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TV Ads – 1984 – Call To Glory Promo + Lloyd Bridges For 1st City Bank + SW Bell Telephone


Call to Glory was an American television drama that aired for 22 episodes during the 1984–1985 season  on the ABC network….as the show focused on USAF pilot Colonel Raynor Sarnac (Craig T. Nelson) and his family, living near Edwards Air Force Base….where Sarnac was stationed during the early 1960’s…..as the show was heavily promoted during ABC’s broadcast of the 1984 Summer Olympics….with the pilot episode airing on August 13, 1984….the day after the Olympics ended. The first episode related to the U-2 flights over Cuba during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Citibank is the consumer division of financial services multinationalCitigroup….as Citibank was founded in 1812 as the City Bank of New York….and later became First National City Bank…..which provides credit cards, mortgages, personal loans, commercial loans, and lines of credit….as the bank has 2.694 branches in 19 countries….including 723 branches in the United States and 1,494 branches in Mexico.  Having a television and film star like Lloyd Bridges pitch their product on television in 1984 was a successful endeavor….as Lloyd Bridges Jr. was an American film, stage and television actor who starred in a number of television series and appeared in more than 150 feature films….who was also the father of actors Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges.

Southwestern Bell Telephone Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. It does business as other d/b/a names in its operating region which includes Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma and portions of Illinois….as the company is currently headquartered in Dallas, Texas at One AT&T Plaza.  Southwestern Bell Telephone traces its roots to The Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company which was founded in 1882.  It was consolidated under the management of a single management unit of the Bell System with Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company of Texas-Arkansas, Pioneer Telephone and Telegraph Company of Oklahoma and The Bell Telephone Company of Missouri….also called The Missouri Bell Telephone Company on March 1, 1912. These companies comprised the “Southwestern System” of the Bell System. The latter three companies were legally merged into Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company in 1917….which was renamed Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.  The company was often considered the first step of the AT&T corporate “ladder” before the 1984 breakup of that company…..which while part of the Bell System was at times the biggest Bell Operating Company of AT&T’s 22 local telephone companies. 

Also featured on this video is Austin attorney icon….if for no other reason than her myriad of television advertisements….along with the “goofy hats and bonnets” that she always wore….who has been doing TV Ads since back in the 1970’s….and is still advertising on television today in 2018. 


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