It's time for a little endorsement-based nostalgia in Double Dribble, no?
As a tribute to some terrific acting, we'll bring you back in time once a week with some of the great endorsements and commercials in history.
Leading off "Retro spot" is Wilt Chamberlain in a 1966 ad for the Volkswagen Beetle. Chamberlain's appearance is peculiar for several reasons:
First, does VW using a 7-footer that can't fit into its Beetle make any sense?
Second, Wilt's grunting sound effects over a series of still images while he tries to get into the car is both bizarre and hystrical, ending him huffing, "Oh, man!"
Finally, the brief cameo of Bill Cunningham. Volkswagen seemed to trust so little in his acting chops that they had him sprint, back to the camera, jump in the car, and immediately drive away. No lines, no face time, nothing.
For your enjoyment:
Share links to your favorite old school commercials below. We might feature one next week.