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

We're Generation X'ers who spent our childhood immersed in the music, movies, games, and pop culture of the 70s, 80s, & 90s, and all that stuff shaped who we are today as adults. GenXGrownUp looks at yesterday and today through the eyes of Gen X'ers who refuse to grow up.

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Back in the 70s & 80s, nothing sold a product better than a great mascot or spokesperson. Everyone knew Mr. Whipple, Charlie 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.

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  • Show NotesThe life and death of Spuds Mackenzie »
  • Taco Bell liable for 42 million because of the Yo Quiero Dog »
  • Original Duracell Bunny commercial »
  • And Energizer Bunny takes over »
  • How many licks? »
  • 9 things you didn’t know about Morris the Cat »
  • Charlie the Tuna »
  • Exxon Tiger is called back »
  • McGruff the Crime Dog safety products »
  • Punchy (Hawaiian Punch) »
  • Snoopy dropped by MetLife »
  • There once was a mascot named Pizza Pete »
  • The Frito Bandito, the mascot they would like for us to forget »
  • Joe Camel Ads »
  • Madge »
  • Did pop rocks and soda kill Mikey? »
  • I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up »
  • I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up memes »
  • Where’s The Beef Lady »
  • Bartles and Jaymes »
  • Time To Make The Doughnuts – Fred the Baker »
  • Mr. Whipple »
  • Marlboro Man »
  • Maytag repairman »
  • Milton the Toaster »
  • Mr. ZIP »
  • Cool Spot »
  • The Noid »
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