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More Detroit Memorabilia

I never post YouTube video links, do I? Well, I got nostalgic after altivo's comment about Faygo in my last post, so here are some old Faygo commercials:

The Faygo Kid commercial from 1953 -- "Which way did he go, which way did he go".... and here's a whole page about The Faygo Kid (and Faygo pop) on Detroit Kids Show.com.

The Faygo Boat Song commercial from the 1970s -- "Comic books and rubber bands..."

And then there's Detroit Kid Show's Detroit Commericals Page where you can find the one where the guy leading the Faygo Boat Song is a grocery store clerk getting all the customers Faygo Red Pop after he runs through the whole list of flavors.

The Detroit Zoo ad from the 1980s with the critters, which ran in many markets for many zoos. Apologies to those who came to find it obnoxious.


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Oct. 8th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
Good gawd, talk about a blast from the past. Now that's amazing. I would never have guessed that one could find something like that old Black Bart and the Faygo Kid commercial on the internet. Yes, I remember that and others in a similar vein. I do not remember the Faygo song, because that was after I completely swore off television. However, I do recall seeing commercials where the soda counter guy or grocery store guy kept having to run through the entire list of flavors only to inevitably have to serve "red pop". At least some of them featured The Great Gildersleeve of old time radio fame.
Oct. 8th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
I didn't know until last night that that was The Great Gildersleeve -- well, actually the second one, I guess. (I'd have to go back and look up details.)

There were some other commercials from more recent times. For a while, Faygo seemed to be competing with Pepsi, saying they had more of a kick. In fact, there was one where a couple of kids were skateboarding, one gives the other one a Faygo cola. The second kid then kicks the first, who says "Ow! What was that for?" and the kicker says "It's like Pepsi with a kick!" Yeah, I thought it was dumb too.

The Detroit-based hip-hop act Insane Clown Posse used to do a lot with Faygo, apparently, because there were a few videos related to ICP and Faygo. But I didn't bother with those, as I certainly have no nostalgia for anything that recent.
Oct. 8th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)
Faygo cola, like RC and Diet-Rite, is a horrible concoction. Their root beer, however, used to be pretty darned good. Like Vernor's, it was a Detroit area specialty. Vernor's, however, has been successfully extended into other market areas now without changing the name or formula. I haven't seen Faygo anywhere since my family moved away from Detroit in the 70s.

Chicago had a similar local brand, Lasser's. They were still around and popular when I moved there in 1977, and in fact I even met a couple of members of the Lasser family (who weren't particularly wealthy, but were struggling to keep their business going at the time.) I don't think that brand exists any more, alas.
Oct. 8th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
You realize that now I'm going to be rummaging through [gasp] youtube looking for Burr Tillstrom's Kukla, Fran and Ollie and old Crusader Rabbit cartoons. Gah! I blame you, I do.
Oct. 8th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
I have broad shoulders. It's OK. :)
Oct. 8th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Gawd, I've lived in MIchigan longer than I thought. (Well, long enough to remember the Faygo song and the Detroit Zoo ads. I STILL lapse into my Jimmy Durante voice for "This place is a ZOO!")

FYI - the link to the Faygo Boat Song is returning a "malformed URL" message here. Don't know if it's just me, but I thought you'd want to know.

'Twas a pleasure to share the stage with you on Saturday, btw! :-)
Oct. 9th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
Good catch -- fixed now.

Thanks, and likewise! :)
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