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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
36 Years Ago Today

Here's a commercial for Grange Dodge of 5949 South LaGrange Road in LaGrange, IL, with special deals on a window van, 1978 Sportsman Wagon, 1978 Tradesman Van, and 1978 Maxi Van. Nothing would make me want to buy a car more than seeing it parked in high weeds. Several FuzzyMemories.TV forum members chimed in on that common theme. GalagaFleetCommander wrote, "Hmmm...they're showing pictures of Dodge Vans out in the middle of nowhere...are you thinking what I'm thinking? They may have been trying to sell to a particular niche group of folks?? Or they just wanted to show Dodge Vans in their natural habitat?" APM responds, "They were obviously going after the creepy guy living in a VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER demographic." This aired on July 30, 1978.

Grange Dodge (Commercial, 1978)

Here's a commercial for Grange Dodge of 5949 South LaGrange Road in LaGrange, IL, with special deals on a window van, 1978 Sportsman Wagon, 1978 Tradesman Van, and 1978 Maxi Van.

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This aired on local Chicago TV Sunday, July 30th 1978 at a little before 4:30pm.

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Hmmm...they're showing pictures of Dodge Vans out in the middle of nowhere...are you thinking what I'm thinking? They may have been trying to sell to a particular niche group of folks?? Or they just wanted to show Dodge Vans in their natural habitat? :)
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Friday, October 25th 2013 at 8:33pm.

Nothing would make me want to buy a car more than seeing it parked in high weeds.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, October 25th 2013 at 9:57pm.

They were obviously going after the creepy guy living in a VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER demographic. Awesomely bad ad!
Comment posted by APM on Monday, October 28th 2013 at 9:45pm.

Only one word describes the van-in-the-weed visuals: YIKES!
Comment posted by TheCromieCircle on Sunday, December 22nd 2013 at 9:33pm.

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Comment posted in Old Chicago - "Charlie Baffle" (Commercial, 1977) by Brian1978 on Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 9:52am CT

I'm WAY too young to remember Old Chicago, but from looking at these old commercials, it looks like it was an indoor type of amusement park, kind of like what Camp Snoopy or I think it's Nickelodeon Land at Mall of America. Am I right?


Comment posted in Old Chicago - "Monsters of the Midway" (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 9:43am CT

@Brian1978 - Well, they did air the same commercial that day (almost - see below) but the one posted here did come from an entirely new and undiscovered Bozo's Circus episode that I found, which aired on Wednesday, July 11th 1979.

By the way, the version of this ad that did air during Chicagofest interestingly has a slightly different opening title card - all in white versus the oscillating multi-color seen here. Take a look.


Comment posted in Old Chicago - "Monsters of the Midway" (Commercial, 1979) by Brian1978 on Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 9:09am CT

This was the second commercial during the first break of the special, "Bozo at Chicagofest" taking place on August 3rd, 1979. I will always think of it being after the commercial for Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom.


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"So whaddya got Johnson?"

"A brand new gum named for something your bathwater comes out of!...and wait until you see the commercial I came up with!"



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