Do you remember Poppin’ Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy? He’s been the mascot for Pillsbury since 1965. As a kid, I adored him and I had my own Poppin’ Fresh, along with his wife Poppie, the grandparents and a few of the finger puppets. A few of them survived being tossed or donated and I have them packed away safely somewhere…. From time to time, I come across them (such as the basket pictured above) in antique stores.
These are the first lines of the 1976 movie Ode to Billy Joe. It is inspired by the 1967 song by Bobbie Gentry, “Ode to Billie Joe.” The screenplay and book were written by Herman Raucher.
The story takes place in 1953 rural Mississippi. Bobbie Lee Hartley is a teenage girl who is ready to fall in love and Billy Joe McAllister is a teenage boy who loves her. Billy Joe kills himself by jumping off the Tallahatchie Bridge. The song does not tell us why. But the book and movie give us an idea of what might have happened.
I can’t recall which I read or saw first but since I was twelve in 1976 and I can’t imagine my mom taking me to see the movie, I’m guessing I read the book first.
I loved the book. I loved the movie. The characters were flawed and lovable and a bit dramatic, as teenagers tend to be. The story was funny and terribly tragic. Glynnis O’Connor made Bobbie Lee the teenage girl we all were at some time. She was hopelessly romantic and desperately trying to grow up faster than her parents wanted. Robby Benson. Sigh. Robby Benson as Billy Joe made my heart ache. His confusion and anguish in a time and place where societal norms were set in stone is a reminder of not only how far we have come, but how far we have to go. Bobbie Lee and Billy Joe’s story would hold true today.
So, what can I say about this bunny mug? It was an advertising piece and it must have worked because we had them as kids. Recently my sister was packing up some things and came across the mugs. (Why does it always seem to be one sibling who somehow always winds up with everything?) She gave me one and here it is.
Trying to find any more background on this mug was impossible- at least for me! I found endless listings on many different sales sites. As for actual information- not so much!
THIS is what happens when I write ahead… I looked at drafts to see if I had started on my N post and here was L- all abandoned and alone!
“You can try hard….”
“Or you can try soft.”
Love’s Baby Soft- my perfume of choice as a teenager. I can conjure up the aroma in my memory. It was a light, powdery fragrance. If it’s possible, it smelled exactly like a scent named “Love’s Baby Soft” would. I’m sure I bathed myself in it but in moderation the scent was perfect for a young teenage girl who wanted to smell good. Subtle and not offensive… let me repeat- in moderation.
This commercial was a favorite to re-enact in my house growing up. My sisters and I loved nothing better than taking turns being the brazen vixen calling out “HARRY” in our interpretation of a confident ‘I’m going to grab you and make you mine’ voice alternated with the sweet, softly seductive ‘Harry’ in our coy, eyes batting sweetly, head tilted at an angle cutie pie stance. We must have driven my mother crazy!
Do you have any favorite commercials from your childhood? There are so many I wasn’t able to use… I ended up filling in my alphabet, swapping out this for that, spending hours looking through the 1970’s pop culture online to jog my memory.
Do you remember Match Game with host Gene Rayburn? Two contestants would try to match answers with the panel comprised of six celebrities. Although at first the questions asked were bland in nature, it was when they took on a double entendre tone that the show was really entertaining to watch. An example given is “Johnny always put butter on his blank.”
I had a difficult time deciding on a video to share. Most were longer than anyone would probably watch. All of them were pretty funny. I finally chose the one below for three simple reasons- 1. It is short. 2. It gives you a fun look at fashion and hairstyles from the 1970’s. 3. There’s a good mix of celebrity panelists.
Match Game was one of the places where I got “to know” celebrities I might not have seen otherwise. My favorites were Brett Somers, Richard Dawson and Charles Nelson Reilly. I think my parents were okay with us kids watching it because most of the time when the fill-in-the-blanks were suggestive, they went over our heads and the majority of the time the answers also blew right past us. This show was definitely a show of the 70’s!
We were big fans of game shows. Some of my other favorites were Card Sharks, The Newlywed Game, Let’s Make a Deal, and Family Feud.
How about you? Did you watch game shows growing up? Which were your favorites?