Energy Crisis of 1979

I was watching some older McDonald’s commercials when I ran across this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjXhwevOVAE

I was thinking “Hey, I remember that commercial.” but when I was a child I didn’t understand what it was all about. I would have been around 13 years old then, but I do not have any memories about that gas shortages. Maybe it had to do with the fact that we lived in a small rural town, so I didn’t see the long lines at the gas pump.

Through the eyes of the child, the world is still a magical place, and we don’t always understand the real problems of the world that is going on around us. It reminds me of my father. I have talked with him several times about WWII. He was 7 when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and he said he can remember seeing the bombers flying in the sky but it didn’t mean anything to him. He had no idea what was really going on in the world.

How ironic that the same issues exist today that occurred in 1979. (For us in the states anyway.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4PGfp_IJts

 

Armour Hot Dogs

How many of you remember this little tune from Amour Hot dogs?

http://youtu.be/3fQwJdXFQlU

Hot dogs, Armour hot dogs
What kind of kids eat Armour Hot Dogs?
Fat kids, skinny kids, kids who climb on rocks
Tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox
love hot dogs, Armour Dot Dogs
The dogs kids love to bite!

The good ole days, when political correctness didn’t matter.

Christmas Cola Ads from the 70s

I have said in the past that Coke and Christmas go hand in hand for me.  Of course it is a biased opinion as I have very fond memories of Coke in an ice cold glass bottle at my Grandmother’s during winter.

I have already posted the 70s version of this so I am going to sneak in an early 80s.

http://youtu.be/3Ia-ch8g8c0

So to be fair I really should ad some other drinks…

http://youtu.be/q8ATseA1B9E

This is probably mid 80s but do you remember Spot from 7up?

http://youtu.be/gACJ0DCAR7Y

I didn’t see a Christmas commercial but I remember this little ditty from Dr. Pepper.

http://youtu.be/jvCTaccEkMI

(Did you recognize the actor? He went on to star in an American Werewolf in London.)

A few random Christmas commercials from 1970s

It is getting closer to that time of year, so I dug up a few commercials and promos from the 70s.

http://youtu.be/ZSk5QTuxqoM
http://youtu.be/VFrNODOokJM
http://youtu.be/VxY2KYDrB2Y

McDonald’s Commercial from the 1970s

The other day, a visitor on my blog was looking for a certain McDonald’s commercial. I was unable to find it, but I ran across several that triggered a memory recall for me.

I am guessing the popularity of the Sid and Marty Kroft shows inspired this commercial. I remember thinking how cool it would be to live in “McDonald Land”. (I would have weighed 400lbs if I lived there!)

http://youtu.be/pr1hs6zb0i8

It does have a Willy Wonka feel to it.

The Rookies Action Figures from 1975

When I first looked at this ad I thought it was for a generic police action figure to coincide with all of the cop shows that were popular in the 70s. As I started to read the description, it described them as TV Superstars.

The Rookies Action Figures from 1975
The Rookies Action Figures from 1975

So I looked up “The Rookies” on the IMDB website and sure enough, this was a police show that ran from 1972 thru 1976.

http://youtu.be/sLkKD09xKBY

I do not recall this series at all.

Mr. Machine and Mighty Max from 1977

Mr. Machine and Mighty Max from 1977
Mr. Machine and Mighty Max from 1977

Mr. Machine is a cool looking wind up robot that you can take apart and put together. He has been around since the 60s!

http://youtu.be/FtLj9_rVFGw

Mighty Max is also a robot that can be disassembled and assembled. I remember seeing this toy in the catalog back in the 70s, but I thought there was a commercial for him. I was unable to find one for now. (I wanted to see how he climbed walls.)