As a teenager, I never understood the reluctance
of my elders to embrace technology.
Newer must be better, right?
“Modern times bring modern conveniences,” that’s what I always
thought. Now that I’m over 40, I
finally understand that it’s just not true!
After all, the finest watches in the world are still wound by hand. Ron Popeil’s finest rotisserie couldn’t hold
a candle to an old fashioned chef prepared meal. The best kitchen knives I’ve ever used were hand forged and sold
to my dear old Aunt Edna back in the mid-50s by a door to door salesman (my
butcher still marvels at them every time I take them in for sharpening).
I have mixed feelings about airplanes. On one hand, it speaks volumes that most of
them were built in the 60s and are still flying strong today. On the other hand, the more modern airline
industry has managed to reduce the quality of service that those planes are
capable of to almost zero. So, I
thought I’d take a walk down memory lane by scanning a few commercials that
reminded me of the “good old days of flying.”
While I was too young to enjoy the fruits of business travel in the 70s,
I often wish I had a time machine just to for the occasion.
We start our tour with a commercial for
Continental that pretty much sums up the modern woes of business travel. Check out this video about taking it all away!
Now we go back in time to 1966 when flying must
have been the “Go Go” bomb! “Are we putting you on?”
Most DC-10 aircraft are being mothballed by
today’s airlines. How many of you knew
that in 1971 the “new” DC-10 was outfitted with a “Friendship
Yes indeed, as recently as the 1980s, you could
order your steak however you liked it!
welcome very much!”
I tossed this commercial in because it was
absolutely hilarious. It’s from Virgin
Atlantic airlines. “If you
wanted to sleep with him…”
Before DC-9 aircraft were falling out of the skies
with that tail elevator problem, they had quite the exhaust profile, to be
sure. Check out this commercial for
Ozark Air “How
about that exhaust?”
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