TV Ads – 1986 – US Marine Corps + Actor Mark Harmon For Coors Beer

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces ….which are responsible for conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations with the United States Navy predominantly….as well as the Army and Air Force.  The history of the Marine Corps began when two battalions of Continental Marines were formed on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia…..as a service branch of infantry troops capable of fighting both at sea and on shore….who in…

TV Ads – 1986 – Robert Houseman For Smith Barney Investments + J & J Baby Shampoo + Duracell Battery

Smith Barney & Co. was formed in 1938 through the merger of Charles D. Barney & Co. and Edward B. Smith & Co. Charles D. Barney & Co….which was a New York and Philadelphia based firm founded by Charles D. Barney in 1873…..while becoming a significant player in securities underwriting in 1934 ….when the firm absorbed the professionals from the…

TV Ads – 1980 – Gig Young For Sanka Coffee + Stove Top Stuffing + Vaseline Jelly + NBC Program Promo

Sanka is a brand of instant decaffeinated coffee….which is sold around the world….and was one of the earliest decaffeinated varieties. Sanka is distributed in the United States by Kraft Foods. Vaseline is an American brand of petroleum jelly-based products….which is owned by British-Dutch company Unilever…..with products that include plain petroleum jelly and a selection of skin creams, soaps, lotions, cleansers, and deodorants. Stove Top is a stuffing that…

TV Ads – 1983 – George Plimpton For Atari Vs Intelivision + Vicks Headway Nasal Spray + RCA Recorder

George Plimpton was an American journalist, writer, literary editor, actor and occasional amateur sportsman….who is widely known for his sports writing and for helping to found The Paris Review….as well as his patrician demeanor and accent….as he was also famous for “participatory journalism” which included competing in professional sporting events….acting in a Western movie….performing a comedy act at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas….and playing with the New York…

TV Ads – 1986 US Army + NFL Miami Dolphins Hall Of Fame QB Dan Marino For Chevy Cavalier Cars

Dan Marino is an American former football quarterback….who played seventeen seasons for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL….when after a successful college career at Pittsburgh University….where he was named 1st team All-American in 1981….and became the last quarterback taken in the first round of the quarterback class of 1983. Marino held or currently holds dozens of NFL records associated with the quarterback position….and despite…

TV Ads – 1980 – Pontiac Cars + Actress Linda Carter For Maybelline Nail Color + Wide World Of Disney

Lynda Carter is an American actress, singer, songwriter, model and beauty pageant titleholder….who was crowned Miss World United States 1972…..and is most widely known as the star of the American live action television series Wonder Woman….in the role of Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, based on the DC comic book fictional  super heroine character of the same name….which aired on ABC and later on CBS from 1975 to 1979.

TV Ads – 1980 – Southwestern Bell Long Distance + Replay Chewing Gum + Hallmark Greeting Cards

During the “long distance wars” of the 1970’s and 1980’s…..Southwestern Bell was the “big gun” around the country….which meant they had lots of TV ads being aired all over the airways.  One of the interesting aspects of posting these videos in our TV ADS section here at ImaSportsphile….is just how many of these advertisements are for companies and…

TV Ads – 1986 – Dean Witter Investments + CBS Promo For TV Program MARY With Mary Tyler Moore

Dean Witter Reynolds was founded in 1978 as the merger of Dean Witter & Co. and Reynolds Securities…with Dean Witter acquiring Reynolds….which was then the biggest merger in the history of Wall Street….then the company was acquired by Sears in 1981….and was renamed Dean Witter, Discover & Co….when in 1993, Sears spun off the company.  The company served over 3.2 million clients primarily…

TV Ads – 1983 – OH GOD Comedian George Burns For Ray O Vac Batteries

George Burns was an American comedian….actor….singer….and writer…..who was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville….radio….film….and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar-smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century…..during which time he and his wife, Gracie Allen, appeared on radio….television….and film as the comedy duo Burns and Allen. At age 79, Burns had a sudden career…