Wonder if someone still has the van. :') Comment posted by BabyBear on Tuesday, March 17th 2009 at 4:43am.
Dog gonna be OK, Uncle Lar? Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, March 17th 2009 at 6:55am.
There was another ad where you see him IN the tank at Shedd Aquarium. I remember we went there when that commercial was still popular and when there was a caretaker in the tank my dad said, "Hey, it's Larry Lujack!" and a buncha kids standing there believed him. Comment posted by kietdoke on Tuesday, March 17th 2009 at 4:25pm.
I can tell you the van is no more! Comment posted by Menutia on Wednesday, March 18th 2009 at 9:23pm.
I used to listen to Animal Stories religiously as a kid. I loved the humor and the back and forth banter of Uncle Lar and Little "Snotnose" Tommy. Good times! Comment posted by Psyberwolf on Tuesday, August 11th 2009 at 1:24am.
I had an Animal Stories album when I was a kid. I listened to the one about the headless chicken over and over again. Comment posted by dayna on Friday, August 21st 2009 at 8:19am.
I remember this commercial. Wasn't this shown in 1982 or 1983 too? Comment posted by onehotmomma66 on Wednesday, February 17th 2010 at 9:40pm.
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This clip has been viewed 3573 times. This clip debuted on FuzzyMemories.TV on Tuesday, March 17th 2009.
A portion of this clip was featured in a recent episode of AMC's The Making of the Mob: Chicago.
The episode was the Second Season finale, entitled "Last Man Standing" and premiered on August 29th 2016. After notorious mobster Sam Giancana meets his end, one of the characters watches the evening news for updates. See a screen shot from this episode as well as our end credit here.
The 1977 version of Hunter first aired on CBS on Friday, February 18, 1977 during the midseason until its cancellation three months later on May 27th with only 9 shows aired. The last 4 of them didn't air nor did the 1976 series pilot.
The footage of the Lobster ride in this ad is actually from the Marriott's Great America in Santa Clara, CA and not the one in Gurnee. The giveaway is that California's Lobster had four cars per arm while Gurnee's has five. Gurnee's Lobster was renamed East River Crawler but in 2017 will revert to the Lobster name and be relocated to where the Orbit was located. Orbit is being removed.
Thanks for advising as to that theme music (it did sound as if it came off a vinyl record, as when they looped from the end to the beginning the early part sounded much clearer on the high end than on the fadeout before they started again).
On another note - does anyone note the slight resemblance between Paul Dandridge and longtime anchor at NYC sister station WNBC Channel 4, Chuck Scarborough? (As has been noted by others over the years.)
Thanks once again for this piece of classic So Cal TV history.
On a side note, in regards to the ending theme, I'm actually surprised they went through the trouble of listing the theme's composer in the credits. With that small piece of information, this is what I found, thanks to Billboard Magazine...
Composed by Donald Craig
Arranged by Del Kacher
Performed by Chris Delton with the Electric Modes
According to Billboard, the station had started using that song to close out their newscasts around Spring 1973 and was in use at KNBC for 11-13 seasons. That's about as much information I can provide for now. Hope that helps.
P.S.: Here's one more music tidbit for W.B.'s benefit. Prior to that theme, NBC 4 used James Stein's "The World Had Quite a Day Today" as their closing theme for roughly 2 years.