Happy Birthday Tommy Smothers & A Retro Smothers Commercial

Today is Tommy Smothers' birthday and I'm doing a little Birthday Party salute to him. Tommy, born in 1937, is 71 today.


Tommy was recently presented with an Oscar for - get this - writing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour nearly 40 years after cancellation of the controversial show.

For those of you who don't know, Tommy is a great yo yo expert, so good in fact he's known as the YoYo Man and has produced an instructional video. He has also written a special song for his passion. Here's a video of Tommy and Dick performing the YoYo Man Song with The Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by John Williams, 1980s:

Part One of Tommy's YoYo Man Video:

Part Two:

Part Three:

And, For Retro Commercials Monday, the Smo-Bros did a series of commercials for Magnavox in the late 80s - remember this one for Picture in Picture?

Videos Courtesy of YouTube - Photos from Smothers Brothers.com
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  1. I remember the Smothers Brothers quite well and the yo yo.... I love how you are so knowledgeable about all the retro things. Delightful!

  2. You keep bringing back memories of things I'd long forgotten. Thanks for the memories.

  3. Thanks for stopping by - I'm glad you both enjoyed the Tommy post. So many people don't think about the YoYo Man and I loved that bit!


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