Tag: 1982

Worst Sports Cards Ever #1: Brad Mills (Fleer 1982)

Worst Sports Cards Ever #1: Brad Mills (Fleer 1982)

Ephemera, Sports
Former Montreal Expos infielder Brad Mills played in the Big Leagues for just 106 games over four seasons but has enjoyed a long coaching career since. In fact, I think it's safe to say that the most memorable thing to come from his playing career is this 1982 Fleer baseball card, capturing him in what was probably a common position. I don't know if you could consider Mills to have been an integral part of the Expos' improbably run to the 1981 NLCS, but thanks to him no gum went unchewed.
Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 6 (feat. Sergio Valente and Frank Perdue)

Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 6 (feat. Sergio Valente and Frank Perdue)

Retrotisements
It's been more than two months since I shared the last batch of vintage 1982 commercials, so I'd say we're overdue. The following are all the ads shown during the fifth break of WABC-TV Channel 7′s airing of Von Ryan’s Express on June 19, 1982. In this double-size break we've got Mel from Alice hawking bug spray, processed cheese-type food, the one and only Frank Perdue, and more! Two of the ads in this section -- Kal Kan and Midas -- were repeated from earlier in the broadcast and have already been posted, so I'm not putting them here again. Part 5 of our VHS treasure trove is here. Astute viewers should recognize our bug-challenged gardener friend as Vic Tayback, aka Mel from the old Alice TV show. (No-Pest) Other than the jaunty, period jingle the thing that stands
Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 5 (feat. Carta Nevada, Helena Rubinstein, and Midas)

Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 5 (feat. Carta Nevada, Helena Rubinstein, and Midas)

Retrotisements
And we're back with another word from our sponsors! Here are all the commercials shown during the fourth ad break of WABC-TV Channel 7's airing of Von Ryan's Express on June 19, 1982. We've got ads for booze, makeup, mufflers, and... ballet? Actually, now that I think about it, that sounds like the makings of a pretty classy evening. Except the muffler bit. (Part three of our look back at these commercials is right here.) Oh, I just love it when square white people break out the Freixenet and get all frisky! (Carta Nevada sparkling wine) (Helena Rubinstein) That's a sweet collection of early '80s cars, is it not? And is that an old VW Rabbit? I think it is. (Midas) Like I said, classy is the operative word here. Any time you throw out ballet companies per
Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 4 (feat. Quaker Corn Bran, Cella Winery, and A&P)

Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 4 (feat. Quaker Corn Bran, Cella Winery, and A&P)

Retrotisements
Here's the second half of the commercial break from the 1982 WABC-TV airing of Von Ryan's Express that I started in this post. This classic Quaker Corn Bran spot stars a very young Danny Pintauro, who you know best as Jonathan Bower, Tony Danza's son from Who's the Boss? I really don't remember seeing these Fussy Customer ads, which appeared to basically be for a group of car dealers in the New Jersey area. But I dig the quaint music and animated birds. That's Indiana-born James Manis as Aldo Cella, with his famous "Chill-a-Cella" catchphrase. Oh yeah, vintage A&P with the green smocks and red jackets! It's hard to remember now, but for many years A&P was not just the biggest supermarket chain in America, it was one of the biggest retailers period. From
Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 3 (Kal Kan, Diners Club, Miller Lite, Ashford & Simpson)

Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 3 (Kal Kan, Diners Club, Miller Lite, Ashford & Simpson)

Retrotisements
The Von Ryan's Express of vintage 1982 TV commercials rolls on! This is the first half of the third ad break for the movie -- broadcast by WABC-TV on June 19, 1982 -- and it features spots for Kal Kan Mealtime, Diners Club, Miller Lite, and Ashford & Simpson. (Here are the first and second installments in case you missed them.) Of the four spots, my favorites are easily the Miller Lite and Ashford & Simpson one. The first is from Miller Lite's all-time great "Less Filling/Tastes Great" campaign that ran for many years and featured a host of sports legends. This one stars Ben Davidson, the great Oakland Raiders defensive lineman who also dabbled in film acting. He played Rexor, Thulsa Doom's second-in-command, in the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic Conan the Barbari...
Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 1

Vintage VHS Commercial Bonanza, Part 1

Retrotisements
I finally got the urge to splurge on a new device -- the Ion Video 2 PC if you're curious -- to transfer my old VHS cassettes to digital format. So naturally the first thing I did was to hunt for old commercials so I could upload them to YouTube. Because screw old movies or sentimental stuff, right? This first batch has lasted for 30 years, believe it or not. They were recorded as part of a June 19/20, 1982 WABC-TV Channel 7 (New York) airing of the Frank Sinatra World War II classic, Von Ryan's Express. Included for your viewing pleasure are the classic late '70s/early '80s WABC Saturday Night Movie bumper and four spots from the first commercial break -- Acme Supermarket, Woolite, La Yogurt, and IHOP.
Pop Culture Capsule — Michael Jackson 1982 Ebony Magazine Spotlight

Pop Culture Capsule — Michael Jackson 1982 Ebony Magazine Spotlight

Capsules, Music
I came across this while browsing the fantastic Google Books magazine archive, as I am wont to do. It's a special on Michael Jackson from the December 1982 issue of Ebony. Jackson had just released his landmark Thriller album and had contributed the song "Someone in the Dark" to the storybook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The article is clearly from the age when M.J. could do no wrong, and the ugly rumors and innuendo that dogged his professional and personal lives had yet to surface. He was still simply Michael, beloved pop singer on the cusp of mega-stardom. But what's really fun -- and a little sad -- is to look at all the pictures, featuring Michael looking happy and rubbing elbows with the biggest names in entertainment at the time -- Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Dian
Retrotisements — 1982 American Motors Corporation (AMC) New Car Lineup

Retrotisements — 1982 American Motors Corporation (AMC) New Car Lineup

Featured Posts, Retrotisements
Print advertisements, brochures, and TV commercials help give us a glimpse into the automotive past. Today's ad collection shines a spotlight on the 1982 American Motors Corporation (AMC) domestic American lineup. It featured three cars -- the Concord, Eagle, and Spirit -- as well as multiple Jeep models. By 1982, things were looking pretty bleak for AMC. Outdated facilities, costly recalls, and flagging sales brought the company to the brink of bankruptcy. What saved AMC -- for the time being -- was French-owned Renault being approved as principal owner in December 1980. The two companies had been operating under a joint manufacturing agreement since 1978, one of the fruits of which was the Le Car. AMC was also the exclusive American seller of the Fuego and 18/18i. (To see other
If There’s Ever a Missile Command Movie, Don’t Act All Surprised

If There’s Ever a Missile Command Movie, Don’t Act All Surprised

Games & Toys
I loved my Atari 2600, and I sure enjoyed Missile Command. Not enough to sit through the entire Missile Command album, mind you. What's that? You didn't know there was a Missile Command album? There sure was. It came out on the Kid Stuff label in 1982 (KSS-5031), and was one of three Atari cash-ins for the label. The other two were Asteroids and Yars' Revenge. According to the back cover, the story goes like this: The planet Zardon is under attack! Only the brave men and women of the Missile Command can destroy endless waves of Krytolian missiles. Join the Command Team and help defend the universe as you fight back in Atari's Missile Command! Gripping, ain't it?! Here's a clip from the record -- featuring some of the finest acting I've ever heard on a video game album -- and the cover...