TV Ads – 1984 – Levi 501 Jeans + Energizer Batteries + Converse Shoes + Sani-Flush Toilet Cleaner

DOG COMMENTARY: “5:01 Blues“ is a song written by Michael Garvin and Jeff Tweel, and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard….which was released in April 1989 as the first single and title track from the album 5:01 Blues. The song reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart From the mid-1980’s to the early…

Martial Arts – 1978 – Special – The World Of Self Defense – Madison Square Garden

DOG COMMENTARY: Many styles of martial arts are practiced for self-defense or include self-defense techniques….as some styles train primarily for self-defense….while other martial or combat sports can be effectively applied for self-defense. Some martial arts train how to escape from a knife or gun situation….or how to break away from a punch….while others train how to attack. To provide…

TV Ads – 1983 – Lacks Furniture + Horseshoe Bay TX + NBCs Dallas Promo + Siskel & Ebert

DOG COMMENTARY: Lacks Furniture was as success in 1985….and is still going strong in 2018….as it has become an Austin furniture tradition for shoppers….featuring top-named brands from all over the world. Horseshoe Bay is a city in Llano and Burnet counties in the U.S. state of Texas….which is located on Lake Lyndon B. Johnson and the south branch of the Colorado River….and it is known in the region…

TV Ads – 1982 – Kmart + Call To Glory Promo + Car Quest Auto Parts + Interwest Bank Austin

DOG COMMENTARY: Kmart Corporation (simply known as Kmart and stylized as kmart) is an American big box department store chain headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The chain’s management purchased Sears for $11 billion in 2004….and formed a new corporation under the name Sears Holdings Corporation….as Kmart was transferred to the new Sears Holdings Corporation.  The company known as Kmart was incorporated in 1916….while the first Kmart named store…

TV Ads – 1982 – Kentucky Fried Chicken Nuggets + Goodyear Vector Tires +

DOG COMMENTARY: Kentucky Fried Chicken was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders….who was an entrepreneur that began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky during the Great Depression. Sanders identified the potential of the restaurant franchising concept….and the first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” franchise opened in Utah in 1952…..as they popularized chicken in the fast food industry….while diversifying the market by challenging the established…

TV Ads – 1979 – Clairol Shampoo + Star Club Austin + Rod N Custom Car Show + Janet Stockard Attorney

DOG COMMENTARY: According to writer Malcolm Gladwell….Clairol products captured the feminist sensibilities of the day with a shampoo-in hair color and memorable advertising slogans….as author of social psychology bestsellers (The Tipping Point and Blink)….Gladwell wrote in “True Colors” (a 1999 New Yorker history of hair dye), “In writing the history of women in the postwar era, did we forget something important? Did we leave out hair?”….where as in…

TV Ads – 1980 – Dick Van Dyke For Polaroid + Coors Beer + Copper Dollar Bar + Southwest Airlines

DOG COMMENTARY:  This video clip of 1980 TV ads features FDS Feminine Spray which apparently made women “keep that fresh feeling longer”…..but we guess not long enough….cuz they’re not around today….but Polaroid Instant Cameras are still on the shelves today.   The instant camera is a type of camera which uses self-developing film to create a chemically developed print shortly after taking the…

TV Ads – 1979 – Dexitrim Capsules + Pioneer Electronics + Dairy Queen Sundaes

DOG COMMENTARY: Dexatrim is an over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplement meant to assist with weight loss….as Dexatrim claims it “gives you the power to lose weight, curb binges, and keep you in control of your diet.”    Current Dexatrim products available are in capsule form and include Dexatrim Max Complex 7, Dexatrim Max Daytime Appetite Control, Dexatrim Natural Green Tea,…

Baseball – 1980 – Animated Special – Take Me Up To The Ball Game – With Phil Silvers

DOG COMMENTARY: Take Me Up to the Ball Game is the sixth animated television special from Nelvana Limited….which was released in September of 1980. The title is a play on the song title “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”….as a children’s baseball team….consisting of anthropomorphic animals….encounters a talent scout from outer space named Irwin (voiced by Phil Silvers)….who offers them the chance to play against…