Someone Has A Need – CompuServe Promo (1987)

I’m not sure who this was produced for or where this played, but it’s an incredible look forward from the viewpoint of 1987. CompuServe, the online internet provider and one of the earliest in the game, features this look at a world where the availability of information matches society’s hunger for it. The video runs…

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1-900 Hot Hints (1990)

Full disclosure: In the Summer of 1991 I called the Sierra Hint Line every day, racking up massive three-figure phone bills that landed me computer-less for a few weeks when the bills came in. To be fair, the Sierra Hint line was a pretty awesome experience; it had a very deep touch-tone organization and fun…

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Star Wars Drunk Driving PSA (1979)

What better way to celebrate Star Wars today than to showcase this super-lazy public service announcement discouraging drunk driving? There have been better executions of Star Wars characters promoting the greater good, but this is just a recut of some Mos Eisley cantina footage with a tacked-on “if you do stuff like this don’t drive”…

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Zonk! – Let’s Make a Deal 900 Number Game (1992)

This unholy union of 900-number and infomercial is a real silver bullet of a moneygrab. Leveraging bona fide nostalgia for one of television’s great game shows, Monty Hall leads this effort to milk callers out of at least 18 dollars in the hopes of winning $1000. The concept’s sort of simple: call this 900 number…

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