Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante TV Commercial 1985

It’s funny how I can’t recall what I wore to work two days ago, yet 20 or 30 years later, a tagline or jingle can magically hit me. Word for word, and sometimes even including visuals. It all just comes back. Does that ever happen to you? Here’s an example.

Recently, we were invited to dinner at a friend’s home. I messaged the daughter of the hostess, “We’d like to bring your parents a bottle of something. Any suggestions.” Her reply? “Mom loves Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante.”  I must tell you, I don’t drink. No, I don’t have “a problem.” I honestly just don’t like any form of alcohol, and if I’m going to indulge on empty cals, you better believe it's going to a gourmet cupcake or something I can actually chew.

Anyway, back to the Asti. Just like it was yesterday, the old 1980's jingle rang in my head. A lovely diva-style songstress belting out, “Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante, when you’ve got good taste it shows.”  Walking through the liquor store, the song played over and over in my mind. I had to YouTube this commercial, like now.  Apparently it dates back to 1985. I was about 13.

And here it is…

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Clap on! Clap off! The Clapper!

Turn your lights on and off 
by clapping your hands!

From the cordless phone to The Clapper, the 1980's brought about so many great technical advancements. Something I had always wanted was The Clapper. With The Clapper, you could turn lamps in your home on and off with a simple clap of your hands. How cool is that? My folks never did purchase us The Clapper, but now as an adult, I'm getting myself something even cooler ...

Today we're having automation installed from our local cable company allowing us to control our lights and thermostat using our cell phones. Now we can turn our lights on and off anytime, anywhere. Like we really need this luxury? 

What kid from the 1980's doesn't remember these commercials for The Clapper? Clap on! Clap off! Clap on! Clap off! The Clapper!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

1980s Weight Watchers Ads with Lynn Redgrave

Lynn Redgrave made
Weight Watchers look so easy.

I've never kept my weight struggles a secret from my blog. In fact, if you've read some of my earlier posts, like this one about my gym class drama growing up, you'll know. Many people blame parents for childhood obesity, but honestly, my mom did everything she could to help me change. She encouraged me to play soccer, took me to Jazzercise and dance class. And even signed up for Weight Watchers with me about 15 different times between the ages of 10 and 27. 

It's crazy how I can recall Mom and me at our local Pathmark back in the mid 1980's. We'd go through the different Weight Watchers frozen dinners packed in pretty pink and white boxes. My favorite dinners back then were the southern fried chicken and the turkey with stuffing. I remember glamorous ads featuring Lynn Redgrave with her beautiful puffy red hairdo and sweet British accent. 

"Weight Watchers, this is living!" she'd remind us ... She made it look so easy. So glamorous. So fun. It never was for me. I realize it's the very best program out there, so please don't think I'm denying that. It just never worked for someone like me who refused to follow the program correctly.

Funny, there's an episode of Mad Men where Betty is following Weight Watchers in the 1960's obviously. The scene shows her watching her husband eat a delicious steak late at night. He gives her a few bites and she jokes that the day is new after midnight. I always played that game too.

Did you diet as a teen or preteen? Remember the pink and white packaged frozen dinners before the red and white branded Smart Ones? Remember when you could purchase a whole week's worth of Weight Watcher meals at the meeting, similar to a Jenny Craig program? 

Watch a retro Weight Watchers commercial with Lynn Redgrave as their spokesperson. 


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