Regis Philbin had a long history with the Walt Disney Company as a regular host of Disney’s Christmas Parade. His approach to hosted moments, crowdwork, and pre-taped segments was truly one-of-a-kind. One of my favorite Regis moments is this 1993 preview for the upcoming “Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” attraction. In a pre-taped segment, Regis…
There’s something comforting about this mellow, brown 1990 ad for the Prodigy internet service. It’s two minutes (two minutes!) of the glory and promise of the internet, laid out in optimistic clarity.
A yuppie has his aging neighbor over to his aging-neighbor-approved house and is eager to show off his computer. The yuppie explains the Prodigy service to him, the shimmering beacon of a curated news feed, an online shopping portal, and the awful idea of remote banking in the early ’90s.
By the end of the pitch, old Jack’s on board and internetting all by himself. Hopefully not on any of *those* newsgroups.
It’s worth pointing out that Prodigy did NOT load as quickly as it did in this ad. Each page was a three to four minute load for me, on average, on my 2600 baud modem. I don’t know that I got speeds like this until the mid 2000’s!