Someone sent me this video of a car salesman supposedly working for Ralph Williams, a dealership owner in the Bay Shore area. There are lots of references online to this video. See the google results for a search on "ralph williams bay shore" for example.
The quote going along with this clip is as follows (it was in the email containing the video sent to me, and I found it verbatim elsewhere):
During the late 60's, most television programs and commercials were live. There were no "pre-recorded" programs. There were some obvious problems with this method. No "retakes" and "bloopers" were a regular occurrence.
This is no blooper! This guy was just VERY upset with his boss, and told it like he thought it was. What a great job of ad-libbing. He never misses a beat while the camera man is just about to lose it.
The commercial got on the air... but only once.
We have to assume he quit right after the commercial -- one way or another.
I have an extremely hard time imagining that this ever aired. Can anyone confirm or deny the following:
- This commercial actually aired on TV
- During the late 60's, most television programs and commercials were live