I’m Out of Control – Regis Previews Tower of Terror (1993)

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…

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Their Best Move – NBA Stay In School Jam (1992)

If you were a middle schooler in Orlando, Florida in the 1991-1992 school year and had perfect attendance through February, you were given the opportunity to get up early on Saturday morning and ride a school bus to the Orlando Arena (now the Amway Center) during the NBA All Star Weekend to attend the NBA…

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Through A Modem – Prodigy Commercial (1990)

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…

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That’s My Brand – OJ’s Cereal (1980s)

The “combine it, just combine everything, who cares” mentality of the ’80s is demonstrated here in this aggressive attempt to combine as many parts of the traditional balanced breakfast into as few individual items as possible. OJ’s Cereal is mascoted by the lazily named OJ Joe, a cowboy who wrangles oranges, brands them, and delivers…

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