TV Ads – 1978 – J C Penney Battery + Bonnie Bell 10-06 Lotion + Long John Silvers + Amalie Oil

DOG COMMENTARY: On February 12, 1971, James Cash Penney died at the age of 95….and out of respect for his death….the company’s stores were closed for the morning of February 16 during his funeral.  That year, the company’s revenues reached $5 billion (equivalent to $30.2 billion in 2018) for the first time and catalog business made a…

TV Ads – 1982 – J C Penney + Revlon Flex Shampoo + Aim Toothpaste + Final Touch Fabric Softener

DOG COMMENTARY: J. C. Penney (stylized as JCPenney) is an American department store chain with 1,095 locations in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico….where in addition to selling conventional merchandise….JCPenney stores often house several leased departments such as Sephora, Seattle’s Best Coffee, salons, optical centers, portrait studios and jewelry repair.  Most JCPenney stores are located in suburban shopping malls…..but before 1966….most of its stores were located in downtown…

TV Ads – 1984 – AT&T Products + L A Beer + Johnson Controls

DOG COMMENTARY: AT&T Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered at Whitacre Tower in downtown Dallas, Texas….as AT&T is the world’s largest telecommunications company….while being the second largest provider of mobile telephone services….and the largest provider of fixed telephone services in the United States.  AT&T Inc. began its history as Southwestern Bell Telephone Company….which was a subsidiary of the Bell Telephone Company….which was founded by Alexander Graham Bell in 1880.  Bell Telephone…

TV Ads – 1979 – Joe Theismann For Igloo Coolers + Alka Seltzer

DOG ASIDE: This 1979 Igloo Coolers tv ad features Redskins QB Joe Theismann pitching the value of Igloo Coolers…which is an American manufacturer of ice chests, drink containers and supporting accessories….which is headquartered in Katy, Texas…while being started in 1947….as a small metalworking shop that made metal water coolers for blue collar workers….and today, Igloo Products is a leading…

TV Ads – 1985 – IBM Fractal Geometry Computers + Lipton Tea + K Mart + KTVV Ch 24 Newsbrief + Plexar

DOG COMMENTARY: This IBM computer ad focuses on their introduction of fractal geometry into their computers….which allowed such applications as finding pockets of crude oil below the ground….as the ideas in the fractals, both as a body of knowledge and as a metaphor, an incredibly important way of looking at the world in the future.  Lipton…

TV Ads – 1979 – Honda Express + Shirley Jones Coney Island Steamers + Zest + Bill Monday Pontiac

DOG COMMENTARY: The Honda Express or Honda NC50 is a scooter made by Honda between 1977 and 1983….which are powered by an air-cooled 49 cc (3.0 cu in) two-stroke engine. The Honda Motor Company of Japan released the Honda Express (NC50) to the North American market in 1977. This new bike was designed to enter the large market for scooters that developed following the 1973 oil crisis…..as such it came…

TV Ads – 1979 – Wells Lamont Grips Gloves + Alka Seltzer Antiacid

DOG ASIDE: Wells Lamont Retail Group is a predominantly online retail store that features leather gloves, socks and accessories….which are also sold at Walmart and other major reatailers….and is a subsidiary of the Marmon Group….an industrial United States holding company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois….which was founded by Jay Pritzker and Robert Pritzker in 1953 (as Colson Corporation)…..and has been held by the Berkshire Hathaway group since 2013.…

TV Ads – 1984 – Goodyear Eagle Tires + Harris 3M Copiers + Coors Beer

DOG COMMENTARY: Just two years after this commercial….the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in October 1986….was a victim of a Greenmail attack….as British financier James Goldsmith in conjunction with the investment group Hanson….purchased 11.5% of Goodyear’s outstanding common stock…. and threatened to take the company over….when on November 20, 1986…..Goodyear acquired all of the 12,549,400 shares of stock held by Goldsmith’s…