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.
You must be logged into the forums to add comments.
This clip has been viewed 2956 times. This clip debuted on FuzzyMemories.TV on Saturday, April 24th 2010.
Hold the presses - we started getting a difference of opinion in the WMAQ alumni group as to who the VO person actually was. I am trying to sort it all out but it seems likely that it is actually Jerry Mitchell, and not Henry "Hank" Cooke. More details as they become available on these FuzzMem stations, and on FuzzyMemories' Overnight.
Aha, Henry Cooke. How long was he with WMAQ? Ditto for Lorry Young.
As for Lee Hanna - he was brought in by parent network NBC to 'MAQ in 1976 to try to lift the station from last place, after propelling NYC sister station WNBC Channel 4 to the top with its 2-hour "NewsCenter4" newscast. Alas, for a variety of reasons, Mr. Hanna's tenure at WMAQ didn't work out and he was gone by 1978. Ron Powers, in the 1980 edition of his book "The Newscasters: The News Business As Show Business," had a section about Mr. Hanna's ill-fated WMAQ foray in his chapter of the ups and downs of WNBC's "starship newscast."
For some unexplained reason I received the Mork and Mindy game from some program that was giving all the kids toys for Christmas because so many apparently were poor (we weren't so I don't know why they included all kids). Anyway it was a card game and one of the creatures on the card was called oopadoo and we would call one of our dogs that.