Food of the Seventies, Lays Potato Chips

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The best potato chips, then and now! I don't know when they were created, but their slogan was "Bet ya can't eat just one." True, then and now!
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perri - November 19, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember a commercial for Lays Potato Chips from either the late 70s or early 80s. There were three teenaged boys standing around just eating chips. Each boy was white; and each wore a varsity cardigan with a single letter "K" on it. Did I mention that there were three boys?
Olympianbabe - March 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Yes, perri. I ate the chips, and I still have them in the house.
70's girl - May 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Does any one remember a short-lived lays chip that was cheese flavored? I loved them.
Olympianbabe - March 20, 2010 - Report this comment
They still have cheese-flavored potato chips. Once, when I was 7, I ate an entire can of them and then about an hour later I threw up on the carpet. GROSS!!!! P.S. Don't eat an entire can of chips at once or else you'll barf all over the place like I did. It was so gross that we had to take out the entire carpet.
ilovehorseyrides - February 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I had tomato flavored potato chips at a shindig last Friday. I shared them with my sister and 3 of my cousins (ages 2, 7, and 9). They tasted SO GOOD!!!! Even my cousins and sister agreed!!!! Next time, I'm gonna buy those!!!!
ilovehorseyrides - February 17, 2011 - Report this comment
The chips tasted like a mix of BBQ and pizza flavored chips.
Olympianbabe - February 17, 2011 - Report this comment
That was me. I typed in "ilovehorseyrides"
jade - February 22, 2011 - Report this comment
i am a 8th grader and i am doing a science fair project on lays chips by the way my friend and i wants to know if the guys r hot lol
Olympianbabe - March 17, 2012 - Report this comment
@jade- what does that have to do with chips????
Olympianbabe - March 25, 2014 - Report this comment
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Rob Lambert - September 25, 2015 - Report this comment
Lay's Potato Chips brand goes back to 1932. The Lay Company merged with Frito in 1961 to form Frito-Lay. For classic movie buffs, I found a TV commercial featuring the original Cowardly Lion, Bert Lahr. This aired on "The Munsters" over CBS (10/5/65). Originally from Nashville, Frito-Lay is now based in suburban Dallas.
Rob Lambert - April 21, 2018 - Report this comment
From the prime time TV vault, an earlier commercial for Lay's Chips with the original Cowardly Lion, Bert Lahr (wearing a devil costume), the last one made before his death. This aired on "Malibu U" over ABC (9/1/67), the finale of a short summer musical series. Rick Nelson hosted, after 14 years of working exclusively on the "Ozzie & Harriet" series (his dad, and manager, Ozzie, forbade him to appear on any other TV show before this). Featured were the swimsuit-clad dancers. Australian Robbie Porter provided comic relief in between numbers by varied guest musical bands. Other sponsors were Pepsi, Stri-Dex and Clairol hair brightener.
I♡the80's - April 22, 2018 - Report this comment
Love your comments Rob L... my mom loved Lay's potato chips! She rarely ate "junk food" but she loved Lay's, especially the double folded ones you would accasiondly get. She recently passed away so it is hard to comment...but always thinking of loved ones and our love of food, traditions and memories!
Rob Lambert - April 22, 2018 - Report this comment
Thanks, Ilovethe80's. I'm divided between ordinary Lay's and Ruffles with Ridges.
Rob Lambert - May 17, 2018 - Report this comment
From the prime time TV vault, another Lay's Potato Chip commercial with Bert Lahr. He plays a dual role, as Christopher Columbus and an American Indian. Columbus makes reference to Pilgrims and the Mayflower (130 years futuristic). The American Indian thwarts his claim of discovering Lay's Chips. This aired on "Trials of O'Brien" over CBS (3/4/66). In his first starring role (before Columbo), Peter Falk played O'Brien, an unkempt New York attorney with a strong penchant for gambling (because of this, trial lawyers hated the show), even in court as he defended (mostly) murder suspects. O'Brien's personal life was a shambles, between his job, the racetrack, and doling out alimony to his ex-wife. CBS ran it on Saturday nights, with poor ratings, ending it after a 22-episode season.
Rob Lambert - December 02, 2020 - Report this comment
From the daytime TV vault, another Bert Lahr commercial for Lay's. He plays both George Washington (crossing the Delaware) and a British counterpart, who has confiscated all the Lay's chips. Washington uses diversionary tactics to retrieve his beloved Lay's. This aired during the teen-oriented soap opera, "Never Too Young," on ABC (1/24/66). Other sponsors include Borden's Dutch chocolate milk, Breeze detergent (with free towel inside box), Contac cold capsules and Rice A Roni. Network promos include "Combat!" with Vic Morrow. Also, "Batman" with Neil Hamilton, "Gidget" and "Patty Duke Show." The teen soap, "Never Too Young," was better than most. However, high school kids spent more after-school time in malt shops rather than be glued to the tube. The perception among teens was that soap operas were for stay-at home housewives only, resulting in subpar ratings for "NTY." When "Dark Shadows" took over the 3PM slot, kids were drawn by the occult feel, especially when Barnabas and Quentin made the scene.
I♡the80's - December 04, 2020 - Report this comment
My mom loved Dark Shadows!!! And Lay's original potato chips
Rob Lambert - December 06, 2020 - Report this comment
From the daytime TV vault, another of Bert Lahr's Lay's commercials. He eats a chip, steps into a bathtub and turns on shower. Getting suddenly hungry, he tries reaching for the bag, unsuccessfully. He finally comes out of the tub, wearing a towel like a toga, starts quoting from Julius Caesar. This aired during the teen soap opera, "Never Too Young," on ABC (5/20/66). Sucrets, Snowy Bleach (Phyllis Diller), Peter Paul candies and Colgate also sponsored. Network proms include "Peyton Place." Also, "Long, Hot Summer" with Roy Thinnes. Audio promo for "Where the Action Is" during end credits. Among the "Never Too Young" cast was two other stars. Tommy Rettig (Jo-Jo), formerly on "Lassie." Also, Cindy Carol Sydes (Susan) of "Gidget Goes to Rome." As "Dark Shadows" grew more popular, ad space was tight. Frito Lay could get in maybe two commercials for the entire week. That's when Madison Avenue really was like "Mad Men."
Rob Lambert - January 03, 2021 - Report this comment
From the prime time TV vault, the next series of Lay's commercials made following Bert Lahr's death. These focused on the family, on a picnic in this one, which aired during "Blondie" on CBS (9/26/68). Fritos (Bandito), Hi-C and Johnson Wax also sponsored. Network promo for "Wild, Wild West." This adaptation of Chic Young's comic strip was a ratings failure, lasting only 13 weeks. Patricia Harry was Blondie. Will Hutchins, Dagwood. Jim Backus, Dithers. Peter Robbins, voice of Charlie Brown in early cartoons, Alexander. Pam Ferdin as Cookie. Most agreed that Penny singleton was the true Blondie, from 1938-50 in B pictures, plus a 1957 TV adaptation.
Rob Lambert - October 10, 2021 - Report this comment
From the daytime TV vault, an earlier Lay's commercial which has one kid opening the bag. Six of his "friends" show up and help themselves, leaving the kid with an empty bag. This aired during the teen soap opera, "Never Too Young," on ABC (9/30/65). One-A Day vitamins, Rice A Roni, Nabisco Lorna Doone cookies and Snowy Bleach detergent among other sponsors. Network promos for "Donna Reed Show" and "Where the Action Is." Dick Clark appears with "Action" regular musicians Linda Scott, Keith Allison and Steve Alaimo to promote their show's new air time. Paul Revere and Raiders appear in a separate promo. Ad Council PSA for Red Cross.

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