Stan Freberg changed my life
If you’re around my age, you remember the above commercial. It was on all of the stations that targeted your particular age group.
I, for my part, sure as hell remember that commercial because, well, I looked and talked (and dressed) pretty much exactly like Donovan Freberg did in that there commercial. Long blond hair (which I miss very much), denim jacket (which I miss very much), teenager voice and mannerisms (I’d like to think that I don’t miss them despite not having them anymore, but I probably still have them but just haven’t noticed and I therefore don’t miss them because I don’t have to).
Anyway, the resemblance was uncanny. It was so close that even I didn’t feel like I could deny it. It irritated the ever-living crap out of me. (People (strangers!) would come up to me and ask me to say “No, but I’m afraid you’re going to tell me.”)
I was going to driving school because, hey, I was 17, right? And I was stuck in a room with all kinds of other 17 year olds and one of the girls in the class, one of the Pretty People, asked me if I had ever seen AND THEN I FINISHED HER QUESTION FOR HER “the Encyclopedia Britannica commercial?” and she squealed and tittered with her Pretty People friends and I realized how much I hated 1989.
A few months later, for some strange reason, the phone rang and it was for me. It was her. The girl who had laughed at me. She wanted to know if I wanted to go out on a date.
Well, a lot of stuff happened and she eventually became The Lynchpin Event. Sigh.
Anyway, Stan Freberg was the mastermind behind that (and many other!) commercials (he also happened to have fathered the boy in the Encyclopedia commercial).
And he died yesterday.
And without him, I doubt I would have ever had those lynchpin events.
Thanks, Stan. You have no idea how much you changed my life.
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