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Empire Carpets - "Kiddie Look-Alike" (Commercial, 1983)

Here's another Empire Carpets commercial - featuring a pint-sized version of Lynn Hauldren (Empire Carpet Man). The child in this commercial was Jason Kane, who grew up to be a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Physician at Children's Memorial Hospital. (Just goes to show you where doing an Empire commercial can take you.)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, March 13th 1983.

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Anyone else notice that the kid's hair gets noticably shorter at the 22 second mark??
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, April 10th 2008 at 2:36pm.

Somebody roll this kid up in some of that carpet he's hawking and put him out on the street for the garbage man. I hated this kid/commercial...I also think that kid is wearing my glasses from back then. Maybe I shouldn't hate him so much...after all, we were stylin'!
Comment posted by GHilbrich on Thursday, April 10th 2008 at 6:33pm.

Laugh
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, April 10th 2008 at 8:11pm.

The free T-shirt must have been added after the kid initially did the commercial and he was brought back, sans the bowl haircut.
Comment posted by Joey G on Thursday, April 10th 2008 at 9:26pm.

the free t shirt before the carpet shampooer
Comment posted by pantaloon123 on Friday, April 11th 2008 at 4:23pm.

They were really going for the cuteness factor, weren't they?
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Friday, August 12th 2011 at 5:06pm.

Info on the kiddie look-alike added to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, December 13th 2011 at 3:11pm.

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Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Creature Features - "The Raven" (Opening & Bumper Excerpts, 1978) by AdoreSixtyFour on Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 1:59pm CT

I'm so glad this footage has turned up--I remembered seeing Creature Features in the late '70s and early '80s, but every historical reference I could find on the Interwebs told me that it ended in May 1976, so I assumed my memory was just wrong...until now! I also remember the simple opening with the blue slide. I must have been up late during summer vacation to see it, and I don't know which movie I saw (Kronos, maybe, since I remember seeing that on CF, though it only aired once in the "classic" era...when I was 9), but I remember being shocked (and thrilled!) to see it still on the air. I still have dreams about the show, too--usually that somebody has at least briefly revived it and I've stumbled across it on cable. (You listening Antenna TV? Cozi? This?)


Comment posted in WSNS Channel 44 - Monster Rally Movie - "Opening Outtakes" (1976) by AdoreSixtyFour on Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 1:47pm CT

Wow...I remembered Monster Rally (I think I watched every local horror-film showcase in the '70s & '80s), but had completely forgotten this super-cool opening!


Comment posted in WLS Channel 7 - Fahey Flynn Presents Seven's Greetings (Part 2, 1972) by Larkin Royal on Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 2:02am CT

These puppets were later used on a show called I.N.K. -- Interesting News for Kids. I thought it was on WMAQ, but maybe I'm wrong on that. The mic was named Mike Rafone, (get it?), and the show also featured a character who was a spider that looked like a black glove with a huge black pin cushion sewn onto the top of it. This is the ONLY reference I've seen to the show in years.


Comment posted in WSNS Channel 44 - Monster Rally Movie - "Opening Outtakes" (1976) by Larkin Royal on Monday, November 17th, 2014 at 1:47am CT

Did this ever go anywhere, or was it just an opening, which was also used, (as I remember), as a commercial? I don't remember ever seeing the host doing any bumpers or skits, ala Svengoolie.


Comment posted in WSNS Channel 44 - Monster Rally Movie - "Opening Outtakes" (1976) by NuBnPrnc2k on Sunday, November 16th, 2014 at 3:03pm CT

That was great! Put this with the Long Chevrolet Newsboy commercial.


Comment posted in WSNS Channel 44 - Monster Rally Movie - "Opening Outtakes" (1976) by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at 7:42pm CT

The response to this clip was...shall we say...more muted than I expected. ;-) But I guess people are a bit ho-hum after 7 years of FuzzyMemories discoveries? :-)


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That was a surprise all right.


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Corrected airdate.


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Back in 1978 they didn't fire you unless you, well I can't think of what would have gotten you fired. I worked there in the 90's and heard stories about errors that lead to no major disciplinary actions. It's also VERY possible that the Traffic Dept. logged the incorrect number and the person in MC was in a don't give a shit mood and didn't correct it. The justification would have been "Well it was logged that way....."


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