Cal Worthington, Worthington Ford, Long Beach, was a real pioneer of early "Quirky" TV car Commercials. He produced some of the most insane, over the top, off the wall antics. Most involved live animals. They were all his own productions and they were memorable. Much like H.B. "Toby" Halicki's Gone In 60 Seconds. Unfortunately neither man got the credit they deserved.
"Go See Cal", "Go See Cal", "Go See Cal"
I can still hear that Dinah jingle in my "gray-matter" juke box as it played on the TV during many of the popular programs on the day. My father had a '55 Chevy pick-up and my mother changed from a DeSoto to an Impala - wonder if they were influenced by the ads?
Another interesting piece of history regarding the Corvette's ties to rockets and aerospace technologies in the 50's is that the early fiberglass processes used in the Corvette were actually developed by Goodyear Aerospace in Akron, Ohio. (https://wingfootstories.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/1953-corvette-bodies-produced-by-goodyear-aerospace... ... note that this article has a typo referring to the 1983 Corvette when it should be the 1953.) Goodyear also helped Ford with the early fiberglass tops for the Ford Thunderbird. My dad worked at Goodyear for 18 years and was an engineering co-op student during this time. This photo is of him holding an early T-bird top during development development.
@JimR - I don't know if that's twisted or not, actually. A part of me just wishes that it was accurate so that quite a few people in public places would still be alive and quite a few VWs belonging to terrorists could just have been bulldozed into holes and covered over.
If I had to list my top 2 it would be the 2011 Corvette and in a solid #1 slot was the Paul Harvey 2013 Dodge Ram Truck describing why God made a Farmer...FANTASIC and makes me want to go buy a Dodge Ram even today 8 years later and to be proud to be an American. We all need another Paul Harvey and that's the rest of that story.
Agreed - I'd probably trust to buy anything that Paul Harvey promoted. Along with Walter Kronkite, Mr. Harvey shaped a lot of my views of things both in America and around the world. And guess what? I already owned a Dodge truck way before that commercial came out!