Commercials of YesterYear: Kiwi International Airlines

Friday, January 29, 2021

As I mentioned in another "Commercial of YesterYear" article about Spirit Airlines (READ ABOUT IT HERE), or the Mount Airy Lodge commercials (WHICH YOU CAN READ ABOUT HERE), there were a few commercials that repeatedly aired on channels like WPIX (PIX-11) and WWOR (UPN-9) when I was a kid during the early 90s.  

Long time readers of this site know I'm an airline pilot by day, retro blogger by night.  I've always wanted to fly, except I always wanted to fly like Superman did.  When I finally realized that was impossible, airplanes became the next best thing.  I never really thought of it as a career until I was in tenth grade, and my family and I took a trip to Iowa to see my Mom's mother and her new husband... but that's an article for another day.

Before I thought of flying as a career, though, I LOVED planes.  I looked up any time I heard them when I was outside.  When I was really young, my Mom would take us to a small airport in town.  We'd pack a lunch, and we'd go watch the student pilots practice their takeoffs and landings.  My Grandparent's on my Mom's side had lived in Florida before my Grandfather's passing, and we would fly down once a year to visit with them and then spend time at Disney World, and often, the plane ride was my favorite part of the trip.

So when these commercials started repeatedly airing, sometimes two or three times per hour, I was in love.  Spirit Airlines is still around, but the other is long forgotten in the heap of post-deregulation airlines that came and went in the 80s and 90s.  

That airline was Kiwi International Airlines.

Commercials of YesterYear: Pace Salsa... from New York City?!?

Monday, January 25, 2021

I've been thinking a lot lately about all of the old jingles and slogans that rattle around in my head from the many hours spent watching television growing up.  The mind of a child is like a sponge (a fact not lost on advertisers, I'm sure), and it seems like I remember quite a bit of the ads and catchphrases that inundated television of the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s.  

I had to laugh the other day when my Mom marveled that my daughter seems to "study" the TV when she looks at it.  She then commented on how I didn't have that sort of attention or interest in television when I was her age.  I guess she had forgotten that by the time I wasn't even 4, I had memorized "Mary Poppins" line for line and was reciting it for the whole family... and neighborhood.  Nevermind the entire section of my mind overflowing with jingles and catchphrases.

Unfortunately, it seems like nothing is memorable these days compared to YesterYear.  Seemingly no company has catch phrases, jingles, or even a fun mascot.  Is it the fear of offending someone that prevents ads from having any character?  Is it that everything's disposable or replaceable these days, so why not just have interchangeable people and things in the commercial?  

Maybe it's just as simple as everyone skips over ads these days, so they figure why put in the effort?  If you ask me, THAT is the perfect reason to put in the effort.  Make your ad stand out from the pack to get people talking.  

And in the late 80s and early 90s, one such company did stand out.  

Pace Salsa.

5 Things I Miss About Going to McDonalds in the 90s

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

McDonald's recently ran a "Walt Disney World" Happy Meal promotion that celebrated a new ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios down in Orlando, Florida.  Each of the ten toys represented a different ride, like Minnie on a Pirate Ship (Pirates of the Caribbean) or Mickey in a Rocket Ship (Space Mountain.)  My daughter is a GIANT Mickey Mouse fan, so we, of course, had to get her a few of these toys. 
My wife and I have so many fond memories of visiting McDonald's during our childhoods, so we thought it would be fun for our daughter, even if she likely won't remember it.  Aside from the 40th Anniversary Happy Meal from 2019 (READ ABOUT IT HERE), we both haven't had a Happy Meal in decades, and since our little one is too young to eat the food yet, the meals were for us, and the toy was for her.  

We had a blast on our little adventure in search of Mickey toys.  On that Saturday, when she wouldn't take a nap, we threw her in the car (a sure-fire nap) and hit up about 8 local McDonald's in search of some of the ten toys.  We asked before ordering to find out what toy they had available and found out that only 4 of the ten were only available and we'd have to wait a week for the rest.  
The toys included tickets to enter a contest to win a trip to Disney, but due to COVID, the whole promotion was delayed several months, and the dates on the ticket were wrong.  Avoiding legal issues, Disney pulled the toys with the promise to remove the tickets before re-releasing them.  A week later, the toys returned for only two or three days before McDonald's canceled the Disney World promotion due to their next toy contract's hard start date.  The story has a happy ending, though, as Grandpa found them on eBay and made sure she has a full set for when she's older. 
Back in the 90s, McDonald's was such a large part of my childhood memories, and I'm sure for many of you, as well.  We didn't go very often, just the occasional Saturday afternoon when my Mom was looking to get out of the house.  Most often, it would be when she'd pick me up after half-day Kindergarten, and once her errands were complete, we'd stop at McDonald's on the way home.
That excursion for our daughter's Walt Disney toys really got me thinking about the 90s and how much fun we as kids had on our trips to the Golden Arches, so, without spoiling all my fun memories, here are 5 things I miss about McDonald's of the 90s!

Scorch: The Short Lived Show About a Dragon

Friday, January 15, 2021

Thousands, possibly even millions, of television shows have come and gone throughout the years.  Even today, with hundreds of channels on cable and many different streaming services on-line, most series are lucky to make it to completion of their first season, let alone achieve syndication status after multiple successful seasons.  Most shows don't even make it past the network executive office, let alone get greenlit for production once the pilot episode is filmed.  For some lucky shows, they make it past the boardroom, past the pilot episode, and on to the regular schedule but get cut off after only a handful of episodes. 

That was the case with 1992's "Scorch" which aired on Friday's at 8PM on CBS for all of 3 episodes before being replaced with reruns of "Rescue 911."

"Scorch" is a series I often think about "what could have been."  I really loved that show back in 1992.

Retro Scans: 1981 Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark Wax Pack

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" is one of those movies I just have to watch when it's on AMC or Paramount or whatever channel seems to play all three Indiana Jones movies in a row all weekend long.  As a rule, the first movie is often the best in any series, and it holds true with "Raiders."  

Something about the sequel, "The Temple of Doom," always has bothered me.  I think it was the creepy little boy (girl?) with the voodoo doll.  The whole thing scared me as a kid and is sort of off-putting.  I don't like that there was no Marion and find Short Round to be a pretty annoying side-kick.  I also think it was the weakest of the movies.  

"The Last Crusade" has really grown on me after watching it time and again during these weekend marathons.  Sean Connery is great as Indiana's dad and I really enjoy the return of the Nazi bad guys like in "Raiders" after that weird jaunt to the underground cult in India, or Pakistan, or wherever.  

I won't even mention "Crystal Skull" because, well, if you've seen it... you know why.

Today, we open a pack of 1981 Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark wax pack for your (and mine) enjoyment!  

It even has a piece of 40-year-old gum in it!  

Retro RePost: Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge

Monday, January 11, 2021

My recent post about "Catching the Spirit... on Spirit Airlines" made me think back to the other older commercials and the catchy little jingles that stay with me.  

One of my all-time favorite commercials, The Mount Airy Lodge, was one of my more popular articles from last year.  So, with some new readers finding the site lately, I figured why not make another "Retro RePost!"  

Remember, ♪  "...all you have to bring, is your love of everything... Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge!!" ♪

Commercials of YesterYear: Spirit Airlines

Thursday, January 7, 2021

"Catch the spirit... on Spirit Airlines!"

As a pilot, I don't fly for Spirit.  I've never flown on them and likely never will have a reason to, but if you know anything about air travel, you've heard of Spirit.  Perhaps you've even seen the viral videos on World Star Hip Hop.  Back in the day, though, Spirit was nothing like the no-frills, nickel and dime, budget airline they are today.  

Don't get me wrong, they were certainly an economy class carrier. Still, they had a niche market of leisure destinations in Florida and the Caribbean, primarily from the northeast United States states, for dirt cheap.  Today, they are a national airline with 157 planes and 77 destinations (as of the time of writing.)  

Back when I was growing up there was three commercials that would repeatedly air on FOX 5 (WNYW), UPN 9 (WWOR), and Pix 11 (WPIX).  The first was for "Beautiful" Mount Airy Lodge (which you can read about HERE!!!)  The second was a short-lived budget startup airline called Kiwi International Airlines.  The last was Spirit.

Spirit had fun little commercials that advertised cheap fares to fun-sounding places like Orlando and Las Vegas or the Caribbean with a catchy little jingle that still stays with me today.  Every time I see a Spirit plane, even now in 2021, my mind reaches back to this commercial and its catchy little tune.

Retro Scans: 1992 Saved by the Bell TV Photo Cards Foil Pack

Sunday, January 3, 2021

"Saved by the Bell" was one of my favorite shows growing up.  If you read my recent article that was featured here and over on The Retro Network about "Saved by the Bell" and the disappearance of Kelly and Jessie during the final season (which you can read HERE), then you'd know just how big of a fan I was.  Still am, to be honest.

The New Year brings many things for my wife and I to watch, among them the new release of Saved by the Bell on NBC's new streaming platform called Peacock.  The pilot episode of the new reboot of the series was funny enough to get my wife, and I interested in watching, and we're slowly but surely working our way through it.  

I actually scanned these cards in February of 2020 while waiting for Lauren to go into labor with our daughter and never got around to posting them.  What better way to kick off 2021 than joining in on all of the SBTB nostalgia going on these days than posting them now?!  

Please enjoy these scans without any further ado as we flashback to 1992 and hang out at the Max with the gang from Bayside High with a Saved by the Bell TV Photo Cards Foil Pack.  

Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope 2021 finds everyone well so far.  Here we are on January 2nd and Lauren, the baby, and I find ourselves settling in nicely to the new year.  To be honest, we didn't make it past 10pm on New Year's Eve, but, that's what happens when the baby gets up at 4am for a few days in a row. 

We're in the midst of our annual Breaking Bad binge-watch, and working through the DVR'd episodes from New Year's Eve marathons of "The Twilight Zone" and "The Honeymooner's."  Last night we popped in some old DVD's for a little nostalgia blast from when we were in high school or college, with some fun little movies like "Duece Bigalow," "Along Came Polly," and "Meet the Fockers."  These would never be called classic films but they are certainly fun little films from a time when you could get away with stuff you certainly couldn't any longer.
I was trying to explain to our daughter why New Year's was important and the best thing I could come up with was "hope."  It's hope for a better year than the one before, hope for new beginnings, and hope for health and prosperity.  She's 10 months old so I'm sure she understood my every word.

I've got a lot of pieces I'm working on... irons in the fire, if you will.  Features like some good deep dives into some obscure character actors, a few new entrants into my "Restaurants of Yesteryear" series, and quite a few "Retro Scans."  In fact, a Retro Scan will be going live tomorrow afternoon, so be on the look out!  

With that in mind, I'd like to wish each and every one of you, my dear readers, a healthy and happy New Year!