You have to grow older, but you don't have to grow up...

We're GenX'ers who spent our childhood immersed in the music, movies, games, and pop culture of the 70s, 80s, & 90. GenXGrownUp looks at yesterday and today through the eyes of Gen X'ers who refuse to grow up. "Escape Room" is our 3-part audio drama celebrating Halloween.

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Backtrack: Retired Advertising Icons

Back in the 70s & 80s, nothing sold a product better than a great mascot or spokesperson. Everyone knew Mr. Wipple, Chalie the Tuna, and the Maytag repairman, and they became almost synonymous with the products they represented. We thought that they’d be around forever but times change and many of our beloved characters have been replaced. In this Backtrack we remember some of our favorites and talk about what made them so memorable.

Show Notes

The life and death of Spuds Mackenzie » https://bit.ly/2vpzeGH

Taco Bell liable for 42 million because of the Yo Quiero Dog » https://bit.ly/2SMGGdI

Original Duracell Bunny commercial » https://youtu.be/FNAKgApo72U

And Energizer Bunny takes over » https://youtu.be/qiFQsxGUQOI

How many licks? » https://youtu.be/O6rHeD5x2tI

9 things you didn’t know about Morris the Cat » https://bit.ly/2SbZBcX

Charlie the Tuna » https://youtu.be/4HYOv9Fmt-Q

Exxon Tiger is called back » https://youtu.be/_I7xSLeILyQ

McGruff the Crime Dog safety products » http://www.mcgruff-safe-kids.com/

Punchy (Hawaiian Punch) » https://youtu.be/-LyBBlOkuuA

Snoopy dropped by MetLife » https://youtu.be/GhS8ZG03H1Y

There once was a mascot named Pizza Pete » https://bit.ly/2TWUAGS

The Frito Bandito, the mascot they would like for us to forget » https://allthatsinteresting.com/frito-bandito

Joe Camel Ads » http://www.vintageadbrowser.com/joe-camel-ads

Madge » https://youtu.be/H7BvEldVEHU

Did pop rocks and soda kill Mikey? » https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/pop-rocks-soda/

I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up » https://youtu.be/bQlpDiXPZHQ

I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up memes » https://youtu.be/v1WMQYd6IwE

Where’s The Beef Lady » https://youtu.be/idnwh6iDnXA

Bartles and Jaymes » https://youtu.be/hYdWHK6AA6E

Time To Make The Doughnuts – Fred the Baker » https://youtu.be/sjqUMOdgH5E

Mr. Whipple » https://youtu.be/L50tuag6iRs

Marlboro Man » https://youtu.be/JLvU498Eu1s

Maytag repairman » https://youtu.be/LCfmi5C40D4

Milton the Toaster » https://youtu.be/_L2nodU5pYY

Mr. ZIP » https://youtu.be/Tf71PHyOfR0

Cool Spot » https://youtu.be/hZgwxGl1lUA

The Noid » https://youtu.be/7Gt0uaxf-Uo

Email the show » [email protected]

Visit us on YouTube » http://GenXGrownUp.com/yt

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