn’t able to find any information on the company. I suspect they must have closed sometime in the 1980s.
- WC Fields
- Jimmy Carter
- Barbra Streisand
- Charles Dickens
- Cheech & Chong
- Lou Costello
- Frank Sinatra
- James Cagney
After hearing this tape, would you actually use any of the voices that you heard?
Classic Internet Commercial
Here are some classic Internet commercials that I found in my VHS collection. These all aired around the early 2000s.
- Circuit City - "Find it, Love it"
- Earth Web - "Win a Million Dollars!"
- Webstakes.com - "The Easiest Place on Earth to Win a Prize"
- Nokia - "The Petersons"
- Issuz - "Joe Isuzu and the Axion"
- MSN - "Welcome to MSN Broadband"
Radio Shack Outgoing Message
In the 1980s, you could go to Radio Shack and get some cool things. One thing that I found was a cassette tape that featured celebrities' impersonations to spice up your answering machine. The impersonations weren't all that good.
These tapes were to be funny and encourage people to leave messages. I have a couple of different cassette tapes in my collection. I don't know why I felt the need to buy a series. As I recall the tapes cost about $5. They were placed near the phones and answering machines.
- W.C. Fields
- Mae West?
- George Burns and Gracie Allen
- Mad Scientist
- Rodney Dangerfield
- Groucho Marx
- Barbra Streisand
- Alfred Hitchcock
- Gilda Radner
In the late 1990's one of the late-night infomercials was Video Professor. They produce training CDs on how to use the computer. In the half-hour-long Infomercial, they were promoting the ability to try out their videos in any subject that people want. All you had to do is pay for shipping and handling.
What Video Professor didn't talk much about is the "fine print." Customers would be signed up for a subscription service where future videos would be charged to the credit card on file. They wouldn't get charged if they canceled their subscription. Some of the videos would cost between $50 to $399.
Due to various lawsuits and lagging sales, the company folded in 2002.
Here is a clip of the commercial that I recorded on April 24, 1999 - nearly 22 years ago.
Phone Call gone Wrong
Just about everyone has gotten the extended car warranty phone calls. My favorite is when they call me about a car that I have never owned.
The following phone conversation happened about a year ago. They called me about a car that I have never owned.
This call ends a strange way. I think the lady didn't understand what I said and pretty much wrote off the call.
This week's Media Monday is a look at some classic Internet Job Commercials and a segment on the Dot Com Guy.
- Hot Jobs Commercial - "ipo//ipo"
- Monster.com - "Where will Ted Go?"
- Dot Com Guy - KTVU segment about Mitch Maddox being the DOT COM Guy.
There were some other clips that I had, but I couldn't find them. These will have to do this week.
Driving in San Francisco
San Francisco has one of the worst traffic in the country. It wasn't all that great in 2000.
Here's a mix of the Traffic Report from TV and the Radio.
I am not sure about the date of the radio piece. I believe it was sometime in the 2000s.
Classic New England Commercials
This week, I decided to feature some classic New England Commercials.
These I had digitalized in 1998 on my Macintosh Centris 660AV computer. I may still have the orginal DVDs and could create a better quality version in the future.
In this week's video:
- Bank Of Boston - Great Tune!
- Ames - Classic Department store. (I remember the one in Acton, Massachusetts.)
- Breakfast Mate - Not Really New England, but on a VHS tape that was New England.
- Eastern Airlines - This one is pretty old. Not exactly sure of the date. Care to guess?
Capital One and Student Loan
Here are a couple of scam voice messages that I got in the past few months. These don't actually seem to be real people but just computer-generated messages. I guess they want to see if I am gullible and will respond to the voice messages to get more information.
Missed Call from 800-258-6019. This isn't a Capital One phone number and I don't even have a Capital one Credit Card.
Hello. This is Elizabeth calling from the underwriting department regarding your Capital one credit card account based on your recent payment activity and balance you may be eligible for an interest rate reduction to as low as 1.9% and there is additional information. I need to confirm your eligibility or so please return my call directly in the underwriting department at 1-800-258-6019. Once again 1-800-258-6019 and will be the only notice you receive and this offer is only valid for three business days. Thank you.
Student Loan Processing Department
Missed Call from (617) 380-3109. Note the caller never mentions the actual name of the company, just as "student loan processing department."
Hey, sorry, I missed you. This is Andrew of on with the student loan processing department. I'm following up because there's a lot happening right now with the new year and the new President and since you have been completed your student loan forgiveness application with us we really need to finish it now. So please give us a callback today at this number before 6:00 PM if you're no longer interested that's fine too just call us and let us know you're not interested. I will remove you from our follow, up list and cancel the pending application, thanks and happy new year.
Suspicious Package in San Jose
Back in 2000, there was a bomb scare by the "Gold Building" in Downtown San Jose. Many streets were closed off because they didn't know how dangerous the package was.
Watch the 6 pm coverage by KRON TV. The video features Pete Wilson at the anchor desk, Sgt. Steve Dixon, and Jim Goldman reporting from the field.
I was there!
The interesting thing about this story is that I was actually n the building when this was all going on. I had arrived at work really early that morning. There wasn't an announcement to the people in the building to leave.
I remember calling co-workers letting them know what was happening.
Classic KRON clips
Back in the late 1990s I lived in San Jose, California. One of the shows that I loved to watch was the 11 pm KRON news.
I had a VCR recorder, and every once in a while, I would record the news.
The following are a couple of clips from the year 2000. The first clip features the "Internet Phone" - a phone in the desert. The second clip is a classic "From the File" funny that Pete Wilson would do.
I hope you enjoyed these classic KRON TV moments.
COVID-19 Credit Debit
There seems to be a lot of scammers trying to take advantage of people during the pandemic. Back in September, I got this strange voice mail:
This is the transcript done by Apple:
“Hello please listen carefully the new law CV 19 - makes a current credit card balances in certain price of the loans and lines of credit, not a collectible and not enforceable so um do the current situation that we're all facing the new laws helping to stop predatory banks and lenders what we all get back on track if you want to find out how much of your debt will be your race please just call me back at 619-900-2845 again 619-900-2845 thanks take care…”
As of today, there has been no law about loans or credit card debt not being collectible or enforceable.
The phone number: 619-900-2845 is the same number on the caller id. It registers to no person or organization - at least nothing found online.
Notice that the voice message never indicates the company/financial company that they represent.