Friday, November 14, 2008

The Late Great Endorsers

This entry in the Gallery of the Absurd is dedicated to those stars from years gone by, but who have unfortunately passed on.

Here's an image that I had featured in the original Gallery of the Absurd back in the late 1990s. I found this in a grocery bag after I was shopping at Smitty's, a small grocery store chain in West Lafayette, Indiana. I wasn't sure what Red Buttons had to do with groceries, but it intrigued me nonetheless.

Red Buttons: February 5, 1919 - July 13, 2006

Here's another ad I placed in the original Gallery. When I was a kid watching Green Acres, I really had a thing for Eva Gabor. I think I found this ad in a mailer I received when I was in graduate school. The weird thing is that Eva Gabor died in 1995, and that was a couple of years before I found this advertisement. It makes you think, doesn't it?

Eva Gabor: February 11, 1919 – July 4, 1995

Someone sent this to me a few years ago. Here's that lovable drunk, Foster Brooks. I remember him when he was on the Hollywood Squares and other such game shows in the 1970s. It's nice to know he put his celebrity to good use, helping people even before the advent of Viagra.

Foster Brooks: May 11, 1912 – December 20, 2001

And here was an ad that a former Gallery watcher, Alan Peschke, sent me. He found this in a Radio Shack flyer. A Pocket King James Bible...just what you need in that burning ring of fire.

Johnny Cash: February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003

R.I.P. dear celebrities from my youth!

1 comment:

AlanDP said...

Hi Derek, I just found your blog and am giddy with delight!

Alan Peschke

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