TV Ads – 1976 – Pepsi Soda + Dentyne Gum + Dr Pepper Be A Pepper + TX Folklife Festival + Public Service Message

Pepsi was first introduced as “Brad’s Drink” in New Bern, North Carolina in 1893 by Caleb Bradham…. who made it at his drugstore where the drink was sold…..then It was renamed Pepsi-Cola in 1898….after the Greek word for “digestion” ….which is πέψη, pronounced the same as Pepsi….as the drink was purported to aid digestion….and “cola” after the kola…

TV Ads – 1978 – Coors Beer + NBC Promo Once An Eagle + Copper Dollar Bar Austin + Southwest Airlines

Herb Kelleher (March 12, 1931 – January 3, 2019) was an American billionaire airline executive and lawyer….who was the co-founder….later the CEO….and chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines until his death in 2019.  After clerking for a New Jersey Supreme Court justice….Kelleher moved to Texas….while intending to start a law firm or a business….when Kelleher and one of his law clients….Texas businessman Rollin…

Specials – 1978 – Indy 500 Time Trial Rain Delays + Replay Steve Cauthen On Affirmed Preakness Win

This 1978 episode of ABC’s Wide World of Sports focuses on the 1978 Indy 500 time trials with ABC’s Chris Economacki interviewing several drivers regarding the rain delay that has put back qualifying for the big race at least for the day…..as well as a Howard Cosell and Eddie Arcaro interview of jockey Steve Cauthen….who had…

Auto Racing – 1958 To 1992 – Bob Costas + Gary Gerould Tribute To Life & Career Of Richard Petty

Richard Petty was nicknamed The King….is a former NASCAR driver who raced from 1958 to 1992 in the former NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series…which is now called the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series)….who was the first driver to win the NASCAR Cup Championship seven times…. wih Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson being the only other drivers to accomplish this feat….when The King won a…

TV Ads – 1980 – NBC Promo For Supertrain + Pearl Light Beer + K 98 FM Disco Radio + Los Tres Boboz Mexican Restaurant Of Austin

Supertrain is an American television drama/adventure series that ran on NBC from February 7 to May 5, 1979….as 9 episodes were made….including a 2-hour pilot episode….as the series took place on the Supertrain….a nuclear-powered bullet train….that was equipped with amenities more appropriate to a cruise ship….as it had luxuries such as swimming pools, shopping centers, a gym, library, medical center….and a discotheque….and much like its contemporary The Love Boat,…

TV Ads – 1980 – OXXON Energy For A Gullible America

Not all television commercials are dull and drab…..cuz some are simply down right hilarious…..as evidenced by this OXXON Energy advertisement….and although this commercial pitches a company that is not really real….the facts portrayed in the ad could not be any more accurate…..so, click and enjoy this 1980 tv commercial for OXXON Energy for a gullible…

TV Ads – 1980 – US Army + Irish Spring Soap + Modern Furniture Rentals Austin + Silver Arrow Bar ATX

The United States Army is the land warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces….which is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States….and is designated as the Army of the United States in the United States Constitution.  As the oldest and most senior branch of the U.S. military in order of precedence….the modern U.S. Army has its roots in the Continental…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special – Miller $50000 Pit Stop Competition For The Top Drivers Crews

The Miller Pit Stop Challenge is a pit stop contest held during activities leading up to the Indianapolis 500…..which has been held since 1977….with the event being held on Carb Day….which follows the final practice session….when as many as 12 top teams in the field compete in a single-elimination, tournament-style competition….with two teams at a time. The current rules format…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Special – Inside Look At Black Cloud Over Mario Andretti At Indy 500

Andy Granatelli was an American businessman….who was most prominent as the CEO of STP…..as well as a major figure in automobile racing events….who was finally rewarded with an Indianapolis 500 winner in 1969…..when after his innovative Lotus four-wheel drive car was destroyed in practice upon establishing itself as one of the most dominants cars to date….and his driver Mario Andretti….while …