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Earliest: September 25, 2015Latest: June 7, 2021Total: 42
June 7, 2021

1982 Commercial

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."

May 31, 2021

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!

Voice Impersonations

  1. Jimmy Stewart
  2. Humphrey Bogart
  3. W.C. Fields
  4. Jackie Gleason and Art Carney - "The Honeymooners"
  5. Jack Benny
  6. Richard Nixon
  7. John Wayne
  8. George Burns and Gracie Allen
  9. John Houseman
  10. Clark Gable
May 24, 2021

Michael Jordan

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).

Commercials

Bill Bradley for President Commercial - This aired in California during the primaries.

MCI 5 Cent Everyday - Classic commercial featuring some characters from Space Jam.

May 17, 2021

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.

Celebrity Impressions

  1. WC Fields
  2. Jimmy Carter
  3. Barbra Streisand
  4. Charles Dickens
  5. Cheech & Chong
  6. Lou Costello
  7. Frank Sinatra
  8. James Cagney

Question

After hearing this tape, would you actually use any of the voices that you heard?

May 10, 2021

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"
May 3, 2021

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.

Tape Contents

  • Introduction
  • W.C. Fields
  • Mae West?
  • George Burns and Gracie Allen
  • Mad Scientist
  • Rodney Dangerfield
  • Groucho Marx
  • Columbo
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Gilda Radner
April 26, 2021

Video Professor

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.

April 19, 2021

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.

April 12, 2021

Job Commercials

This week's Media Monday is a look at some classic Internet Job Commercials and a segment on the Dot Com Guy.

Features:

  • 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.

April 5, 2021

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.