Mark Rossini Private Investigator for Miller Lite

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I had not seen this commercial since it originally ran in the mid-1980s, and when it did run then, I hardly paid attention to the details. Watching it now, I thought the name sounded familiar and a quick Google search later I found out all sorts of information about Mark Rossini, PI…FBI Agent, Counter Terrorism, and a lot more, I am sure someone is working on a screenplay somewhere about this guy.

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Are You Ready For The Ghostbusters And Stay Puft Marshmallow Doughnuts At Krispy Kreme?

Just a few day ago, this press release was slipped under the Retroist Vault door…and our mouth’s started watering at the thought of that delicious marshmallow filling wrapped in an awesome Ghostbusters doughnut!

Image courtesy of Krispy Kreme.

Image courtesy of Krispy Kreme.

What better way to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters?

From the Press Release:
“WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 16, 2014– Switch on your proton packs because the boys are back in town! Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have joined together to mark the 30th Anniversary of the iconic blockbuster motion picture franchise with an exclusive offer of two new marshmallow Kreme™-filled Ghostbuster treats inspired by the supernatural comedy’s sweetest villains. In conjunction with the release of the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release, Krispy Kreme is introducing Ghostbusters and Stay Puft Marshmallow Doughnuts that will be available September 29 through October 31, 2014 at participating Krispy Kreme® US and Canadian locations. While supplies last. Now through September 29th, contact your nearest participating Krispy Kreme location to pre-order five dozen or more Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Doughnuts.

“We are truly excited to collaborate with Sony Pictures in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the iconic Ghostbusters brand,” explains Dwayne Chambers, Krispy Kreme, Chief Marketing and Innovations Officer. “And we are delighted to bring our fans two delicious limited edition treats that are as unique, creative and joyful as this beloved film franchise.”

“We are so excited about the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters and our collaboration with Krispy Kreme Donuts as well as the launch of our new Ghostbusters website. Both brands have an incredible legacy with consumers and with exclusive donuts at Krispy Kreme locations and a retail promotion featuring the Blu-ray offering, we are confident everyone’s proton packs will be loaded,” added Greg Economos Senior Vice President, Sony Pictures Consumer Products.

The Krispy Kreme Ghostbuster Doughnuts

Available at participating US and Canadian locations only. While supplies last.

Visit KrispyKreme.com for your nearest Krispy Kreme location.

Ghostbusters Doughnut: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, a decorative green “splat” inspired by Slimer, and a Ghostbusters logo sugar piece.
Stay Puft Marshmallow: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, decorated with Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s familiar face and a sugar piece hat.”

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Check Out This 1983 WLOX News Report On Dragon’s Lair!

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A big thanks to Inside The Dragon’s Lair for sharing this WLOX-TV newcast from 1983 featuring players at the Aladdin’s Castle at the Edgewater Mall in Biloxi, Mississippi just waiting in line eagerly for their turn at the game. Deborah Harris talks a bit about the pricing of playing the game as well as interviewing the manager of the arcade before briefly trying the game out for herself.

I’m really glad that WLOX shared this past broadcast on their official YouTube page, it brought a big smile to my face reliving the excitement for one of my favorite arcade games.

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Inflatable Slimer Halloween Costume

A couple of years ago, I posted about an inflatable Slimer I had run across.

This year, I ran across an inflatable Slimer costume that you can wear.

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I’m waiting for it to go on sale and I’m not even sure if it comes in my size, but when and if it does… let’s just say the Ghostbusters had better look out because I’ll be wearing this bad boy on Halloween.

And Thanksgiving. And Christmas. And…

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The AT&T Genesis let you use cartridges to add features to your Phone

In 1983 AT&T started running ads for the Genesis Telesystem. It was a phone system that was almost video game console-like in its ability to use cartridges to add new features and abilities to your home phone. Something which had only previously been possible by going through the phone companies’ central office.

It was an interesting idea and the phone with its flat buttons, promise of future peripherals and carts, and LCD screen seemed like a glimpse into the future.

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Classic Eighties Ferrari Advertising

I had several friends who in the Eighties became obsessed with cars like the Ferrari and Lamborghini. Their walls were plastered with posters and advertisements for them, a lot of them were a lot like this one I found in a magazine from 1981.

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As the decade moved on, their posters became a lot less subtle and eventually they were just filled with half-naked women with a car somewhere in the background. It was a weird trend that made me think that whatever car they got (and it wasn’t going to be a Ferrari), was going to leave them deeply disappointed no matter what.

Vroooooooooooom!

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A Mustachioed Leonard Nimoy for Magnavox Televisions

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This commercial is from 1981, but it already has the quick cuts and leaping in and out of shadow that would make become standard practice in a lot of advertising and music videos. Because it leaps around so much it is hard to tell at times, but Leonard is sporting a very well manicured mustache.

While I tend to always associate Nimoy appearances in ANYTHING with Spock, I do not in this commercial. Maybe it is because he is in shadow much of the time, but whenever I watch this I feel a more “In Search Of” tone.

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