Hey, Remember the 80’s?

The following post is filled with random thoughts about even more random ads from my childhood. They must have been effective, because I remembered every catchphrase and jingle without issue. I hope you enjoy my trip down memory lane.

The give a hoot owl. I don’t really remember these commercials; I think they were before or really early in my time. I still remember the catch phrase, “Give a hoot; don’t pollute.” My question is; can I give any other bird call to verify I’m not polluting, or is a hoot the only acceptable form? If I’m limited to hooting, I might go on polluting.

I’m continuing the theme of environmentally friendly commercial animals with Smokey the Bear. In every commercial he preached to me about fire safety and prevention. “Only you can prevent forest fires,” he told me. You’d think he tried to recruit others after all of the fires that I was unable to prevent. It seems to me that he really doesn’t care much if he puts it on one guy.

McGruff the crime dog is next on the list. He was a dog detective, or something like that, that was always wearing a trench coat. I think he was supposed to be like Columbo, but he always just gave me the creeps. I mean he was hanging around dark alleys in a trench coat; kinda shady if you ask me. He would tell me, “take a bite out of crime.” But it seems to me that crime is filthy and probably disease ridden. It’s not something I’d ever want to put into my mouth.
Take a bite outta crime? I think not McGruff.

I’m the perfect in shape specimen I am today because of Flinstone vitamins. I’m still a Flinstone kid at heart, and there are 10 million of us who are strong and still growing because of those chalky little magic pills. When I think about the picture of health I definitely think of Fred, Barney, Dino and the rest of the crew. I’ll take all the grape you can offer and even a few cherry, but you keep those orange abominations to yourself.

The final one is a catchy little jingle that will pop into my head every now and again. It was sung by Sugar Bear about his favorite cereal Golden Crisp. “Can’t get enough of that Golden Crisp, it’s got the crunch with punch.” To be completely honest with you, I had to verify the second part of that. It was like I had a mental block past Golden Crisp. I don’t remember ever having this cereal at our house, but my grandparents lived across the street and they seemed to always have it.

There’s my list. How about you, do you have a favorite commercial from your youth? Perhaps an annoying jingle you can’t get out of your head.


8 Responses to “Hey, Remember the 80’s?”

  1. Angi says:

    What a trip down memory lane!!

    I always thought “Take a bite outta crime” sounded more like crime is a good thing…something you’d want to take a bite of. No thanks, crime.

    I always liked the Tootsie Pop owl…”How many licks does it take…” and Schoolhouse Rock. “Conjunction junction, what’s your function…!”

  2. Dara says:

    Maybe creepy McGruff wasn’t fighting crime, but he wanted kids to take a bite out of crime so it would harm them. Score for him.

    I was born in 1989, but I remember all these things and I took Flinstone vitamins!

    I don’t necessarily remember all the jingles because I am a visual person, but I remember intense Capri Sun commercials and I remember Pringles: “Once you pop, the fun don’t stop!”

    I love saying that out of no where. Not everyone gets it now.

  3. Your Golden Crisp thing reminded me of Andy on the Office trying to remember the jingle: Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that… applesauce. He went through a lot of them, but one of my favorites was “break me off a piece of that Fancy Feast.” Funny. 🙂
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  4. Sarah says:

    I am ot sure it is from the 80’s and of course it was only for Oklahomans, but I was always partial to the BC Clark’s Christmas Jingle!!

    • philip says:

      oooo good one….. Of course now it’s going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the week. And yes it was around in the 80’s.