I have officially sent my request for free information back in time 25 years to the address at the end of a Just Say No PSA. I now keep constant vigil by the mailbox for precious information that may never come. Will I get a response? Stay tuned…
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Very tense, dramatic 30 seconds of TV here. I must say, as far as PSAs go, there is some superb, superb acting going on here. I don’t know if they give Emmys for PSAs, but the ensemble from this spot would certainly have a table at the banquet if I were running the show, a couple of rows back from Crying Indian That Was Really an Italian Guy. Or maybe I’m just overreacting and stretching to fill up space when I really don’t have anything relevant to say. Who cares. Anyway, this is a spot from the Just Say No campaign which was chartered by 80s First Lady Nancy Reagan. I wonder if you can still get free information by writing to that address at the end. I think I’ll try it. Stay tuned, my four readers for the exciting results. I mean three readers, I forgot Aunt Agnes’ motherboard got fried.
This is one of the most fondly remembered spots from my many, many childhood hours in front of the ol’ tube. The California Attorney General’s Office and your local Rotary Club certainly spared no expense in making sure every young couch potato knew they had the right to say ‘no’ with this Broadway show disguised as a public service announcement. From glow-in-the-dark heroin needles and faux pop stars to a posse of random — and very colorful — street dancers who apparently possess some level of Jedi powers, this spot had it all. Such an extravagant anti-drug production perfectly captures the essence of the ‘Decade of Excess.’ On a tragic note, the star of this PSA went on to die from head injuries sustained in a skateboarding accident. I guess she never saw the ‘Always Wear a Helmet’ PSA. Or maybe she thought that big hair was protection enough.
And so begins our mission to keep the valuable lessons 1980s TV taught us alive and well for future generations. Listen to the 80s, kids. This is perhaps the most memorable PSA the decade gave us — not to mention the inspiration for our rad header — therefore it’s the perfect video to kick off the site: The ol’ frying egg/brain spot. Several variations of this ad were broadcast over the years — most notably Rachael Leigh Cook going nuts with the frying pan in the 90s — and the concept was parodied in pretty much every way possible.