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Thursday, April 23, 2015

TV Thursdays: It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature!

As we were driving home tonight admiring the daffodils and flowering trees, rain began to pelt down with --- sleet! We also saw a few snowflakes.

As I sat there cursing out Mother Nature (it's late April, after all, time for a real Spring), I remembered the 1970's Mother Nature commercials.

Dena Dietrich played Mother Nature in a Chiffon Margarine commercial in the early 1970s. The first one was so successful that she did quite a few more for the rest of the decade.

This was the first one, with the legendary tag line, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!"

That's Mason Adams as the announcer. He was famous for voicing the tag line: "With a name like Smucker's, it has to be good" for Smucker's jams and jellies. He voiced those for many years, in addition to many, many others.

The "Mother Nature" commercial was so successful that Dena Dietrich did quite a few more.

Here are a couple:

The Mother Nature commercials ran from around 1971-1979. 

In 2002 they stopped making Chiffon Margine for the American market.

Dena Dietrich is 86 years old now. If you check on this Facebook page, there are photos of her from 2012 and she looks great!

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Cherry Blossom Trees are Starting to Bloom

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The cherry blossom trees in Newark’s Branch Brook Park are starting to bloom!

Most of the park is in Newark, but a small portion is in neighboring Belleville. They were late again this year because of the long and harsh winter. 

More cherry blossom trees are being planted to replace some old trees and also to increase the amount of cherry blossom trees in the park to over 5,000! That’s more than Washington, D.C.! As a matter of fact, it is the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the United States!

The park's design was created by the firm of Frederick Olmsted, who also designed the magnificent Central Park in New York.

This year, the cherry blossom trees are still officially in the “budding” stage, since some still only have buds and some have almost nothing to show yet. 

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As you can see, some branches have both buds and fully formed flowers on them. 

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And some trees are nearing their peak bloom.

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You can read about the historic cherry blossoms trees and the history of the park here

You can see my other cherry blossom photos here.  

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

TV Thursdays: Presenting The Barkleys!

My favorite recent commercials: may I present The Barkleys!

I think that one may be the best, but there are some other brilliant ones:

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