So, I had the idea to peruse through some old December newspapers to see if anything interesting caught my eye. I love to look at what was going on during this month in decades past. A few things interested me, the first being this advertisement..
Who didn't love the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1970's? I never got to see them live, but I sure did see them on TV a lot - such as the Gilligan's Island special and appearances on Saturday morning cartoons. I liked Curly and Meadowlark Lemon. this would have been a great way to spend Christmastime in 1978.
I've mentioned over and over again on Retrospace how prevalent astrology and the occult in the late sixties and early seventies. I showed you the Coleco zodiac video game; well, here's a 1969 Christmas ad about records for kids on the zodiac. Oddly enough, none of the records the kids are looking at in the picture have anything to do with the zodiac. If I'm not mistaken, it looks like a Frank Zappa album they're looking at - someone correct me if I'm wrong.
These kind of miracle diet ads are still around today - when are people going to finally realize that there's no easy solution. You lose weight and keep it off by regular exercise and eating in moderation? This ad is from December 1969, so it's almost exactly forty years old, and I'll bet you could find an identical one from current magazines and newspapers!
What also gets me about this ad is the freaking creepy looking Santa Claus? Why is the cap covering his eyes, and why does he look emaciated? Did they think a FAT Santa would look bad considering this is a diet ad? Notice also that Eileen doesn't look all that different in the "after" picture, but she has ditched the glasses. I guess the Elaine Powers Figure Salons miraculously cured her sight!
"Okay, kids, go have a good time watching Escape to Witch Mountain. Mommy and daddy are going to go see The Cocaine Fiends. Meet you in the lobby."
The Cocaine Fiends was a very early drugsploitation film, but not X rated material. However, it wasn't unusual to see Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS playing right alongside Pinocchio or Snow White....
Ready for Christmas? I'll bet he's ready. Ready to get down.