Archive for the ‘Earth Matters’ Category

Trees are Terrific

Friday, August 13th, 2010

It’s friendly Carly Cardinal, the top hat-wearing bird, talkin’ about trees for the National Arbor Day Foundation. SPOILER ALERT: He likes them. Yes, Carly is a male — voiced by the one and only Jerry Houser, aka Wally Logan, aka the dude who married Marcia Brady… who, ironically, had a brother that once fell off a tree and sprained his ankle. He did not think trees were terrific after that little incident. Funny how the world works sometimes. I hear Carly is still alive and well at the Arbor Day Foundation’s website. Sadly this can’t be confirmed as no one has ever actually visited the Arbor Day Foundation’s website.

A world without trees

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

This powerful PSA about forest fire prevention creeped me out when I stumbled across it on an old tape a few years ago. I can only imagine what my thoughts were if I saw this as a young kid back in the 80s. It’s probably among those scary TV memories I’ve blocked out, like that episode of ‘Punky Brewster’ where Cherie gets locked in that old fridge. Oh great, now I’m going to have nightmares about that again. But I digress. The eerie imagery of the spot really punches you in the gut — the ominous gas masks, the vast lifelessness — It’s one of my favorite PSAs of the 80s because it does such a good job of scaring you into caring about its message. If you’re like me you’ll never touch another match after watching this. In fact, we should gather up all the matches, lighters, etc. and burn them… Oh wait, nevermind.