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Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
Phyllis Diller (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012)

Here's a commercial for Ponderosa Steakhouse featuring Phyllis Diller, who died on this day 7 years ago.

"How Do You Do What You Do?"

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, July 27th 1980.

Ponderosa Steakhouse With Phyllis Diller (Commercial, 1980)

Here's a commercial for Ponderosa Steakhouse featuring Phyllis Diller.

"How Do You Do What You Do?"

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, July 27th 1980.

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They should have replaced "How do you do what you do?" with "How'dya do, how'dya do, how'dya do?" in Phyllis' honor. (Remember "The Pruitts of Southampton"?)
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Thursday, December 3rd 2009 at 4:20pm.

Cool clip Fuzzy. Thanks for posting.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Thursday, December 3rd 2009 at 5:41pm.

Man, those places were good!
They are still in business but they are few and far between.
There used to be one on Washington Street (?) in Waukegan. Now the closest one is on route 76 in Milwaukee (from Lake county).

I remember going to the one on Mannheim Road (route 45) in Franklin Park when I was younger. They were reasonably priced, a nice homey atmosphere, and had friendly staff.

Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Friday, December 4th 2009 at 12:58pm.

For some reason, I have a hard time believing Phyllis Diller would be down at the Ponderosa having the $1.99 special!

And I think it must have been a requirement for early '80s restaurant ads to feature an annoyingly perky waitress looking straight into the camera and talking directly to us.

Comment posted by T.K. on Friday, December 4th 2009 at 1:27pm.

Phyllis Diller was a funny lady and we were fortunate to have had her for 95 years. One article I read said that she was smiling when she passed on. May she rest in peace.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Monday, August 20th 2012 at 7:18pm.

R.I.P. Phyllis Diller...
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Monday, August 20th 2012 at 7:54pm.

We had a Ponderosa down the street when I lived in Hazel Crest and when that closed we either went to the one in Oak Forest or Park Forest. I just went to their website and the closest ones to my house now are in Indiana which leads me to believe both of these were closed.
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Saturday, August 25th 2012 at 12:48am.

I doubt they needed to put her name under her picture. How could the viewer not know Phyllis Diller?
Comment posted by Smctopia on Tuesday, July 26th 2016 at 9:58pm.

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