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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Green Bay Packers’
Posted: February 26th, 2014

got milkMy boys fought over that 1998 Super Bowl poster at left of John Elway of the Denver Broncos and Reggie White of the Green Bay Packers. When the boys shared a room, it had a place of reverence on one wall. They moved into rooms of their own, and it eventually went to the youngest. FYI — the Packers lost the battle memorialized in this poster — after winning the Super Bowl title in 1997. White died in 2004 — that made the poster all the more important to my youngest — a legendary Packer fan.

The “Got Milk?” campaign dates back to 1993, and it is iconic. According to a Time Magazine article, the whole thing started with the California Milk Processor Board and ad agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. The article quotes Jeff Goodby, co-chairman of the agency. “We discovered there was a certain kind of irreplaceability to milk that I think is what made the campaign work. We did a focus group where a woman said, ‘The only time I notice milk is when I run out of it.’”

From there, “Got Milk” took off with a national campaign from Lowe Campbell Ewald with countless celebrities milking the fame with mustaches. Taylor Swift, David Beckham, Elton John, Heidi Klum, Ron Howard, Shaq, Michael Jackson, athletes from every sport you can think of … and oh Batman and Superman. Here’s a link to some of the photos of celebs who donned a ‘stache for “Got Milk?”

Everyone recognized the campaign, but it had one problem — for all the $$ spent, milk drinking is still declining — a trend that started in the 1970s, according to the Time article.

You can see the new campaign “Milk Life” here.  It points out milk’s 8 grams of protein. It will be interesting. An Ad Age article notes that Silk Milk sales have increased by more than 9 percent in the past year. The Ad Age article also shared the memorable “Aaron Burr” Got Milk? commercial from the 1990s.

I’ll miss “Got Milk?” How about you?

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: February 13th, 2013

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It’s always fun to discover what your kids remember about toddlerdom once they hit adulthood.

When my youngest child, Ryan Eckert, turned 21 yesterday, we talked about all the crazy things he did as a tot. He’d had hernia surgery when he was barely a preschooler, and he remembered how we tried everything to keep him inactive and entertained. He mentioned the “Bananas” show. I had completely forgotten that one. It was “Bananas in Pajamas” — they kind of looked life-sized bananas in prison gear,  but it was in syndication for years when he was a tot. If you click right here, it takes you to an interactive website. The show had Australian roots.

These big bananas had clever names B1 and B2. With Australian accents, they often had some adventures with teddy bears. I don’t remember the a-peel with a lot of jokes about peels or anything, but it did hold his attention. It was really simple — a lot like Gumby, one of my favorites. It was always on at a naptime.

Gumby had a long reign on Nickelodeon — it was primitive clay figure animation. The funny Blockheads — the goofs who always got in trouble — were the bad guys that Gumby coped with along with his horse Pokey, and dog, Nopey.

Ryan also recalled watching Ch-Ch-Ch Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers – the pair of chipmunks he met at Disneyworld. He was even a fan of Barney before his older brother and sister poisoned him on that poor purple dinosaur.

Well, there he is (above) at age 3 or 4 — he wore a Green Bay Packers jersey every year for picture day — and refused to open his mouth for a smile.

Here he is with me sharing an adult beverage — a legal one.  Wow, what I wouldn’t give for a few more moments of time with a baby who watched Bananas in PajamasGumby and danced down the stairs singing and dancing to Barney’s “Special, Special — everyone is special.”  Sigh.

Ryan turns 21
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2013

49ersIt’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I grew up loving football with my dad Walt Strosser, a legendary high school football coach. My hubby is an assistant football coach and all five boys in this blended family played the game.

My oldest has been a San Francisco 49er fan since he was a tot. We’ve been to San Diego — but not San Francsco, and today our hearts are close to San Francisco — hoping for a win over the Baltimore Ravens.

My son has had a 49ers baseball cap every year that I can remember. They aren’t easy to find around here. He started as a fan in the glory years of Jerry Rice and Steve Young.  He lives in Virginia, and I know his girlfriend has already taken care of the hat for this year.

One of my daughter’s friends loves the team too. It’s kind of in the family — except for my youngest’s love of Green Bay Packers — but even he is rooting for San Francisco today.

I don’t know much about the players for either team in today’s game. But I do know the coaches are brothers. That in itself is an interesting story.

Tony Bennett, will hopefully sing “I left my heart in San Francisco” at some point during today’s festivities. If not, watch the video of a 1960s version here. And here’s his 1982 version on Johnny Carson. It’s associated more with the San Francisco Giants than the Niners, but who doesn’t love Tony Bennett? He first sang the song in 1961.

Good luck to both teams, and Go Niners!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  Her oldest son has been a San Francisco 49er fan for more than 20 years. 

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Posted: September 27th, 2012

The real NFL refs return to work tonight – read about it here. They struck a deal overnight, and fans are overjoyed. My son is a Green Bay Packer fan, so that puts it all in perspective around here. But we have to thank the replacement refs for the memories. Here are just a few of the parodies, mockery and laugh- out-loud funnies that entertained us all in the past few weeks.

From South Park last night — read the synopsis of the Sarcastaball episode here. As always, South Park is not PG, so this is not for the kids.

Here’s a story about one of the replacement refs who was fired as a ref from the Lingerie League — who knew there was a Lingerie League?

And of course the spoof on the song “Call it Maybe” has hilarious lyrics and video. See it here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

 

 

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Posted: June 20th, 2012

This is an old, out-of-focus picture of my boys, Ryan Eckert, at left, and Howie Eckert, at right. And that’s me behind them — the Christmas tree is behind me. Yes they have matching shirts (my daughter Kelly bought them), but when it comes to sports — they disagree on matching up teams.

We have had legendary battles between the Green Bay Packers (Ryan) and San Francisco 49ers (Howie). Howie assured me this Miami Heat versus Oklahoma City Thunder will not reach that proportion. Only because it will all be over pretty quickly — unlike football season which begins in August and ends in January, or is February? They have been watching the NBA Finals together, and it brings back a lot of memories for me. This is the first time they have lived together for a long time, and it’s right here at home.

Hoops has always brought my kids together. They’ve played together and watched one another play since they were tots. They all played in the driveway, in grade school, at MYAA, Lakewood Park, in basketball camps, middle school, high school, and a game still gets going in front of the house on occasion.

If your kids play, enjoy every minute.

Pam Parker, mom of three and stepmom of three,  is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: September 11th, 2011

With all the sports this past week, and with today’s date etched tragically in history, it’s a day to credit teamwork. I watched the Green Bay Packers fend off the the New Orleans Saints.
In tennis, Novak Djokovic appeared to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat at U.S. Open Tennis tournament just outside NYC. Not looking his best, Djokovic battled Roger Federer through five sets for comeback that was truly inspiring. It looked like it was over at one point. Federer was one point from victory, but one shot by Djokovic inspired that wild NYC crowd. Djokovic won four games in a row and heads into the finals on Monday.
Every family is a team, and our family is teaming up today on just finding time to get together and break away from all the hectic schedules of work and school. Go team go.