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August 14th, 2008


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11:57 pm - this is all I got, folks...
This commerical, which usually aired during Wonderama!, was one of the highlights of my childhood weekends, beyond singing in folk Mass. How much do I dig the shameless E.T. bandwagoneering [note the wily substitution of "celestial person" for "extra-terrestrial"], the cruddy special effects, and the tinny, neo-futuristic brogue of seasonal delicacy Cookie O' Puss? Fudgie the Whale can spout off all he wants (yuk yuk) but HE never inspired the Beastie Boys to sing his praises while sampling their own prank calls to Carvel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3urwTGqxwZ0

Where has YouTube been all my fuckin' life?

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From:transistorblast
Date:August 17th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
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The strange thing about watching WPIX (channel 11) while living in Jersey, was seeing local (New York) commercials for places I could not possibly visit. Like Crazy Eddies (speaking of iconic commercials!). My home town didn't have a Carvel, but there was a knock-off ice cream place called Carousel (and, I kid you not, we also had a Blue Castle hamburger joint as well). Both are long gone, now (but so is Crazy Eddie's).

The only things I remember about WOR-TV are The Magic Garden and (on another plane of reality) The Richard Bey Show.
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From:penpusher
Date:October 16th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
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OMG... what garbage we were fed. Between Crazy Eddie commercials... wow Richard Bey. WOR, eventually WWOR TV Channel 9 as I remember it. The Joe Franklin show. What a hoot!

BLUE Castle!!! That is hilarious! I remember my excursions to Jersey where we would stop at the Stewart's Root Beer stands and get these huge frosty mugs of root beer to go with hot dogs with everything and you'd eat them in the car! Maybe it wasn't that the mugs were so huge, but I might have been small. So that's something NJ had that wasn't available in NYC. Along with jughandles on US 1.

But Magic Garden was on WPIX... 11 Alive. I can confirm this because they just had a 60th anniversary show this past summer, where they recapped the glorious history of their local programming, including Captain Jack McCarthy, Officer Joe Bolton, Beachcomber Bill, and the aforementioned Magic Garden (though they left out Time for Joya, which I really didn't understand).

The other element they didn't acknowledge in their anniversary was the whole Henry Tillman "Big Idea" ad campaign they ran... where the 11 was represented by the towers of the World Trade Center. I mean, we all knew and understood why they didn't want to celebrate it, but to not even mention it I thought overlooked something obvious.

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