Posts with the label 1970s
Showing posts with label 1970s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1970s. Show all posts

April 23, 2015

It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature!

old television


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.

It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature!

April 23, 2015

April 02, 2015

WCBS-TV New York Celebrates New York and New Jersey

 

WCBS-TV New York Celebrates 1970s

In the 1970s we still had local television, not just the local news. Here is WCBS-TV New York (Channel 2) in New York celebrating New York:

 


WCBS-TV New York Celebrates New York and New Jersey

April 02, 2015

March 26, 2015

You Deserve A Break Today!

old television

McDonald’s is struggling nowadays in the market. Perhaps they should drop that idiotic campaign and extremely stale “I’m lovin’ it” and go back to this classic from the 1970s, with a new cast, of course.

 



Oh, right they can’t, because for some stupid reason they lost the rights to the song.

Anyway, in this advertisement filled with very talented performers, I spy John Amos (appearing at the time in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and future father in Good Times), Anson Williams (future Potsie in Happy Days), John Wheeler (the manager with the operatic voice, I remember him singing operatically as part of Felix's opera club in The Odd Couple), Johnny Haymer, future actor in M*A*S*H ("Put a shine on the floor!”) and the wonderful character actor Robert Ridgely (with the clean burger machine!) 

I’m trying to figure out the others, especially the actor who opens the commercial. He looks familiar. 

This commercial was immensely successful and influential, and the best campaign McDonald’s ever had.

You Deserve A Break Today!

March 26, 2015

December 25, 2014

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)

Old television
This is the TV movie that started it all. This film, based on creator Earl Hamner's real-life family, aired in 1971. 

It was such a huge success that a series was created. That series, The Waltons, was expected to be a flop but ran for nine years.


The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)

December 25, 2014

November 20, 2014

Late Night Local TV and Saturday Night Discomania

 
Old tube television

I really, really miss 1970s television. Not just the great shows that were in prime time, but late night local TV - which simply doesn't exist anymore, except for local news. 




Late Night Local TV and Saturday Night Discomania

November 20, 2014

July 17, 2014

Great Adventure Theme Park and Rolling Thunder!

Great Adventure is a theme park in Jackson Township, New Jersey that opened in 1974 and still is open today.

The ride I remember most is Rolling Thunder, a wooden rollercoaster that operated from 1979-2013. It was a sad day when it closed and was finally demolished. Rolling Thunder was so famous it even has its own Wikipedia page.

I wasn't fond of roller coasters than turned upside down which is why I preferred Rolling Thunder to Lightnin' Loops.

I do remember how Rolling Thunder would s-l-o-w-l-y climb up the tracks and poise for a breathless moment on top -- and then go racing down!

Here is a commercial for the new Rolling Thunder roller coaster in 1979!






July 13, 2014

School's Out for Summer!


I still remember the last day of sixth grade. We struggled through the half-day, getting our report cards, and waiting with anxiety for the summer to start! Finally, our teacher smilingly said “You can go now!” and a bunch of boys went screaming out of the classroom, while the teachers laughed. 

School's Out for Summer!

July 13, 2014

July 06, 2014

Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush


The first time I remember seeing and hearing the English singer-songwriter Kate Bush was on Saturday Night Live in 1978. She was a bit older than me but still a teenager and she sang very well and I thought she was talented in a quirky way. 

Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush

July 06, 2014

June 26, 2014

Look For the Union Label TV Commercial

This commercial for IlGWU (The International Ladies Garment Workers Union) ran in various forms throughout my childhood.