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TV Ads – 1981 – Gilda Radner For Autumn Fizz Carbonated Douche & Bausch + Lomb Contacts & Alpo

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There are funny ttelevision commercias….and then there are FUNNY tv commercials…..and Gilda Radner for Autumn Fizz Carbonated Douche” is FUNNY….even still today in 2018.  Gilda always looked like the “sweet little girl next door”….but oh what a powerhouse of characters dwelt in the inner sanctums of her soul….Dana Rosana Dana or the Lubner’s Knucklehead….and so many more…..but none any better than the pitch girl in this hilarious commercial

Bausch + Lomb is an American eye health products company based in Bridgewater, New Jersey. It is one of the world’s largest suppliers of contact lenses, lens care products, pharmaceuticals, intraocular lenses, and other eye surgery products.  Founded in Rochester, New York in 1853 by optician John Bausch and financier Henry Lomb,…which makes it one of the oldest continually operating companies in the US.  Bausch + Lomb was a public company listed on the NYSE until it was acquired by private equity firm Warburg Pincus in 2007. In May 2013, it was announced that Canadian-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals would acquire Bausch + Lomb from Warburg Pincus for $8.57 billion in cash.  The deal, which was approved by shareholders….also included $4.2 billion earmarked to pay down Bausch + Lomb debt….as it closed on August 5, 2013.  Today, the company employs about 12,000 people in 36 countries.

Alpo is an American brand of dog food marketed and manufactured by the Nestlé Purina PetCare….which is a subsidiary of Nestlé. The brand is offered as a canned or packaged soft food, as well as in dry kibbles.  For many years, the brand’s main television commercial spokesman was Lorne Greene of Bonanza fame….who created the concept of eating one’s own dog food by claiming that Alpo is so good he feeds it to his own dogs. Ed McMahon also had a long association with the product on television….and Garfield was a “spokescat” for the brand in the 1990’s.  Alpo was the sponsor of the debut broadcast of the long-running television news magazine 60 Minutes, on September 24, 1968.

Waverest Waterbeds is no longer an active business in Austin, TX…. however, for decades it was the waterbed store in town….and certainly the most visible on TV….as they were famous for their “fine looking women” that would stretch out on one of their beds….and tout the values of laying and sleeping on the waves.

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