TV Ads – 1979 – James Garner For Polaroid Cameras + Miller Beer + Armor All Cleaner

DOG COMMENTARY: Having James Garner pitch you product was like having a “card shark hustling private dick” telling you about the virtues of your product….for Garner was an American actor, producer, and voice artist….who  starred in several television series over more than five decades….including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950’s western series Maverick….and Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files….who also played leading roles…

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NFL – 1986 – ESPN Monday Night Match Up – Week 15 – Bears Vs Lions – Hosts Berman + Sherman + Sabol

DOG ASIDE: This video is a priceless piece of ESPN history in our ImaSportsphile video museum….as 1986 was when ESPN got the rights to Monday Night Football….as prior to each game….they aired the program Monday Night Match Up ….with host Chris Berman, Coach Allie Sherman and Steve Sabol (of NFL Films fame)…. as Monday Night Football was…

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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…

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Comedy – 1983 – Special – Steve Martin In The Winds Of Whoopie

DOG ASIDE: Steve Martin’s The Winds of Whoopie was a 1983 one-hour comedy TV special on NBC….which was produced and written by Steve Martin….as the title was a take-off of The Winds of War….which premiered as a TV miniseries on the same night on ABC.  In a 30-second spot, Orson Welles says….“Why spend 18 hours watching someone else’s war, when you know…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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