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What has happened to the TV commericals? Many of them today make absolutely no sense. I grow up with fun commericals in the 60's, 70's and 80's. I'm telling my age I know, but the commericals today have lost their appeal. Campbell Soup, Fritos, Dippity Do and cereal commericals were fun and entertaining back in the day. Saturday mornings cartoons were a blast. I've thought back to my childhood over the past few weeks. I remembered the smell of a great breakfast cooking and the TV blaring with commericals that would make us laugh and sing and the best cartoons.
I found a few of my favorite commericals on Youtube. One of my favorites was the Frito Bandito commerical. I loved this little guy. He sang a song about Fritos, which is one of my favorite snacks to this day. Check him out:

Ayiee, yie-yie-yieeee,
I am dee Frito Bandito.
I love Frito's Corn Chips,
I love dem I do.
I love Frito's Corn Chips,
I take dem from you.

The Frito Bandito was banned in the 70's. The Latino population saw him as sterotype. I respect all cultures and what they perceive to be sterotypes, but as a child I wasn't aware of sterotypes. To me he was just funny. I loved him.

Another favorite was the Chiquita Banana commericals. My favorite banana commerical was made before my time in 1944. I discovered the commerical years ago, and it remains a favorite. I just love to watch the banana dance. Miss Chiquita started as a dancing banana, but she's now featured as the lady shown to the left. I think if we had more commericals like these, we could probably get our kids to eat healthier. My 2 year old grandson loves this video:

Another favorite was the Trix Rabbit. The Trix Rabbit would try to con children into giving him a bowl of Trix cereal. The children in the commerical would respond, "Silly Rabbit Trix Are For Kids". We would run around all day, repeating this slogan. It drove my mother crazy.
I could go on and on about the 60, 70 and 80's. Not only did they have great commericals, the Saturday morning cartoons were the bomb. We watched The Archies singing Sugar Sugar, Josie and the Pussycats, and the Jackson 5. Oh, how I loved Saturday mornings. My mother always cooked a big breakfast. She made biscuits, pancakes or waffles from scratch. Our eggs were retrieved from my grandparents hen house, so they were always fresh and yummy. Grandma and Granddaddy also had blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Mom would spend hours making jams and storing it so we could pile it on our pancakes, biscuits, and waffles on the week-ends. Every Saturday my father would say to my mother, "Look at those kids with all that jam". She ignored him, and we would just laugh and make our piles of jam higher. He would wait for us to add more jam, somehow he know that we would add more as a result of what he said, and than he would go to somebody's plate and scoop off enough jam to cover his own pancakes or biscuits.

Another great memory was the hours we spent gathering walnuts and later cracking them with a brick so Mom could put them in our brownies You had to be creative back in the day, I didn't discover nutcrackers until much later in life.

Thanks for allowing me to share a few childhood memories with you. We would love to hear how you spent your Saturdays while growing up.


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