I was raised as a typical 80s latch key kid in Southern California. Needless to say, I watched a lot of television as advertisers were discovering television as a medium to promote commercialism during an era of rampant inflation and Reaganomics.

As I watched Voltron and Scooby Doo, the most memorable commercial jingle of the time was “Pete Ellis Dodge, Long Beach Freeway, Firestone Exit, Southgate.” It haunts me to this very day, “and that’s the truth.” Pete Ellis did really well from these commercials–he eventually founded Autobytel.com.

Cal Worthington also had great commercials in which he came out with a circus animal and was introduced by the announcer as “Cal Worthington and his dog, spot. If you need a car or truck go see Cal.” The commercials also would say “pussy cow” instead of “go see Cal” sometimes to make the commercials more memmorable–it worked. I would hear the jingle and laugh like Beavis and Butthead uncontrollably, “Huh, huh, huh, he said pussy.” Those were the days.

Does anyone else remember these commercials at random as they go about their their daily lives–or is it just me?


  1. I totally remember the Cal Worthington commerical and you just made me laugh out loud with the “pussy cow” comment. People around our age and who lived in our area have to remember this commercial because it was on every five minutes.

    #1 by Lisa — November 25, 2002 @ 5:09 am

  2. I lived in Monterey, California and he guaranteed if you came up he’d buy you a tank of gas. And yes, there was “pussy cow” thrown in there.

    #2 by Faith — June 7, 2004 @ 7:24 am

  3. Does anybody remember what movie had someone watching the “go see Cal” clip on a tv?

    #3 by Dewman — June 23, 2004 @ 1:36 am

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