I’ve Been Fooling Around at YouTube So You Don’t Have To

I’ve collected some interesting videos recently, so instead of the usual gasbagging today, I’ll just roll ‘em.

If you remember WLS in the ’70s, you remember John Landecker on the evening shift and the fabled Boogie Check, when he’d take random phone calls from listeners and sometimes turn them into comedy gold. Here’s a 1976 Boogie Check from Landecker’s perspective, featuring a nice little zinger at one of his WLS colleagues, if you can catch it.

Via the fabulous Classic Television Showbiz, here’s a collection of TV spots from the late 60s. (Site maestro Kliph Nesteroff says 1969, although the YouTuber who put ‘em up says 1968—my money’s on Kliph.) Watch for some iconic advertising slogans, including “If he kissed you once, will he kiss you again?” and “Long distance is the next best thing to being there,” which is featured in a spot with an approach that is surprisingly modern compared to the rest of the spots in the collection.

When Cheap Trick played here in Madison in 1980, the concert date was officially designated “Cheap Trick Day” in the city. Here’s a clip with a couple of reports on the show from the local NBC affiliate. Watch for longtime Madison anchor Rick Featherston and reporter Haywood Allen.

Last Sunday, I watched football for 10 1/2 hours—three straight NFL games—and it was heavenly. Earlier this fall, I noted the 40th anniversary of the passing of legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Here’s Lombardi’s obituary from newscaster Paul Harvey, broadcast on September 4, 1970.

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One response

  1. God, I miss Joe Flynn. Seeing Old Leadbottom fawning over the S&H catalog boat was worth having to watch that spot.

    Agreed, that AT&T ad just nails it. Think I’ll go get me some of that long distance stuff right now. ‘s there a payphone around here?

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