Thursday, May 1, 2014

1979: O.J. Simpson's 'third leg' sells boots in Playboy #TBT

When I was scanning an old NORML ad for today's Osocio post, I stumbled across this bizarre pre-Photoshop ad for Dingo Boots.

The copy, "the man's all legs" refers to the fact that then (as now) he held the record for the highest single season yards-per-game average in the NFL. But considering this ad was placed in a 1979 Playboy magazine, you have to wonder if the old "third leg" pun was in play.

People younger than me, who only know OJ Simpson from his murder trial, may not realize what a huge deal this man was in the '70s. I still have my original copy of The Book Of Lists that gives the results of an August, 1976, Ladies' Home Journal poll of children's "Top 10 Heroes And Heroines."

Here are the results:

1. O.J. Simpson

2. Neil Armstrong     
3. Robert Redford
4. Elton John
5. Billie Jean King
6. Mary Tyler Moore
7. John Wayne
8. Chris Evert
9. Katherine Hepburn
10. Henry Kissinger


1. O.J. Simpson
2. Elton John
3. John Wayne
4. Chris Evert
5. Neil Armstrong
6. Joe Namath
7. Henry Kissinger
8. Robert Redford
9. Gerald Ford
10. Mary Tyler Moore

Times sure have changed.

Thanks to Kerry for the ad

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