This series taught the adolescents of the day all about fiscal responsibility. I know a few adults who could still learn a little something from these -- my swoosh-wearing self included. When you think about it, how out-of-place were these messages on Saturday mornings sandwiched between commercials that practically brainwashed kids into begging for the latest overpriced toys and cartoons that doubled as 30-minute advertisements for video games? While the intentions of these PSAs were good, I'm afraid they were fighting an un-winnable battle in the decade of excess. God Bless the 80s. These clips are dated 1980 and are another creation of Lynn Ahrens and Greengrass Productions. Unlike most of the clips here, these didn't run too deep into the decade. The 1982-83 season is the latest airing I've found. The only thing about watching these again that triggered any kind of memory for me was that weird cash register sound effect at the end. The things we remember... There are almost certainly more 'Dough Nuts' clips out there somewhere waiting to be rediscovered.
1. Mary Mabel Meeker - She was a status symbol seeker. All she cared about was being seen wearing the top-of-the-line labels, no matter the price. It's a shame no one ever told her she could get dirt-cheap clothes featuring all the top 'brand names' courtesy of her local bootlegger down at the flea market.
2. Stanley Slush - Was always rushed. Buying all kinds of stuff he didn't really need without taking time to think about it. Sort of like when I go to Sam's Club and come home with a 10-gallon drum of dog biscuts -- and I don't even have a dog.
3. Gordon Graham Gantz - Specialized in true romance. This wannabe player (or is that playa?) put too much stock in the commercials he saw on the TV in his pursuit of the fairer sex.