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05 December 2012 @ 09:50 pm
4 sound bites from 1972: Planned Parenthood, IRS computers, air pollution, and The Godfather  

Originally published at Scott Edelman. Please leave any comments there.

After having shared with you two self-serving snippets from the April 2, 1972 episode of the Malachy McCourt radio show on which I was a guest, I feel I should present you with some excerpts that are a little more public-spirited—so here are three commercials and a news report, all with an old timey feel that makes them of much more general interest.

First up, an odd Planned Parenthood ad—odd because, until the song which takes up most of the airtime finishes playing, I had no idea what the ad was even about.

Next, a news report which attempts to put a scare into taxpayers by warning that computers were being used by the IRS to catch cheaters.

Then, a call for volunteers—or “street organizers”—to help track air pollution on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

And finally, an ad for The Godfather, which had only opened two weeks earlier. This one’s interesting not just for the way the film is described, but because of how few New York theaters were playing the picture. If released today, it would have opened everywhere

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did.

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