One of the best things about using a VCR in the 1980s is that you often taped the commercials when you were, say, recording the classic tv movie Bride of Boogedy. And while in this crazy DVR culture world we often fast forward through the commercials, watching them 20+ years after they first aired can be a real treat!
That’s why I love visiting my parents and popping in the copy of Jaws we recorded in 1986 on network television. I am reminded of a kinder, easier time, when crispy chicken nuggets were a reason to celebrate.
Commercials were not only entertaining, but mysterious. How many children grew up wondering what the hell ring around the collar was? When I’d go shopping with my mom at Demoulas in the North Andover Mall, I’d be all, Mom, we have to get Wisk! The powder stuff won’t out ring around the collar, even though I don’t wear collared shirts or even know what it is!
And then after reading Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret in fourth grade, I dreamed about puberty. I was certainly scared of getting my period, but at least I knew what deodorant I would use!
I had no idea women were more acidic than men. Thanks Secret!
I feel bad for thr youth of today that skip commercials. They are missing out.