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Sunday, June 25th, 2017
30 Years Ago Today

Here's a commercial for O'Connor Ford with Katie O'Connor. Located at 2600 West 95th Street in Evergreen Park.

"If anyone can, O'Connor can!"

This aired on June 26, 1987.

O'Connor Ford (Commercial, 1987)

Here's a commercial for O'Connor Ford with Katie O'Connor. Located at 2600 West 95th Street in Evergreen Park.

"If anyone can, O'Connor can!"

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, June 26th 1987.

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I love that ad! I even have the audio version from '94 on cassette.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Monday, February 11th 2008 at 10:26pm.

Reasons they should have re-shot this commercial: 1. Huge distracting skirt with camel-pleat. 2. Poorly-lit group shot more appropriate for halloween "Franken-Sale". 3. Idiot on left can't hold still for 10 seconds and adjusts his glasses right before the cut-away.
Comment posted by AbeFroman on Tuesday, February 12th 2008 at 9:44am.

The O Connor Ford commercials originally used a jingle sung to the tune of K-K-K-Katy.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Tuesday, February 12th 2008 at 10:57pm.

I remember a differet "Katy" in a later ad. So she was just an actor, not an actual family member of the dealer?
Comment posted by smctopia on Friday, February 15th 2008 at 8:33pm.

Really? Seems like the same ol' Katie I remember.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, February 15th 2008 at 11:50pm.

Smctopia is absolutely right... the "Katy O'Connor" with short brown hair in this ad was an actress and there was a pretty big stink about her not being the "real" Katy O'Connor. The one with longer hair in the later commercials was the real Katy O'Connor.
Comment posted by Ray on Saturday, February 16th 2008 at 1:06am.

Wow, didn't know this. Is her name spelled Katie or Katy though? In this ad they have it on the screen and it's spelled Katie.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, February 16th 2008 at 2:00am.

I think her name is actually spelled Katie, I was just typing fast!
Comment posted by smctopia on Saturday, February 16th 2008 at 2:06pm.

$187 dollars a month for a 1987 ford escort, in 2000 I bought a 1987 ford escort for 200 bucks lol
Comment posted by owenrock on Sunday, December 7th 2008 at 2:07am.

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