Tripartisonship; Market Making & Stepping in Front

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Fri May 25 21:20:19 UTC 2001


I glad there are other people who remember important stuff like this, even
though some of us (i.e., me) are a little hazy on the details.
That the commercial was for alka-seltzer, as you and Rima point out is
starting to sound familiar to me now.
Barry could be right that is ultimate source is Abbott and Costello.

maberry at

On Fri, 25 May 2001, Peter A. McGraw wrote:

> I remember the commercial.  I don't remember the prop falling apart, but I
> do remember that it was for Alka-Selzer or some similar remedy.  The "plot"
> was the filming of an ostensible spaghetti commercial, and with retake
> after retake, each of which called for him to sample the spaghetti and
> exclaim, "Mama mia, 'atsa some spicy meatball," the man looked and acted
> progressively sicker.  I think late 60s seems a bit too early--more like
> 70s or 80s.  I THINK it was after the famous "I can't believe I ate that
> whole thing" and "Try it, you'll like it" commercials.
> Peter Mc.
> --On Friday, May 25, 2001 11:13 AM -0700 "A. Maberry"
> <maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU> wrote:
> > On Fri, 25 May 2001 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> >>
> >> THAT'S A SPICY MEATBALL--My friend says that this catchphrase comes from
> >> a
> >   character on the old Abbott & Costello show.
> >
> > That might be. I also remember a sort of off-the-wall commercial for some
> > canned spaghetti and meatballs the plot of which was that the  "star" is
> > an actor playing an Italian guy  making a commerical for spaghetti
> > and trying, unsuccessfully to say the phrase "At'sa spicy meatball". When
> > he finally does say it correctly, some other prop like the stove in the
> > background falls apart. Late 1960s early 1970s?
> >
> > allen
> > maberry at
> ****************************************************************************
>                                Peter A. McGraw
>                    Linfield College   *   McMinnville, OR
>                             pmcgraw at

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