Bugs Bunny

Do You Recall This 1982 Bugs Bunny PSA Commercial?

You know, most people would say that Bugs Bunny was a pretty smart rabbit. Even though his quasi original appearance and some characteristics can be found in 1938’s Porky’s Hare Hunt. It was a more zany as well as madcap rabbit on display – acting almost like Daffy Duck.
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It wasn’t however until the 1940 theatrical short entitled A Wild Hare that Bugs Bunny really made the scene. Even then he wasn’t know as Bugs, but he was still voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc, although he initially wasn’t credited.

So began Bugs Bunny’s meteoric rise to stardom. Over the past 77 years our favorite wisecracking hare has certainly changed. For example the character evolved into a role as sort of the straight man. Case in point when he was teamed up with Daffy Duck in 1956’s A Star is Bored!

Being a beloved icon for so many children and as well as their parents. It was of course only natural that Bugs Bunny be tapped as a spokesman for this public service announcement for the Shriners Hospital. In this 1982 PSA he warns children in addition to adults about ways to make the kitchen safer.

That is most certainly a fantastic looking kitchen.

While there are in fact a few bits that could be considered scary images as you see, none of them cross the line into truly frightening. The boiling pot I will have to admit does creep me out a little though.

The advice from 1982 is just as important today so take a minute and listen to Bugs Bunny!

Bugs Bunny wasn’t the only Looney Tunes character to help out with PSA ads. Check out this 1990 version featuring Tweety Bird!

Come On Along, I’ll Take You To, Two Places 1980s New York City-Area Kids Wanted to Go!

Why I hadn’t already written about this topic is beyond me.

Until ten years ago, I lived in an area served by both the New York City and Philadelphia television markets. But having grown up with parents who were raised on New York stations and watched them by habit, I was raised doing the same. I love going back to my pre-September 2006 (that’s when I moved away from the area served by this television market) VHS tapes and recorded DVDs and finding stuff that I remember about watching television from the New York market. I love New York, and last October, I took a day trip there for the first time since 2007.

I may have only been there for the day, and didn’t need a hotel, but there was always this one commercial that made me (and many other kids from the area) want to stay at this one particular hotel in the heart of Broadway.

That was well-known 1980s commercial was the long-running Milford Plaza commercial, memorable if only for the catchy jingle and talented “staff.”

With the catchy jingle (to the tune of Lullaby of Broadway), as sung by the friendly staff of the Milford Plaza (who are obviously actors and not actual hotel staff), the perks of staying here are glorious.

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That price!

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The promise of service in the heart of everything!

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That phone greeting is nice, but I’m really just calling to book my hotel room.

That singing and dancing! This was place was the dream destination of all kids in the 1980s!

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And it no longer exists.

No, seriously. When I was planning my day trip to New York last year, I looked this place up, and all I got were this commercial and links for “Row NYC,” which is the hotel’s new name under new management and renovations. In a way, it makes me sad that if I ever do stay in New York City overnight, I’ll never get to stay at the Milford Plaza. But I’ll always have fond memories of the hotel I never go to experience, thanks to the jingle I’ve never gotten out of my head.

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I’m convinced I would have been horribly disappointed when I arrived there, and they didn’t do this for me.

And speaking of jingles I’ll never get out of my head, and places I’ll never get to experience…

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Oh my goodness, this song! The promise of that quaint and perfect couples getaway, that guest who does the back flip off the diving board, a pool in your hotel room! Golf! Tennis! Live shows! DANCING! That jingle! Call 1-800-441-4410, we’re freakin’ going to Mount Airy Lodge.

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Or not…

Screenshot (292) Sorry guys, this is another one of those splashy places all kids in the New York City market (and probably in the Philadelphia market too) knew that no longer stands as the place it was known to be in these commercials. Its original heyday of the 1960s and 1970s was highlighted by 1000 acres of everything, and was the premiere honeymoon hideaway. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors, velvet canopy beds, and heart-shaped bathtubs were the norm. Did you see kids in the commercial? I didn’t. Was the jingle really the very reason we wanted to stay here so badly?

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Hey, if a mysterious arm is handing me drinks, then yes, I want to go there!

This commercial came at a time of decline for Mount Airy Lodge, and the version you see here went into foreclosure in 1999, before closing for good in October 2001. So, the end of my childhood (I turned 19 in October 2001, and was a freshman in college) came at the end of a Poconos legacy.

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We’ll be optimistic that their love outlasted Mount Airy Lodge’s life.

The Mount Airy name did make its return, in the form of a casino that opened in 2007. I still see commercials for it, but it’s not Mount Airy Lodge, and you don’t have to bring your love for everything. Because you probably love gambling and that’s why you’re there. And to think, that was where we were all going to go on our honeymoons.

There are pictures on the interwebs (especially Pinterest) of Mount Airy Lodge’s decline after it went into foreclosure and was reclaimed by nature.

I used to work with a woman who told me she cringed over that commercial, and one of our funniest conversations involved the heart-shaped hot tubs. I told her about a photo I saw online of a heart-shaped hot tub along the side of the road up in the Poconos, and she was all “ewwwww!” about it.

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She says “ewwwww!”, I say it’s time to renovate my house and make way for this beauty.

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And yes, use of this necessitates the use of the Mount Airy Lodge jingle.

They do have places like this in the Poconos (heck, they have a scary, low-rent version in the next town over from me), but nothing will ever be as famous in my eyes (or earworms) as Mount Airy Lodge!

After watching both of these ads, I feel nostalgic and sad that two places I believed I was going to visit when I grew up no longer exist in the way these commercials depict them, but then reality hits and I say, “did I ever really want to stay at Mount Airy Lodge?!”

But that Milford Plaza would probably have disappointed me and my extremely high expectations.

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Just for the cameras, folks.

Allison is hardly the seasoned tourist (though she loves to travel!), but commercials are a big thing in her life, and as an impressionable kid, they really sparked her imagination and desire to be in the thick of everything. Today, these commercials are campy nostalgia, but they’re great memories of a time gone by. Allison loves nostalgia, and waxes much nostalgic on her blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and she’s also on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.

She had to mute the commercials while taking screenshots, the earworm factor of these ads are too fierce!


100 Three-Name ‘80s Stars

(A list of notable people from the 1980s whose names feature three parts.)

Three is a magic number—if Schoolhouse Rock! or De La Soul are to be believed. It certainly worked its magic for a number of stars in the 1980s who were known by their three-part names.

The criteria for this compilation was simply: people of note during the decade who had three parts to their name. Those who may not technically tally three separate names—whether by hyphenation, unique capitalization, inclusion of ‘nicknames’ or the use of particles (like de, la, van, von and the)—?were included in *honorary mention below.

They must also have used their triple moniker during the 80s. (For example: 21 Jump Street star Holly Robinson Peete was known simply as Holly Robinson then.)

(Note: Though extensive, this is not a comprehensive list.)

Without further ado, here are ladies of the eighties who went by three names: (listed alphabetically by the secondary portion)(with parenthetical credits specifically for their work during the ‘80s)

Lesley Ann Warren (Clue, Victor Victoria)
Penelope Ann Miller (Biloxi Blues, Big Top Pee-wee)
Meredith Baxter Birney (Family Ties)
Barbara Bel Geddes (Dallas)
Maria Conchita Alonso (The Running Man, Moscow on the Hudson)
Rae Dawn Chong (Soul Man, American Flyers)
Sandra Day O’Connor (Supreme Court Justice)
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface, The Abyss)
Tammy Faye Bakker (wife of televangelist Jim, The PTL Club)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
Sarah Jessica Parker (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Footloose)
Sally Jessy Raphael (talk show host)
Wendie Jo Sperber (Bosom Buddies)
Mary Kay Place (Private Benjamin)
Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show)
Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda, Trading Places)
Sheryl Lee Ralph (It’s a Living, Oliver & Company)
Mary Lou Retton (gymnast, Scrooged)
Jean Louisa Kelly (Uncle Buck)
Lynne Marie Stewart (Pee-wee’s Playhouse)
Catherine Mary Stewart (The Last Starfighter)
Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster)
Susan Saint James (Kate & Allie)
Mary Stuart Masterson (Some Kind of Wonderful, Chances Are)
Melissa Sue Anderson (Little House on the Prairie)
Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People)
Moon Unit Zappa (National Lampoon’s European Vacation)
Zsa Zsa Gabor (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3)

And here are some gentlemen from back then with thrice-as-nice-names:

Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills, 90210)
Phillip Baker Hall (Falcon Crest)
Jon Bon Jovi (singer, Bon Jovi)
Big Daddy Kane (rapper)
Harry Dean Stanton (Pretty in Pink)
Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver)
Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Batman)
Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Young Guns)
Joe Don Baker (In the Heat of the Night, Fletch)
James Earl Jones (Star Wars, Coming to America)
Ke Huy Quan (The Goonies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Stand and Deliver)
David Lee Roth (singer, Van Halen)
Chao Li Chi (Big Trouble in Little China, Falcon Crest)
Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer: Cats, Starlight Express)
Jam Master Jay (DJ, Run-D.M.C.)
Anthony Michael Hall (Weird Science, The Breakfast Club)
Phillip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice)
Kool Moe Dee (rapper)
Charles Nelson Reilly (All Dogs Go to Heaven)
David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H)
David Patrick Kelly (48 Hours, Commando)
John Patrick Shanley (writer, Moonstruck)
Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, M.D.)
John Paul Jones (musician, Led Zeppelin)
Stevie Ray Vaughan (musician)
Sugar Ray Leonard (boxer)
Robert Sean Leonard (Dead Poets Society)
Terence Trent D’Arby (singer: “Wishing Well,” “Sign Your Name”)

Here are some guys that used a letter (or two) as part of their names: (listed alphabetically by those letters)

B.B. King (musician)
C. Thomas Howell (Soul Man, Secret Admirer)
D.B. Sweeney (Eight Men Out, Lonesome Dove)
Thomas F. Wilson (Back to the Future)
Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future, Family Ties)
M. Emmet Walsh (Blade Runner, Fletch)
R. Lee Ermey (Fletch Lives)
Craig T. Nelson (Poltergeist, Coach)
T.K. Carter (227, Punky Brewster)

Honorary Mention

*As cited above, the following may be considered ineligible for the triple threat status due to varying stipulations and/or punctuation. They were included for thoroughness and debate.

JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist, The Big Chill)
Reginald VelJohnson (Die Hard, Family Matters)

Rebecca De Mornay (Risky Business)
Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)
Eriq La Salle (Coming to America)
Sabrina Le Beauf (The Cosby Show)
Simon Le Bon (singer, Duran Duran)
Dick Van Dyke (The Golden Girls)
Dick Van Patten (Spaceballs)
Joyce Van Patten (St. Elmo’s Fire)
Max Von Sydow (Flash Gordon, Dune)

Kermit the Frog (The Muppet Show)
André the Giant (The Princess Bride, WWF)
Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay (Pretty in Pink)
Oran ‘Juice’ Jones (singer, “The Rain”)
Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita (The Karate Kid)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (basketball player, Airplane!)
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (Saved by the Bell)
Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot)
Brian Doyle-Murray (Caddyshack)
Florence Griffith-Joyner (athlete)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee (athlete)
Mary-Kate Olsen (Full House)
Mark Linn-Baker (Perfect Strangers)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Saturday Night Live)
Mary-Louise Parker (Longtime Companion)
Jan-Michael Vincent (Airwolf)
Jean-Michel Basquiat (artist)
Olivia Newton-John (Xanadu)
Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell)
Courtney Thorne-Smith (Summer School)
Pee-wee Herman (Pee-wee’s Big Adventure)
Yo-Yo Ma (musician)

And these may just be completely a stretch: (enjoy)

Fab 5 Freddy (hip hop artist)
Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere)
John Cougar Mellencamp (singer: “Small Town,” “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.”)
Robert Downey Jr. (Chances Are, Less Than Zero)
Captain Lou Albano (wrestler WWF)
Mount St. Helens (volcano)

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