Music – 1978 – The Orange Blossom Special – Mel Tillis + Merle Haggard + Charlie Daniels + Et Al

DOG ASIDE: The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Special” is about the passenger train of the same name….which was written by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938. The original recording was created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939. It is often called simply The Special. It has been referred to as the fiddle player’s national anthem. By the 1950’s, it had become a perennial favorite at bluegrass festivals….where…

TV Ads – 1982 – Dick Van Dyke For Kodak Cameras + Windex + Dr Pepper + Jack In The Box

DOG COMMENTARY: Kodak cameras and film have been a success story since 1898….as one of the dominant players in the industry until 2012….when the company went through Chapter 11 bankruptcy…. after which it sold its photographic film, scanners and kiosk operations…..but back in 1982 when this commercial aired….they were at the top of the heap…

NCAAW Basketball – 1985 – Special – Best Player In Womens College Basketball – USC Cheryl Miller

DOG COMMENTARY: In addition to being one of the all-time best women’s collegiate basketball players….Cheryl Miller is currently the women’s basketball coach at Cal State LA….and a former sportscaster for TNT….as she performs duties as a sideline reporter for NBA games on TNT Sports….plus she also works for NBA TV as a reporter and analyst having worked previously as a sportscaster for ABC Sports, TBS…

NFL – 1978 – Special – The Blocked Punt + Greatest Of The Greats Paul Warfield

DOG ASIDE:  This video provides a cornucopia of highlights and special features….as it kicks off with a look at the effect of blocked punts in the NFL….and how teams are now planning and training on how to efficiently block punts….as it has become a bit of a science.  The viewer receives a really good understanding…

TV Ads – 1979 – AT+T Long Distance + Goodyear Tires + Bruce Willis For Seagrams Wine Coolers

DOG COMMENTARY:  In telecommunications, a long-distance call or trunk call is a telephone call made to a location outside a defined local calling area….as long-distance calls have been typically charged a higher billing rate than local calls. The term is not necessarily synonymous with placing calls to another telephone area code.  Long-distance calls are classified into two categories….one bein national calls which connect two…

TV Ads – 1979- Fiat Cars + Robt Conrad For Eveready Batteries + Jack In The Box + Dragone Wine

DOG COMMENTARY: Fiat Automobiles is the largest automobile manufacturer in Italy….which is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles….when Fiat reorganized its automobile business….and traces its history back to 1899 when the first Fiat automobile, the Fiat 4 HP, was produced.  During its more than century-long history Fiat remained the largest automobile manufacturer in Europe….as well as the third in…

MLB – 1981 – CNN Special – Pete Rose Bypasses Stan Musial NL Hits Record With 3631 Hits

DOG ASIDE: We at ImaSportsphile cherish each and ever piece of Pete Rose video that we have in our Baseball Section herewith….for here was a player who could walk out his front door….and the controversy would begin….and like the “dust storm around Pigpen”….the storms of controversy were all around his….his aggressive style of play, his fierce competitiveness, his…

Music – 1978 – Austin City Limits – Johnny Rodriquez + Willie Nelson – Jambalaya

DOG ASIDE:  One of my all-time favorite Hank William, Sr. songs ever written and performed by many was Jambalaya….and this rendition on Austin City Limits by Johnny Rodriquez and Willie Nelson is at the top of my favorite performances of this classic song. In 1978, Willie was obviously in his “mountain man” persona ….cuz he sure didn’t look the…

TV Ads – 1979 – Ch 36 News Baby Boomer Babies + Yellow Rose Texas Nightclub + Diet Pepsi Soda

DOG COMMENTARY: KXAN Channel 36 Austin starts off this video with a TV program promo of a special that the channel ran shortly thereafter this commercial was aired….promoting a story about the numbers of Baby Boomer Babies being brought into the world as the Baby Boomer Generation began getting productive in the reproduction arena.  The Yellow Rose…