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Top ten list of my favorite commercials

Greetings, readers. I find that almost all of my favorite commercials are from the 1970s, when I was a kid watching television. I have seen a number of these more recently on YouTube. I thought I would share them with you today. These are in no particular order.

#10. From the 70s, McDonald’s commercial with Ronald McDonald, the Cheeseburglar, the Grimace, Captain Crook, and a number of children, taking pictures saying cheeseburger instead of cheese.

#9. The ad for the 1975 Mercury Cougar XR7 starring Farrah Fawcett and a live cougar.

#8. The classic Lite Bright toy from Hasbro.

#7. The classic Betty Crocker Easy Bake Oven.

#6. Kenner SSP Racers.

#5. Another McDonald’s ad with the jingle listing out all the ingredients to a Big Mac.

#4. Mennen Skin Bracer aftershave ad with a slap and the tagline, “Thanks, I needed that.”

#3. Dunkin’ Donuts set of ads from the 80s with a baker saying, “Time to make the donuts.”

#2. The classic game Connect Four from Milton Bradley.

#1. The classic game Battleship from Milton Bradley with the line, “You sank my battleship!”

Okay folks, I just had a blast from the past and I enjoyed it. Thanks to Rebecca for looking up the videos on YouTube to get the names right. These ads were so long ago. In the comments section, please feel free to leave your favorite ads in a message. Let’s get a thread going.

Until next week, take care, stay warm, have a great weekend and happy reading.

Top ten list of great M*A*S*H episodes

Greetings, readers. Here is a list of really great M*A*S*H episodes. We’ll have ten of them plus one honorable mention to complete the list. Enjoy.

#10. Dear Dad # 1, season one. [The first letter home to Hawkeye’s dad. There were several of these letter home episodes over the years by various characters.]

#9. Out of Gas, season seven. [Father Mulcahy must deal with black marketeers to obtain sodium pentothal, a much needed anesthesia.]

#8. Period of Adjustment, season eight. [Klinger must deal with everybody comparing him to Radar, and B.J. must deal with his little girl calling Radar daddy when he is met at the airport by B.J.’s wife and daughter. This episode has very touching scenes and is quite well acted.]

#7. Hawk’s Nightmare, season five. [Hawkeye all of a sudden, over several nights, wakes up screaming, claiming to see his childhood friends having dreadful accidents. Dr. Sydney Freedman saves the day.]

#6. Fallen Idol, season six. [One of my personal favorites. When Hawkeye insists that Radar goes into Seoul for R&R, Radar comes back injured. When Hawkeye must operate, though he is intoxicated due to guilt, and must leave the O.R. to be sick, Radar loses respect temporarily for Hawkeye.]

#5. 5 o’Clock Charlie, season two. [Hawkeye, Trapper, and crew place bets and make a day of it when a nearsighted Korean in an airplane tries to bomb the camp ammo dump everyday at the same time.]

#4. Letters, season nine. [School children from Hawkeye’s town write letters to the folks at M*A*S*H 4077. Everyone gets a handful to answer. A very touching scene near the end is when Charles receives a leaf from a tree that reminds him of home; Charles takes special care to answer that young one’s letter on paper, not by tape recorder.]

#3. Comrades in Arms, season six. [Probably one of the most well-done episodes. It is a two-parter, where Hawkeye and Margaret are sent to another M*A*S*H unit to demonstrate a technique. When they arrive, the camp has bugged out. As they hide in a nearby village hut, a romance kindled by fear develops.]

#2. The Interview, season four finale. [Clete Roberts, a real life war correspondent, does serious interviews to show the folks back home just how bad war can be. This episode did not have a laugh track.]

#1. Abyssinia, Henry, season three finale. [My personal favorite episode, though I cry every time I watch it. When Colonel Blake gets his discharge orders, everybody is thrilled. Hours after he leaves, though, joy turns to sadness when it is learned that his plane spun into the sea of Japan. No survivors.]

Honorable Mention: Who Knew?, season eleven. [After Hawkeye has a date with a shy new nurse, she is killed in an accident. When he offers to do the eulogy, because no one else really knew her, he is faced with how fleeting life can be. He tells the people in his life how much they mean to him.]

Hope you have enjoyed this top ten list dealing with this classic TV show.

As usual, have a great weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Quality television

Greetings, readers. It is so good to be back after a week or more off. I was suffering from head pain which made concentrating on my writing next to impossible. I did however ask Rebecca, my trusty writing assistant and editor, to make an entry last week. I read it and it was quite interesting. That particular post got many views. I am what you call a bar watcher. No, that’s not watching the corner pub waiting for time to go get a beer, but rather the statistics page here on WordPress. I think the most views we’ve ever had on one day was 53 views on March 14th.

Now, on to the topic at hand. I am an avid Netflix watcher. Sometimes on disc but mostly through streaming video on TV. I have found a delightful series, called Upstairs, Downstairs. It ran as part of the Masterpiece Theatre on PBS from 1971 through 1975. If you want to see British acting at its finest other than Shakespeare, I urge you to check it out. It is well worth your time. Characters come and go a little too quickly for my liking but other than that, top-notch.

The premise of the show is the epic tale of a wealthy family and their servants in England spanning the years between 1903 and 1930. Each hour-long episode not only deals with a specific character, as most shows do, but a specific time period. In Britain it appears as though TV seasons are only 13 episodes long, half of what ours are. To me an odd thing is the mixture of color and black and white episodes in the first season. I’ve never seen that in any show before. I have seen shows get a complete first season in black and white before switching to color, especially in the 1960s, i.e Lost in Space and Gilligan’s Island.

To my happy surprise, Netflix will soon be adding seasons 2 – 5 on streaming video. Today I priced the complete box set available at Best Buy.com and let’s just say it is on my Christmas wish list. If any of you take my advice and watch this show, I am certain that you will like it. Until soon, take care and happy reading.