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Monday, December 9th, 2013 29 Years Ago Today
Here's a Christmas commercial for M & M's chocolate candies. This aired on Monday, December 10, 1984. (1983 Copyright) In 1941, Forrest Mars Senior of the Mars Candy Company, struck a deal with Bruce Murrie, son of famed Hershey President William Murrie, to develop a hard-shelled candy with chocolate at the center. Mars needed Hershey's chocolate because of the anticipated chocolate shortage what with World War II approaching. the deal gave Murrie a 20% stake in the newly developed M & M, which was later bought out by Mars when chocolate rationing ended following the end of the war. Thus, the name M&M stood for Mars and Murrie, co-creators of the candy.
M & M's - "Chocolate Season" (Commercial, 1984)
Here's a Christmas commercial for M & M's chocolate candies.
This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, December 10th 1984. (1983 Copyright)
I remember this commercial well. It wouldn't be Christmas without it. Comment posted by 1980sfan on Friday, December 14th 2007 at 8:10pm.
Peace & Love, Oh and M&M's. Comment posted by BabyBear on Friday, December 14th 2007 at 11:35pm.
Lights on a horse-drawn sleigh? Did they rig them to a car battery by the guy's feet? I always wonder strange things when I see old commercials. Comment posted by AbeFroman on Monday, December 17th 2007 at 9:28am.
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Oakbrook Center was the "sister" of Old Orchard in Skokie. Old Orchard went up in 1956 and Oakbrook Center six years later. The first time I saw Oakbrook Center, I thought Old Orchard had been transplanted. Even the logo (an interlocked O and C) looked like Old Orchard's (two interlocked O's). The guy who built both of them was Philip Klutznick, who was Carter's Secretary of Commerce. Amazing the things you can learn on the Internet.
By the way, this video proves that Charles Gibson is one of those lucky people who actually become better looking with age. Even though he is 36 here, he still had a long-necked, awkward adolescent appearance.
It's odd to hear the booth announcer call it a "live" special report... you don't normally break into programming to run something taped earlier! (Unless it's one of those infamous EBS "red card" kiss-your-ass-goodbye announcements a lot of radio stations kept on a cart.)
Man, that jingle sounds cheap. Could it be more obvious that they were trying to cram a three-syllable word like "Convenient" into an existing music bed? With the off-key singing, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a William B. Tanner Co. production.