Today I was showing my wife one of the classic commercials from my childhood (and yes, I am dating myself here): the 1975 ad for the Chrysler Cordoba, starring the wonderful Ricardo Montalban and his rolling Spanish accent. His reference to “soft Corinthian leather” — which he apparently ad libbed during the filming — became a catch phrase embedded into American culture and forever associated with that car.
It’s fun to watch the ad now, especially the part where Montalban calls it “this small Chrysler.” The thing is huge! He’d never be able to park it in Portugal.
(Note: very bad video and sound quality.)
This was also most of middle America’s introduction to Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
Then my wife was reminded of one of the catchy commercials from her childhood, featuring Bic pens. The clear pens (crystal) had a normal point, while the orange pens (laranja) had a fine (fina) point. She sang the jingle, which made me laugh, and then we hunted it up on the web. So here, for the benefit of my Portuguese readers, is a piece of your youth:
I can see why it was a classic! Now it’s stuck in my head, too. “Bic, bic, bicbicbic…”