You know THAT expression? The expression that’s half “what the heck did you just say?” and half “where’s my gun?”?
Yeah, THAT one.
Those of you who know me well, have probably seen that look reflected in your monitor. Well, I’VE seen that look, on a fellow car passenger’s face.
Allow me to explain. Growing up in Chicago, I got hooked on Star Trek, which ran on one of our local channels, WGN. A regular sponsor was a Ford dealer, Bert Weinman Ford, who used a (locally) iconic spokesman by the name of Linn Burton. Their tag line was “We are open Saturdays, and YES! We ARE open Sundays, at 3535 North (pause) Ashland Avenue. (Chicago had “blue laws” which kept a lot of businesses closed on Sundays, including car dealers. Somehow – and bear in mind, this is in Chicago – Bert Weinman convinced the City to allow him to be open on Sundays.) These commercials would play at least 3 or 4 times during one episode, and I watched Trek for years.
Fast forward to me being in college, riding around in a friend’s car.
You guessed it. The driver drove past Bert Weinman Ford, at 3535 North (pause) Ashland Avenue. And I wigged. I know I giggled at least twice, and I think I may even have squealed. It was just so …. cool, to see the actual place I had heard of for decades. And my buddy’s girlfriend – and my buddy, and the driver – all gave me THAT look. I tried to explain, but just like Star Trek and The Three Stooges, either you get it, or you don’t.
And now you know what I think about, when some local Columbus car dealer’s chintzy jingle goes past. Enjoy!