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So Bad Yet So Good

Memory Lane.

New Yorkers of a certain vintage will remember this budget beauty:

Ah, too much time on my hands, man. Must be the heat…wait, a minute, it ain’t even hot no mo.

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1 Yankee Mama   ~  Nov 18, 2009 12:24 pm

You're killing me, AB.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 18, 2009 12:40 pm

LOL, I know, killing myself in the process too, LOL

3 RagingTartabull   ~  Nov 18, 2009 1:03 pm

the winner, and still champion:


4 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 18, 2009 1:04 pm

I was THIS close to putting that one in too.


5 williamnyy23   ~  Nov 18, 2009 1:10 pm

Thanks....it took me over 10 years to get that "take the train to the plane" jingle out of my head, and now it's back!!

6 RagingTartabull   ~  Nov 18, 2009 1:10 pm

you guys are older than me, but that thing ran nonstop on WPIX well into the early '90's

also, this one. Which as a kid I had no idea what this guy was talking about, but it still seemed slimy:


7 williamnyy23   ~  Nov 18, 2009 1:12 pm

[3] Ah yes...the Millford Plaza...still going strong (see below from the website). For the record, I was able to sing the entire song in lockstep with the commercial. I am getting a lot of strange looks now.

On December 12th, 2009 the Milford Plaza Hotel is scheduled to temporarily close in order to complete a major renovation. We will reopen in 18-to-21 months, in mid-to-late 2011.

8 Dimelo   ~  Nov 18, 2009 1:13 pm

[3] Wow, that brings back a ton of memories - The A Team, The Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy, MAcGyver, MNF with: Dan Dierdorf, Al Michaels and Frank Gifford, Cosby Show, Cheers, Facts of Life.

Alex - I don't remember the Carvel commercial. I still sing (to myself) the 'train-to-the-plane' song whenever i see some tourist on the A. Crazy Eddie was great. Why no money store commercials with Rizzuto?

9 williamnyy23   ~  Nov 18, 2009 1:14 pm

[6] YESSSSS!!!! But no one beats Phil Rizzuto from the Money Story.


10 williamnyy23   ~  Nov 18, 2009 1:21 pm

[8] Speak of the Scooter...got you covered in [9].

11 Dimelo   ~  Nov 18, 2009 1:22 pm

[10] YES! I saw

12 Shaun P.   ~  Nov 18, 2009 1:27 pm

[3] [7] The Millford Plaza is the lullaby of all Broooaaddwwaaayyy!

I miss the old WPIX.

And that I can recall all of these old commercials from when I was a kid makes me feel happy that my kids are barely aware of commercials, thanks to TiVo. Their heads will hopefully be filled with more useful information. ;)

13 boslaw   ~  Nov 18, 2009 1:34 pm

[12] - yeah, useful things like "backpack, backpack. backpack backpack" or "I'm the map I'm the map I'm the map I'm the map"

who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

14 novayankeefan   ~  Nov 18, 2009 2:03 pm

Showing my age, but I remember Joe Dimaggio shilling for Chock Full O'Nuts Coffee and the Bowery Bank!

15 FreddySez   ~  Nov 18, 2009 2:35 pm

When was that Crazy Eddie piece from? Holy crap, that's the EXACT air conditioner they had in my old apartment. I had no idea it was ever brand-new.

Anyhow, see if this takes you back:


16 thelarmis   ~  Nov 18, 2009 3:01 pm

HA! i remember all those! what about Garden State Brick Face & Stucco ???

[12] i miss the old wpix too...

i'll be in NY next week. can't wait to get me some Cravel (that's what i call it, since i always crave it)!!!

17 thelarmis   ~  Nov 18, 2009 3:03 pm

not sure what thread to post this on, but our very own WilliamNYY23 got into Neyer's Sweet Spot today with his response to FIP:

In a blog post trumpeting the accomplishments of Brett Anderson, I mentioned Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) in passing, and a couple of commenters weren't exactly impressed.

First, from Williamnyy:

The whole notion of stripping away lucky is very slippery. For starters, FIP completely ignores the fact that a pitcher might have control over how well a batted ball is struck. Intuitively, I think we all know that premise is nonsense. The fact that batters hit so many line drives off Sergio Mitre, but always seem to weakly put the ball in play against Mariano Rivera is not a factor of luck. While the concept of FIP does have some predictive value, it is but a minor tool. Using it as the basis of an assessment is lazy at best. Using statistics sloppily does more to hurt the field of Sabermetrics than ignoring them altogether.

good job, william! : )

18 YankeeAbby   ~  Nov 18, 2009 3:07 pm

[15] AWESOME! Totally takes me back PIXPIXPIX!!!!

Great memories from all of you!!!

19 rbj   ~  Nov 18, 2009 3:20 pm

Fudgey the Whale!

I always had a Carvel ice cream cake for my birthday. Yum.

20 LHerman   ~  Nov 18, 2009 4:33 pm

I remember watching Paddy Chayefsky's The Hospital on channel 5 at 11:00 PM. Every commercial break had 7--count 'em, 7--Crazy Eddie commercials. Overall, a very surreal experience.

21 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 18, 2009 4:50 pm

William! You da man!

22 knuckles   ~  Nov 18, 2009 6:21 pm

No love for "beautiful Mount Airy Lodge"?

Those heart shaped hot tubs...the gracefully carved s-turns on the bunny slope...the perms? God bless the Poconos.

23 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:14 pm

[9] Damn William, I was going to link to the Money Store!!

I got this one for youse guys though:


24 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:15 pm

In the midst of a hellish work period, this post & the comments after have made me so so happy. Thanks everyone!

25 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:34 pm
26 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:44 pm

I worked at Carvel from like the age of 15 until I went to college.
I still sing that Train to the Plane song in my heard pretty much every time taking the train to the plane in any city even crosses my mind as an option.

27 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:45 pm

[15] YES!!!


Some people tried to actually say PIX strategically and judiciously but I think the best approach was to just flood the airwaves with a barrage of PIXPIXPIXPIXPIXPIX!

God, that really does take me back.

28 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:48 pm

Oh, and apparently Crazy Eddie was an alumnus of my esteemed high school.

29 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:49 pm

[3] Of course! "The center of it all."

30 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:50 pm

[5] Hah ha ha hah ah !!!

I know, it's preternaturally infectious, isn't it? Fortunately, it's really not even offensive, as far as jingles go.

31 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:52 pm

And of course we can't forget the Money Store, now can we?

Ah, good, I see william's already on it.

32 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:53 pm

[12] Agreed.

33 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:54 pm

[14] I remember those both, I think. Must have been very early eighties?

34 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Nov 18, 2009 9:55 pm

[16] Oh, God, Garden State Brickface and Stucco.

35 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Nov 18, 2009 10:03 pm

[34] Love it!! Impossible to explain to anyone not from NYC what these things are about.

36 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Nov 18, 2009 11:49 pm

What was that "extra value is what you get when you buy coronet?"

What the hell was that even about?

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