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American Airlines - "California" (Commercial, 1965)

Here's a commercial for American Airlines, which starts off with a re-creation of a turn-of-the-century train robbery, then segues from that to the various sights of California including the dolphins of Marineland, San Francisco's Chinatown, night skyline, Mission Hill, cable cars, a pelican at the bay, Big Sur, and the infamous freeways. Ends with a shot of a four-engine Boeing 707 touching down as part of their "Royal Coachman" service.

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"The way you do for a television set..."

This aired on local Chicago TV early Friday, March 5th 1965.

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Never been to California. Would love to see the state!
Comment posted by Matt on Thursday, August 30th 2012 at 9:29am.

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Comment posted in Service Chevrolet (Commercial, 1979) by Brian1978 on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 9:31am CT

That's definitely NOT Lisa Whelchel!!!! Such overacting in this commercial. Obviously they were hired for their looks and not their acting skills.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - The Richard Pryor Special Tornado Warning (1977) by ChrisBCritter on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 2:45pm CT

Checking the Tornado History Project, there was only one tornado listed for this date in Illinois. It was a pretty big one: an F4 which touched down at 7:20 PM near Atlanta, IL and ran northeast over seven miles along I-55; luckily no lives were lost and only two injuries.


Comment posted in Service Chevrolet (Commercial, 1979) by RaynerChelvestonMaddux on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 10:31pm CT

No, I don't think that is her.


Comment posted in Independent Network News - "It's a Pacmen-Eat-Pacmen World" (1982) by Smctopia on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 8:12pm CT

As a kid I could often hear my parents watching TV in the other room while I was in bed. I remember hearing the music at 2:25. Was that the "news theme" that Channel 9 news used since this aired on channel 9?


Comment posted in Service Chevrolet (Commercial, 1979) by Szake on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 8:03pm CT

Is the blonde Lisa Whelchel?


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - The Richard Pryor Special Tornado Warning (1977) by Smctopia on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at 8:16pm CT

This made me curious to know who did the invent the first clock: the full name is Benjamin Banneker.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 at 10pm - "Gas Crunch" (Partial Commercial Break & News Excerpt, 1979) by Fygee on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 5:23pm CT

Is Herb Hugo the guy from up? The resemblance is uncanny.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Channel 2 News - "You Never Know Who's Going To Drop By" (Promo, 1976) by Fygee on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 4:41pm CT

Pretty awesome seeing Gene Siskel with hair and the porn stache there.


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Absolutely one of the worst video games I have ever played. I own 2 copies of this dreck too!


Comment posted in WMAQ All News 67 - "We'll Give You The World" (Commercial, 1988) by GalagaFleetCommander on Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 9:12pm CT

WINS in New York started this concept years ago and brought it to Chicago as mentioned when Group W bought the station from NBC. I remember watching "Goodfellas" for the first time and the scene in which Henry Hill's in the shower WINS broke in with the "We'll give you 22 minutes..." music and told of the Lufthansa heist in the movie. That's when I knew WMAQ didn't originate the concept.


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