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Friday, May 29th, 2015 35 Years Ago Today
Here's an animated commercial for Little Bucky Saving Centers - with a Robin Hood or elf type mascot. Chicagoland locations included 63rd Street and 75th Avenue in Summit, 130th and Western. Besides Chicago, Little Bucky had locations in the Grand Rapids, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin areas. Does anyone remember these stores? What happened to them? This aired on May 30, 1980.
Never heard of Little Bucky Saving Centers!! LOL LOL Comment posted by michiganfan on Tuesday, July 28th 2009 at 11:57am.
They must be long gone. I can't find one mention of them on Google.
I've never heard of them either. Comment posted by TomChiTV on Tuesday, July 28th 2009 at 4:45pm.
I remember their commercials, but I have no idea where the stores were. There wasn't one in any of the areas that I used to be in. Maybe if someone has access to the newspaper ads we could figure it out... Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, July 28th 2009 at 8:40pm.
I lived in Summit. There was a Walgreen's on 63rd Street and 75th Avenue that became a Little Bucky Saving Center. It's now a laundromat. Comment posted by Mos Eisleian Radio on Tuesday, July 28th 2009 at 9:28pm.
Ahh Little Buckys we had one here in the 70's early 80's. Was about 130th & Western. One year at halloween I won a pumpkin full of candy because I was the closest guess on its weight. If I remember right I had 17lbs down.
FYI: They were a drug store in the same vain as Walgreens and Woolworths.
Comment posted by BabyBear on Tuesday, July 28th 2009 at 11:36pm.
I looked like Tom did on Google, the only website that appeared was this page. Which goes to show how interesting the site here is. As "Fuzzy" says, not only is this probably the only place you'd be able to see these commercials and programs, it might be the only place on the internet these former stores and companies are even mentioned at all! Comment posted by afdave on Wednesday, July 29th 2009 at 6:04am.
Besides Chicago, Little Bucky had locations in the Grand Rapids, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin areas. Comment posted by dth1971 on Wednesday, July 29th 2009 at 8:41am.
As far as I know, Little Bucky was basically a supplier of merchandise for independent drug stores. Our small local drug store southwest of Joliet carried Little Bucky-supplied items and distributed sale flyers that were made up by them. I don't know if there were any actual stores named Little Bucky or not. Regardless, I haven't heard about them in decades. Comment posted by mlanoue on Wednesday, July 29th 2009 at 12:24pm.
I don't know about you guys, but I love this ad! Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, July 29th 2009 at 1:27pm.
I remember the Little Bucky TV ads but we didn't have one in my neighborhood or area. we had many Walgreens,Rexall Drugs and Osco's though. Fuzzy,if you run across any of the old Certi-Saver ads,please post. Everyone in the Chicagoland area probably had one Certified Grocers Of Illinois affiliated store in their area. (Singing).."Quality and price and people who are nice/The Super Saver satisfied waaay." LOL! Comment posted by 69TH&STONY on Sunday, August 2nd 2009 at 7:25am.
Interesting, only thing I found via Google was doing a historical Google News search, it shows that they had ads in the Trib in 76 and 80:
Can't beat the million-dollar sound of a jingle performed by the Ron Hicklin Singers. Even after 40 years, "At McDonaaaald's..." still sticks to the brain. It's been so long since a memorable uptempo jingle has been used in a national ad campaign, using one would stand out against all the maudlin and futuristic aural wallpaper used today.
If I'm not mistaken, that's a billboard for Ronrico rum visible through the window at 0:35. Even though no one at home was going to be putting this spot on "pause" in 1975, it surprises me they let that slip into something so tightly produced.
T.K. - You're correct - I hadn't noticed that, but this is the last regular appearance of Frazier Thomas on Family Classics that has yet been found. I don't have the opening for "The Black Swan" but I do have the last half hour or so including the complete ending, some of which you see here. I'll have to give this a proper posting at a later time.
Less than two months before the death of Frazier Thomas... am I right in that this is the latest of his regular appearances to have surfaced so far? (I'm not counting the clips used in the retrospective stories in April.)
The intro music to the car show sounds like it came from this catchy number used on the CHEK-TV Friday Night Movie in 1981. WGN's recording sounds like it came from someone holding a mic up to a record player in their basement, however. I'd love to hear it in full.