TV Ads – 1979 – John Belushi Decathlete Champion For Chocolate Donuts Cereal

DOG ASIDE: There is something about John Belushi that just tickles my funny bone….and we chiweenies’ have a real sensitive funny bone that when tickled in the right way….it turns into a full-blown “side hurtin’ belly grabbin’” laugh….I mean rolling on the floor laugh….and that little short, squatty, hairy, semi-neanderthal looking man….could tickle my funny bone just…

TV Ads – 1978 – Kelloggs Corn Flakes + Firestone Tune Up & Tires

DOG COMMENTARY:  Corn flakes, or cornflakes, are a popular breakfast cereal made by toasting flakes of corn. The cereal was first created by John Harvey Kellogg in 1894….as a food that he thought would be healthy for the patients of the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan where he was superintendent. The breakfast cereal proved popular among the patients and the Kellogg Company (Kellogg’s) was set…

NFL – 1978 – Special – The Blocked Punt + NCAA Bowl Game Predictions + Paul Warfield Tribute

DOG ASIDE: This 1978 CBS Sports special hosted by the NFL Today crew of Brent Musburger, Irv Cross and Jimmy the Greek Snyder provides an inside look at the blocked punt in the NFL….and how faster athletes have changed the game and dynamics of blocked punts….as it is interesting to learn that 96% of all…

Music – 1978 – Austin City Limits – Merle Haggard – Got That Old Fashion Love In My Heart

DOG ASIDE: One of my all-time favorite country and western singer was Merle Haggard….for this great musician could do old time country music like nobody else…as evidenced by this tribute to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys with his rendition of “Got That Old Fashion Love In My Heart”….as played with those twin-fiddles….for it just don’t…

Comedy – 1983 – Bob Hope Special – On The Road To Hollywood – Part II

DOG COMMENTARY:  There has never been and may never ever again be a comedian that was any more loved, respected and appreciated by an entire nation as was Bob Hope….for he was the gold standard for American comedy for nearly 80 years. Sir Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope was an American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete and author….who appeared in more…

Boxing – 1978 – Special – Muhammad Ali In Russia – Covered By Howard Cosell

DOG ASIDE: Any time you get both Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell behind a mike together….you dang near have MUST SEE TV!!!….cuz these two cats were brilliant apart….but dynamite when they were together….as no one had more influence on Howard Cosell’s career than Ali…..and no one had more impact on Ali’s career than Howard Cosell….for…

Music – 1978 – Austin City Limits – Chet Atkins – The Autumn Leaves

DOG COMMENTARY: Chet Atkins was known as “Mr. Guitar“ and “The Country Gentleman“….who was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer….who along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, among others, created the country music style that came to be known as the Nashville sound….which expanded country music’s appeal to adult pop music fans.  He was primarily known as a guitarist…..but  also played…

TV Ads – 1979 – James Garner For Polaroid Cameras + Miller Beer + Armor All Cleaner

DOG COMMENTARY: Having James Garner pitch you product was like having a “card shark hustling private dick” telling you about the virtues of your product….for Garner was an American actor, producer, and voice artist….who  starred in several television series over more than five decades….including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950’s western series Maverick….and Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files….who also played leading roles…

Music – 1978 – The Orange Blossom Special – Mel Tillis + Merle Haggard + Charlie Daniels + Et Al

DOG ASIDE: The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Special” is about the passenger train of the same name….which was written by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938. The original recording was created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939. It is often called simply The Special. It has been referred to as the fiddle player’s national anthem. By the 1950’s, it had become a perennial favorite at bluegrass festivals….where…