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…

LE’s Stories – Under West Texas Skies At Night You Aint Nuthin But A Popcorn Fart In This Whole Deal

DOG PHILOSOPHY:  As legendary University of Texas Head Football Coach Darrell K. Royal once said…. “The only difference between dreams and reality….is time and effort”….today I’m going to tell the story about how I developed a very important DOG PHILOSOPHY that I live by today….which really is just an expanded version of this thought provoking quote….and…

TV Ads – 1978 – Tropical Blend Suntan Lotion + Charmin Tissues + Caress Soap + Dodge Colt

DOG COMMENTARY:  Bone Daddy says that back in 1978….there just wasn’t that much concern about putting on sunscreen….especially compared by the standards of 2018….as he didn’t remember ever being required to put sunscreen on when they went out in the sun….which was all the time….and Tropical Blend Suntan Lotion was around then….as it is still today….and my…

TV Ads – 1979 – Excedrin + Vitalis For Men + Dodge Trucks + Bowl A Rama Bowling Lanes

DOG COMMENTARY: Excedrin is an over-the-counter headache pain reliever….typically in the form of tablets or caplets. It contains paracetamol (acetaminophen), aspirin, and caffeine. Until late 2005 it was manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb….but in July 2005 it was purchased by Novartis….along with other products from BMS’s over-the-counter business….and as of March 2015, GSK holds majority ownership of Excedrin through a joint venture transaction with Novartis. The brand became known for…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championships Review – USA Debbie Thomas + USA Brian Boitano Win Gold

DOG ASIDE:  Debbie Thomas is an American former figure skater and physician….who was the 1986 World champion…. the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist….and a two-time U.S. national champion. Her rivalry with East Germany’s Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics was known as the Battle of the Carmens. Thomas won both the 1986 U.S. national title and the 1986 World Championships….which earned Thomas the ABC’s Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year…

TV Ads – 1979 – 100% Cotton & Tug McGraw For Schick – Casual Corner Stores & Oscar Snowden Stores

DOG COMMENTARY: Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll (protective case) around the seeds of the cotton plants of the genus Gossypiumin from the mallow family Malvaceae….as the fiber is almost pure cellulose. The plant is a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world….which is especially conducive to the climates in the Americas, Africa, and India….as the…

TV Ads – 1984 – Domaine Chandon California Brut & Atlantic Coast Financial & Quantas Airways

DOG COMMENTARY: Yountville Domaine Chandon is a winery located in Napa Valley in the town of Yountville, California. Established in 1973 by Moët et Chandon, by businessman John Wright and was the first French-owned sparkling wine producer in Napa Valley.   The Restaurant at Domaine Chandon opened at the same time as the winery….and has been credited with establishing high-quality dining in the area.…as Udo Nechutnys was the restaurant’s…

Comedy – 1978 – Comedian Franklyn Ajaye Stand Up Routine

DOG COMMENTARY: Franklyn Ajaye is an American stand-up comedian and actor….whose nickname is “The Jazz Comedian” for his distinctive jazz inflected style of delivery, timing, and astute use of silence.  Ajaye was born in Brooklyn, New York….but raised in Los Angeles by a Sierra Leonean father….whom he is named after…. along with his American mother (Quetta) making Ajaye….as he likes to joke….a “true African-American”.…

TV Ads – 1982 – Ernest P Worrell For KVUE TV Channel 24 In Austin

DOG COMMENTARY:    One of the most beloved characters to ever grace a television commercial around Austin, Texas during the 1970’s thru 1990’s was Earnest P. Worrell….who was always talking to his friend, Vern, in his famous commercials. Ernest P. Worrell is a fictional character portrayed by American actor Jim Varney in a series of television commercials….primarily shot…