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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 WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by JFTaylor on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 7:52pm CT

I actually lived at 4715 Boonsboro Road Boonsboro Village Apartments. Just about everyone in Lynchburg knew that. Glad it wasn't Chicago!

I'm the voiceover in the news preview (voiceover by ??) with teases and opening titles (without theme music - imagine that!), with wide shot of news set (voiceover by ??).

In 1977, there were only 6 members of the news staff... News Director/Anchor - Stan Jayson, Weather - Charles Middleton, Sports - John Buren, Reporters - Jeff Taylor & Jennifer Smith and a Photographer.


Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - Keyfax Nite-Owl Service (Opening, 7/16/82) by davismv on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 6:19pm CT

Wow, lots of new night owl stuff starting to surface!! Fuzzy, I knew there was more, and I'm sure there's some more yet to be found!!


Comment posted in Digger by Romper Room (Commercial, 1975) by LaPrincess on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at 11:43pm CT

I had Digger. Why I had a fake dog when I had two dogs (one of which I could walk as a child)is something that makes no sense.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 11:05pm CT

@Detroit4Chicago - You got it - only difference is there's no repeat at the end. :-)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Detroit4Chicago on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 10:51am CT

My sneak preview guess of EBS Cart #3: "This concludes operations under the Emergency Broadcast System. All broadcast stations may now resume normal broadcast operations. I repeat....."


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Tommy33 on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 10:28am CT

This is scary. 1985, the last throes of the Cold War. MX and Pershing II missiles. Our launch sites in WEST GERMANY. Before perestroika and glasnost. If you want to get really scared watch "Threads." Better yet, don't watch "Threads."


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 12:18am CT

Detroit4Chicago - Thanks for the input. I defer to your expertise. It would be awesome (awesomely frightening?) to hear one from a local Chicago station that actually mentioned an "Attack Warning". But I guess this might be the closest we can get to that right now. :-)

I also obtained the EBS Cart #3 from the same batch - I will post it eventually. It's not as exciting as this one and if I recall correctly is an "All Clear" or cancellation of the alert or something. Same graphics and same announcer though. (Rick Garofalo has no idea what became of the EBS Cart #1, by the way) :-)

Subcarrier - Thanks for the story. Scary stuff! :-)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Detroit4Chicago on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at 8:12pm CT

I believe this is not a RED CARD EAN (although judging by the label on the cart via Facebook, it does seen that way.)

I believe that this here was a standby script that was adopted by the FCC around 1972 when the Commission had changed some of the EBS/EAN procedures a year after the disastrous "wrong tape" incident at NORAD.
This also included the elimination of the EAN Message #1 ("White Card") and EAN Message #2 ("Red Card/Attack Warning") alert scripts. After the changes were made, you did not know what the heck was going on.

I think in this case, EBS #1 was the initial interruption announcement, use of the 22.5 second two-tone attention signal then the body announcement of the EAN. This clip from the cart, being marked EBS #2, may have been used for standby purposes when no Presidental "or his representative" address to the nation was available and everyone in the country was biting their nails and fidgeting.

My guess is that after 1981, the FCC (during the Reagan administration) and/or FEMA had given the "green light" for radio and TV stations to stay on the air and rebroadcast WGN Radio's EBS programming during an EAN request. I believe in turn, WGN would rebroadcast WLS (the EBS PEP; dunno..)

Before this, only key EBS radio stations (WGN and/or WLS) whom were allowed to stay on the air during an EAN would have been the only one(s) airing this script; everyone else would have been off the air after being ordered to cease broadcasting and to wait for the Emergency Action Termination to be given.

BTW (and on the same topic,) I'd like to know if anyone who worked at channel 5 have any knowledge if WMAQ-TV was a "Non-EBS" station during an EAN. (???)

Case in point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAsGpYMpn3s&list=PL4dCu1NpF8Sb-xR8_fV_XTD0ypUIwKsNT


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Subcarrier on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 8:11pm CT

I have a cart that was also used for the EBS. It was taken out of service when the EAS replaced it. It's labeled "National Emergency" and has a black plastic cover with diagonal stripes over the business end so it didn't get put on the air accidentally. The announce is similar to the clip- and it is chilling to hear. I played it on the prelisten bus on the MC switcher we were using at the time (CDL 990) which was probably a bit dangerous! After I heard it I threw it back in the rack as quick as I could.


Comment posted in Sears Bank & Trust - "Fastest Bank in Town" with Bobby Hull (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 10:10am CT

Thanks for the update. I also added information to the description.


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