Cool commercial I was too young to remember. Comment posted by Pete on Sunday, April 25th 2010 at 12:41am.
Of course, they don't show any scenes where the train falls off the tracks. As I recall, there were several such incidents around this time. This ad campaign was to try and get people to take the train again. Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Sunday, April 25th 2010 at 10:27am.
The singer of the Amtrak jingle is Jake Holmes, who sang many 1970's/1980's/1990's TV commercial jingles and even had a minor chart hit in late 1970 with the song "So Close". Comment posted by dth1971 on Sunday, April 25th 2010 at 9:52pm.
I've found some info on him!!!!!!! On Wikipedia!!!! He's done jingles for the US Army, Burger King, Lego..................... Comment posted by michiganfan on Wednesday, April 28th 2010 at 12:58pm.
Did he also sing the "Zack the Lego Maniac" jingle? Sounds like the same guy. (I didn't look it up on Wikipedia yet incase it's listed there) Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, April 28th 2010 at 1:00pm.
Oh yeah!!!!!! Zack the Lego Maniac and JACK the Lego Maniac!!!! "Come See The Softer Side of Sears", "Gillette, The Best A Man Can Get" (love that jingle). I grew up with that voice but could NEVER have placed the name until now!!!! Comment posted by michiganfan on Wednesday, April 28th 2010 at 1:06pm.
Jingle vocal info added to clip description. Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, April 14th 2011 at 6:41pm.
Oh, and Mr. Holmes was also the original writer of "Dazed and Confused" - for which Led Zeppelin stole credit. ;-( Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, April 14th 2011 at 6:42pm.
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The company that offered (for sale, of course) this color test pattern (and laid out the type including the "Broadcasting From Sears Tower" and "Circular Polarization" notices) was a Clifton, NJ firm called Tele-Measurements, Inc., which is still around. In 1977 adverts the company put out in magazines such as Broadcast Engineering and BM/E (Broadcast Management/Engineering), their designation for this type pattern was TM-501, as part of their "Tele-Pat" line. A much earlier version of this pattern was used in Chicago by WFLD Channel 32 in its early years on the air (from its 1966 debut into the early '70's, apparently giving way to electronic color bars around the onset of Kaiser's 1973-77 sojourn).
No doubt when the tape of Fr. Hitpas' sermonette got around to airing on NYC sister station WCBS Channel 2's "Give Us This Day" at sign-on or sign-off, the voiceover (either Pat Connell or Norm Stevens or Roger Forster or whomever) would have announced at the end that it "was presented in cooperation with the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of New York." And if at sign-on, would have been followed by first the station ID, then a 20-or-so-minute slides-only newscast read by the said announcer.
Isn't there a longer, minute version of this commercial? If I remember, they also had a segment where Larry from Perfect Strangers, "Boz Knows Comedy?" and you see Cooky trying to hit Bozo with a pie and as usual, it backfires. I swear I saw it on here. I checked YouTube and there's no such commercial on there.
Around Why-Tee (the phonetic spelling for the initials of YouTube), you have quite a few editorials (and even some editorial feedbacks) from sister station WPIX Channel 11 in New York City, as delivered by Richard N. Hughes who was perhaps the most famous of the editorialists in NYC. Pray tell, who amongst the Chicago TV stations' editorialists would have been better known "at the time"? I'm banking on WMAQ's Dillon Smith . . .
NYC sister station WPIX Channel 11's "Portions..." wording was "Portions Of The Preceding Program Were Pre-Recorded." The "pre-recorded" terminology was used by NYC stations almost uniformly, as if they believed New Yorkers wouldn't understand what "mechanically reproduced" meant.