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Monday, March 03, 2003

Monday Mission 0303

Happily doing the PromoGuy Monday Mission 3.09 while skipping to my Lou. My darlin'.

1. Are there any television commercials on these days that are among your favorites?

Today's television commercials come and go so fast, it's hard to remember anything I've seen prior to today. There's a lot of really great material out there. But, I'm not a critic. I just know what I like.

One commercial that holds my attention is for AT&T's mLife starring the cast of Gilligan's island. Seeing the Skipper airlifted off the island by the Coast Guard in a life saver is just crazy enough to be believable. The gist is, had one of the castaways had an mLife back then, they would have all been rescued a lot sooner. The subtle irony is that Gilligan would have been the one to have a cell phone. As opposed to the brains, the beauty, the bucks, or the brawn. I love it!

I am somewhat fond of most of the Mitsubishi ads. One that comes to mind right now is for the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. The guy is driving along and every few seconds a different cast of characters with their different situations occupy the passenger seats of the SUV. The driver's facial expressions, and his transition from situation to situation, are pricelessly perfect for the ad.

One commercial that recently caught my eye is for ING Financial Services. There is a series of ads where various people are inquiring of various other people what "that" is. The other people glance around to see the ING logo on something. The other people then launch into a little diatribe of what ING does. The inquiring person says something like, "I know what ING is. I mean, what's that?" while pointing off in another direction. The first ad shows a guy in a squirrel suit falling out of a tree. No biggie. I can't remember the second ad in the series. No biggie, obviously. But the third ad is one that really grabbed me. It features people taking turns arm wrestling a guy sitting at a little table. The guy, I swear, is Lee Majors. I think. Except, he's gained a ton of weight since his days as Colonel Steve Austin. If it's actually him, that is. I'm really getting off topic here, but I should just mention that when I was about 17 or 18 I saw Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett at a restaurant in Peoria. I later learned that he was in town for a golf tournament. I should have asked for their autographs.

Oh! One more. I am a little partial to anything with Emmett Smith and Alf. Or anything with Emmett Smith by himself. I love his smile! Yeow!

What is your favorite television commercial from your childhood?

You know what? I don't really have a favorite, per se. I do, however, have most all the television and radio ad jingles from those days going through my head at any given moment. That might explain why I am like I am.

The first commercial jingle I recall was for a Decatur furniture store. I was about four or five years old. I don't remember the name of the store, but that damn jingle is stuck in my brain. Here it is:

When Mr. Arthur
is off his rocker
it only means you can be sure
he's busy selling finer furniture

A few more jingles from back then:

Winston tastes good, like a cigarette should...
The rest of the words escape me. But, I seem to remember a version that never got any air play. It was, however, popular among the kids. It finished with, "no filter, no flavor, just a bunch of rolled up toilet paper."
See the USA in your Chevrolet, America is asking you to call...
Again, I forget the rest of the words as sung by the very blonde Dinah Shore. I think she was riding in the passenger seat of a Corvette convertible (I think). Her hair is held in place from the wind by a silk scarf. At the end she rips off the scarf and lets it fly into the wind in an obvious demonstration of freedom. I love her voice. At least, I think it was Dinah.
Cigars, cigarettes, Tiparillos?
Not a jingle. But, it featured a sexy babe selling smokes in a gentlemen's club or some place. I wanted to be just like her when I grew up.

The Doctor Pepper jingle.

I'm a pepper
he's a pepper
she's a pepper
we're a pepper
wouldn't you like to be a pepper too?

Oh, man! I always wondered what happened to the guy in that ad. I'm sure he had to spend all of his Dr. Pepper earnings and more to get that jingle out of his head.

Here's one from my later teenage years. I have actually been known to start singing this in certain situations:

Here's to good friends
tonight is kinda special
the beer your pour
must be something more
let it be Lowenbrau

And, finally, I bet just about every kid who grew up in the 60's has this stuck in his head:

Oh, I wish I was an Oscar Mayer wiener
that is what I truly want to be
for if I was an Oscar Mayer wiener
everyone would be in love with me

There were more questions in the Monday Mission. But, I'm going to defer answering them until another day since that first one wiped me out.

Did I spell wiener right? Or is it weiner? I can never remember.

Posted by Marie at March 3, 2003 10:37 PM


What is the actor's name in the ING Financial Services commercial that ask "what is that?"

Posted by: gail at June 4, 2003 9:54 AM

Please tell me who the guy is on the Mitsubishi radio ads? His voice is very familiar and he is hilarious!!

Posted by: Dani at July 26, 2003 10:50 PM

I'd been wondering about the Mitsubishi guy for a *long* time myself. It's Todd Susman. And if you watched tv in the early 80s like me, you might remember him as Officer Shifflet on Newhart. He's been in a ton of other stuff, too, which is probably why his voice is so familiar to a lot of people. :)

Posted by: Michelle at December 30, 2003 8:18 PM