"Explore Minnesota" March 2011 TV commercial
"Be a friendly Floridian..."
Back when my brain was a little more media-savvy than the other kids the one year I attended Sabal Palm Elementary School in North Miami Beach -1968-'69 Second Grade- the very kids whose parents insisted they have their birthday parties up at Pirates World in Dania instead of over at Greynolds Park or Figaro's Pizza in NMB, or Marcella's Restaurant in North Miami- all iconic spots for my friends and I in NMB, pre-1980 and IU- I knew that cringe-worthy tune sung by Anita Bryant backwards and forwards, because it played SO OFTEN on Miami TV.
Well, you know how irritating and numerous those Bob Seger "Like a Rock" car commercials were on NFL Sundays a few years ago...
The ones that made you cringe at the first note...
Well, like THAT!
Are there any restaurants in Broward County that still use/have paper table place mats with the outline of the Sunshine State on them? It's true, you simply can't put a price on kitsch.
Personally, I always preferred this Florida tourism commercial from over 20 years ago, which many people still remember.
Excerpt from Florida Tourism TV ad - "When You Need It Bad We've Got It Good"
Of course, the real hummable ditty that my friends and I could sing back in '68, a time of really great TV themes, were the lyrics to my favorite show.
If my mother wanted to really threaten me with a punishment, she'd say that I better do as she said or else she wouldn't let me watch NBC-TV's Daniel Boone.
The rippin'est, roarin'est, fightin'est manYes, forthright, loyal and patriotic Daniel Boone, starring Fess Parker as the iconic American frontiersman for whom so many things today in beautiful Kentucky and Kentuckiana are named.
The frontier ever knew!
Yes, Kentuckiana, yet another part of the country that people here in South Florida have no real conception of.
Theme from NBC-TV's Daniel Boone - 'Classic theme'
My problem with the Minnesota tourism ad is the lyrics and... well, even keeping in mind that they threw in "capita," on purpose to be clever and cute, if you're going to do something with unusual words, do it with some style.
Compare that to what the woman who wrote the Daniel Boone theme song almost fifty years ago, Vera Matson -who co-wrote Love Me Tender- came up with the rhyming scheme that produced a tune known by millions of people:
From the coonskin cap on the top of ol' DanNow that's pure genius!
To the heel of his rawhide shoe;
The rippin'est, roarin'est, fightin'est man
The frontier ever knew!
Lyrics and the three different speeds of the song are at: