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A Popeye for every gaming System

Popeye is one of the great underrated games from the classic era of arcade games. I pumped a lot of quarters into it, and when I was able to play it on my home system, I picked it up right away. It turns out I was not alone in enjoying the home version and this ad shows you why. They released this title for just about every home system and computer.

Seeing this actually makes me wonder why the game wasn’t MORE popular…

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Meanwhile, at the haunted Dr. Pepper Laboratory…

I am not sure what this very casually dressed late eighties scientist is researching, but without a lab coat and the proper protective eye wear, I have a hard time taking it seriously. What I am sure of is that his previous experiments were with Dr. Pepper, and those experiments went horribly wrong. So instead of making a better tasting or more addicting soft drink, he created a soda pop with intelligence.

A malignant intelligence that is unrelenting in its desire to quench thirsts and make people dance. As you can see, this poor beaker pusher is completely under the spell of the Doctor. The next morning he will wake up exhausted, covered in dance sweat and half-dried Dr. Pepper. He will then head to work, the previous day’s events forgotten, only to have it repeat again and again for the rest of his short miserable life.

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Enjoy this 1988 McDonald’s Radio Jingle

I have shared many print and video fast food advertising memories here on the site. One area I have not shared a lot of is radio, mostly because I personally did not record many commercials when taping off live radio. This seems to have been the norm, because searching online does not reveal many of those classic radio jingles that I heard on family road trips or while playing computer games late at night in my bedroom.

Here is a jingle from 1988 for McDonald’s. It is part of one of their very memorable “It’s a good time for the great taste at McDonald’s” ads and hopefully will trigger some swell radio memories.

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The Magic of the the Erasable Pen

Nowadays it does not seem all that important, after all, most people are getting away from even using pens, but in my school in the eighties, ink that could be erased seemed like magic. It was especially useful when you had a stickler for teacher when it came to penmanship. Most of my teachers fell into that category and would force us to write our essays in pen. What made this difficult is that you were not allowed to cross anything out.

This meant that if you wrote four paragraphs and made one mistake into your fifth, you had to start completely over. You were supposed to get better at writing by having to practice again and again. Instead you usually just wrote the same essay six times It was a nightmare for a typo prone person like myself.

When the Scripto showed up, it was like an item out of mythology. Now just like with a pencil you could correct errors.

If I remember right, these things were not cheap. So I was maybe budgeted one or two a school year. Losing one was a minor tragedy, which I did often, and often my mother would just tell me I had to suck it up and make due with my old school pen.

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The Magic of Mr. Peanut’s Cane

Like most anthropomorphic nuts, Mr. Peanut has a special power. His cane is a mighty magical device of summoning and transmutation. One tap moves people closer to you, two taps even closer, a third and they will be right on top of you. What they don’t show in the ad, is the fabled “Peanut Fourth Tap”. When that cane hits the ground a fourth time a wave of energy will strike those that you summoned, transforming them into nut dust.

It was a dark direction to take this beloved spokes-peanut, so you can see why they decided to not dwell on this ability after this ad had run its course.

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Enjoy this Late Seventies Flintstone’s Vitamins Commercial

The Flintstone’s Vitamins commercial I am most familiar with is the one that has the “we are Flintstone’s kids…” jingle in it. That one seems geared more towards kids, which is why it is probably so deeply embedded in my mind. This late seventies commercials for the vitamins might feature children, but the target are the parents who are being shown just how badly their kids are eating.

These kids have some hearty appetites and apparently no supervision. Which makes me wonder if a parent is willing to let their kids eat like this in the first place, are they going to out and buy them vitamins?