TV Ads – 1979 – James Garner For Mazda Cars + Busch Beer + Gillette Atra Plus Razors

DOG COMMENTARY: The Mazda Familia, also marketed prominently as the Mazda 323 and Mazda Protegé was a small family car that was manufactured by Mazda between 1963 and 2003. The Familia line was replaced by the Mazda3/Axela for 2004….which was marketed as the Familia in Japan….and for export, earlier models were sold with nameplates including: “800”, “1000”, “1200”, and “1300”. In North America….as the 1200 was replaced by…

TV Ads – 1978 – Maxithins Feminine Pads + Avon + Tab Soda + American Express Travelers Checks

DOG COMMENTARY: Avon Products, Inc, known as Avon, was founded by David H. McConnell in 1886 as a direct selling company in beauty, household, and personal care categories…..who had annual sales of $5.7 billion worldwide in 2016.  It is the fifth-largest beauty company….and with 6.4 million representatives, is the second largest direct selling enterprise in the world (after Amway).  As a boy in West Texas,…

TV Ads – 1979 – Master Locks + Don Shula For Hyponex Lawns + Midas Brakes + Peanuts For Met Life

DOG COMMENTARY: Master Lock is an American company that develops padlocks, combination locks, safes and related security products….which is now a subsidiary of Fortune Brands Home & Security….as Master Lock Company LLC was formed in 1921 by locksmith/inventor Harry E. Soref….which is now headquartered in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.  In 1970, the company was purchased by American Brands from Soref’s heirs…. which was later renamed to Fortune Brands. …

TV Ads -1979 – Magic Johnson For 7UP + Scavenger Hunt Movie + TSO Contacts + Tonight Show Promo

DOG COMMENTARY:  For many years during the 1970’s and 1980’s 7Up Soda used many sports icons in their television commercials…..and in this 1979 ad was no different…..as 7Up used  Cubs slugger Dave Kingman…..NY Rangers star Don Maloney…..and Los Angeles rookie star Magic Johnson to pitch their soda.  This movie promo for Scavenger Hunt….which was a new…

TV Ads – 1978 – Kelloggs Bran Flakes Cereal + Busch Beer

DOG COMMENTARY: Kelloggs Bran Flakes are a popular breakfast cereal product similar to their Kelloggs Corn Flakes….which consists of small toasted flakes of wheat or oat bran together with binders and seasoning….which are nutritionally fortified….and usually served cold with milk.  Kelloggs Bran Flakes are high in dietary fiber….which can reduce the rate of increase in blood sugar and…

TV Ads – 1980 – Jeep Eagle Cars + Delta Airlines Caring Counsel

DOG COMMENTARY: The Jeep-Eagle Division consisted mostly of what was left of American Motors after its acquisition by Chrysler….along with their first group vice president being Joseph Cappy….who previously held the post of AMC president and chief executive officer….as the new organization was responsible for continuing the promotion, sales, and product engineering for Jeep and the remaining AMC vehicles….most…

TV Ads – 1978 – Mutual Of Omaha – Marlin Perkins + Jim Fowler For Wild Kingdom

DOG ASIDE: The original Wild Kingdom grew from discussions that started in 1962 between zoologist Marlin Perkins and V. J. Skutt….the chairman and CEO of insurance company Mutual of Omaha Insurance. The company had been the sponsor of an earlier animal-related show, Zoo Parade, that Perkins had hosted from 1952 until 1957….a program which was also intimately involved with the creation of Wild…

TV Ads – 1979 – Kelloggs Product 19 Cereal + Radio Shack TV Antennas

DOG COMMENTARY: When you hear the name “Product 19”….you’ll either flash on an experimental invention from some corporate R&D department….or, if you’re one of its fans…. you might think of the health cereal….which was rare in the aisles of American supermarkets….yet loved all the same.  Most people these days seemed to barely know of its…

TV Ads – 1978 – Kelloggs Fruitful Bran Cereal + Ladys Choice Deodorant + McDonalds

DOG COMMENTARY: Every now and then I come across a video to post that I really can’t find very much information about the participants in the video to write about….and this is one of those videos…..as there wasn’t anything to be found about Kellogg’s Fruitful Bran cereal…..now, Kellogg’s has tons of cereals with information about…