Stuck in the YouTube Time Warp

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For some reason the other day, I started singing the song from the “Marvel the Mustang” commercial. It’s amazing how easily the words came back from something I probably haven’t heard in 45 years. If you’ve never seen it, or want to bring back some memories, here is the commercial:

By the way, I have no idea what the girl means when she says, “What horse do?”

Anyway, while I was watching that commercial, I glanced over at the right side of my screen and I saw a list of related videos, and the one that caught my eye was a commercial for Mattel’s Tommy Burst Detective Set.

The detective set featured a snubnose 38, a quick release shoulder holster, a tommy gun, a wallet, a badge, and an ID card, all for just $7.00

Can you imagine a commercial airing like that today?

As I was watching that commercial, another one caught my eye (actually several did – hence my reference to the YouTube time warp, you start watching one YouTube video, and before you know it, an hour has passed, and you’ve created a playback history that you hope never goes public.)

The final video to share is a commercial from 1949 featuring doctors recommending a particular brand of cigarettes. According to nationwide research conducted at the time, more doctors smoked Camels than any other cigarette.

Thankfully, we’ve made a lot of progress on this issue, but I’m still amazed when I see a health professional smoke. If I found out my doctor smoked, I would immediately find a new doctor.

And speaking of smoking, we were just talking with our sons the other day about how prevalent it used to be; it seemed as if everyone smoked, everywhere. Perhaps the most amazing place was on an airplane.

I have a vague recollection of being on an airplane when I was little and seeing people smoke, but today it’s hard to look back on that and think that such an activity was even possible.

I wonder what things we take for granted today will have people 60 years from now looking back and saying, “What were they thinking?”

I’m guessing near the top of their list will be the popularity of Donald Trump…

 

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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