December 30, 2002

pussy cow

pussy cow

As a child growing up in Southern California, and being a child of the 80's, I was bombarded with commercials, both from television and local radio. I was known, I've been told, for memorizing the jingles to more than my fair share of ads. An advertising coupe that was undoubtedly embedded into my psyche was the one brought about by "Cal Worthington and his dog, Spot"!

The problem with his ads was not me knowing that, if I ever needed a car or truck, I'd "go see Cal". I suppose I understood that in a way, but what I heard in those ads was, "If you need a car or truck, pussy cow!" Sure, it was weird, in retrospect, that I, for years, believed these to be the true lyrics to this famous jingle, but at the time (from about age 4 through, oh, I think it only dawned on me a few years ago that it wasn't "pussy cow"), it seemed perfectly logical.

Cal always had various types of odd animals in his commercials - bears, I think there was a tiger in there once, etc. - so it seemed fair that maybe there was a freakish "pussy cow" - some sort of large cat/bovine hybrid that he got from some traveling circus... in any case, some child-like part of me probably died upon learning that the true lyric was "go see Cal", and not my fond remembrance of it. Oh well.

Y'all feel free to check out an archive of some of the old Cal Worthington spots down over here. Thanks to Sharpeworld.com for the memory jarring, and the link.


posted by julie at December 30, 2002 05:00 PM


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