Tag Archives: 1980s

TBS: “Incident At Phantom Hill” teaser (circa 1989)

Another 10-second advert spot for the TBS Saturday Movie, this time it’s obscure western “Incident At Phantom Hill”

DONATE to VHS Time Capsule: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WKW8AWC7AK7J6

Also on:

Memories of Adam West’s Batman 1966

This groovy theme from the 60’s Batman series always conjures up a specific image in my mind: one of eating breakfast on the “back porch” of the Yellow House (really the extended kitchen/dining room area leading to the actual back porch), an unfinished solarium where we had a small aluminum and plastic dining table. There was a small Sears color television sitting on the corner of the table that I was watching Saturday Morning Cartoons on. It was late into the block, and the last shows to air were on WXIA (Channel 11, the local NBC affiliate): Batman and Superboy. It was hard to get a decent picture, so I was constantly getting up to adjust the rabbit ear antenna to catch the broadcast signal as it meandered around the shadow of Kennesaw Mountain and bounced against nearby Lost Mountain.

WXIA stopped showing Batman reruns not long after that, replacing them with a block by producer Peter Engel that included Saved By The Bell and the knock-off California Dreams. I don’t recall what happened to that TV set, either. We may have given it to a relative in need or it may have just died altogether; it was the 1980s.

Also to be noted was the little family in-joke when my dad and I would get into his old 66 Chevrolet truck wherein one of us would start the familiar checklist and the other would finish:

Also on:

Minute Maid: “New 96oz Bottle” (circa 1989)

Plastics make it possible! I was traumatized as a preschooler when I dropped a glass jug of Gatorade on the cement porch of our house one time. If only we had the plastic jugs back then!

DONATE to VHS Time Capsule

Also on:

Ingles: “Letter Writing” (circa 1989)

This typewriter was old-fashioned even in 1989! That’s how we know that Ingles Supermarket is homey and traditional!

Also on:

National Geographic Explorer Commercials

Before the NatGeo Channel, there was National Geographic Explorer on TBS, a weekly television magazine show that brought the best of National Geographic Magazine to living rooms across the country!

Also on:

NASCAR Commercials (circa 1989-1992)

Remember back when no one wanted the broadcast rights to NASCAR, so Turner took a chance and ran wild with them?

How about back when the only people who knew what NASCAR was were walking out of a screening of “Days of Thunder”? Those were the days!

Also on:

The IRS is hiring!

Quite possibly the best advertisement(s) for a government job ever conceived.

Also on:

Milk: “It’s a Health Kick” (circa 1989)

Drink milk! It’ll make you sexy!

Also on:

Mervyn’s Anniversary Sale (circa 1989)

Remember the “Mervyn’s Lady”? Oh-pen-oh-pen-oh-pen-oh-pen….

Also on:

The 1989 Mercury Sable

Where do you go for great deals on the new ’89 Mercurys (Mercuries)?

Also on: