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…

TV Ads – 1982 – Dick Van Dyke For Kodak Cameras + Windex + Dr Pepper + Jack In The Box

DOG COMMENTARY: Kodak cameras and film have been a success story since 1898….as one of the dominant players in the industry until 2012….when the company went through Chapter 11 bankruptcy…. after which it sold its photographic film, scanners and kiosk operations…..but back in 1982 when this commercial aired….they were at the top of the heap…

NFL – 1978 – Special – The Blocked Punt + Greatest Of The Greats Paul Warfield

DOG ASIDE:  This video provides a cornucopia of highlights and special features….as it kicks off with a look at the effect of blocked punts in the NFL….and how teams are now planning and training on how to efficiently block punts….as it has become a bit of a science.  The viewer receives a really good understanding…

TV Ads – 1979 – AT+T Long Distance + Goodyear Tires + Bruce Willis For Seagrams Wine Coolers

DOG COMMENTARY:  In telecommunications, a long-distance call or trunk call is a telephone call made to a location outside a defined local calling area….as long-distance calls have been typically charged a higher billing rate than local calls. The term is not necessarily synonymous with placing calls to another telephone area code.  Long-distance calls are classified into two categories….one bein national calls which connect two…