Food of the Seventies, Tang

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There was grape flavored Tang as well in the early seventies.
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Kim - January 14, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember when they would advertise Tang as the drink of the astronauts. I also remember getting the little plastic moon buggy on one of the jars. If I remember right, grape was not the best tasting, orange was awesome!
Bubbie - December 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember my sister having slumber parties in 1969 and we would have tang and bisquick for breakfast!
Kim- 9/4/09 - September 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Purple tang was the best!!! Do they still even make the orange tang anymore?
Madison - September 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I've been ordering Grape Tang from Amazon for several years now, and it's as good as you remember. Here's a link.
SUE 3-3-10 - March 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Danno - September 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Sue : I believe the Tanglike product was called START... I think the jingle was "The right way to Start your day"
Chomper01 - September 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Tang is still on the market, and can be bought in many supermarkets ( Wal-mart, Food Lion, Giant's, Weis's). Although they still have they refreshing Orange flavor; the two flavors, Grape and Graprfruit, are no longer sold in stores.
Chomper01 - September 05, 2011 - Report this comment
The orange TANG is still sold in stores like Wal - mart, Food Lion, Giant's and Weis's; but the classic flavores of Grape and Grapefruit are no longer sold in stores.
Rob Lambert - October 12, 2011 - Report this comment
DATELINE 1970: In the midst of the moon landing craze,a TV commercial for TANG first aired on Saturday mornings. It featured Ron Dante of The Archies singing a catchy tune called DO THE MOONWALK, and showed kids doing this strange walk.
Sharry - January 20, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember the Saturday morning commercial w/ the alien going to Earth to get orange and grape Tang for a bag of moon rocks. We always had orange Tang for my older brother, and grape for me. Along w/ some Pop Tarts or Cap'n Crunch and it was a nice sugary start to your day!
Rob Lambert - March 07, 2015 - Report this comment
Found the second TV commercial for Tang with the Moonwalk song (sung by Ron Dante/Archies). Several kids are shown, in space suits, Moonwalking against a moon/space backdrop, the Eagle spacecraft in picture. Commercial aired on the "Archie Comedy Hour" from 2/28/70, CBS-TV.
Lisa Winston - March 26, 2015 - Report this comment
To Ron Lambert, do you have a video of that commercial? Or do you know where I could find it online?
Rob Lambert - March 26, 2015 - Report this comment
Lisa: The Tang commercial I mentioned on March 7, I saw on a stream, searching different sites for any Saturday morning memorabilia. I only saw it once, then moved on. It appeared to be on old film. The cartoon funhouse from the Archie show appeared a moment, then went black. It was a weird moment, like I was in second grade again, watching it. I had scanned nearly three dozen sites in the process, I forgot which one the commercial was on. However, I do have, obtained through a private collector, the complete "Heckle & Jeckle" cartoon show from 1/31/70, with the first Tang/Moonwalk ad. The kids are shown, in ordinary clothes, moonwalking on a grassy surface. Ron Dante/Archies sing the jingle. There are private collectors who obtain old TV shows on film (kinescopes) with original network commercials, which are in public domain. Shows are reproduced on VHS or DVD and sold. I am only a collector, not a seller. Unfortunately, YouTube does not have these, and I don't have equipment to do it. Sorry.
Rob Lambert - April 14, 2015 - Report this comment
To Lisa, from earlier: YouTube now has the audio of Ron Dante's "Do the Moonwalk" commercial tune from the short series of ads featuring it. When you go to YouTube, type in: Tang Do The Moonwalk Audio Only. There are other post-Apollo 11 Tang commercials on the Tube, but none with a video version with the Dante tune. The audio link has a picture of the Archies band.
Lisa Winston - October 07, 2015 - Report this comment
To Rob Lambert, do you know where I could get that heckle/jeckle cartoon with the tang/moonwalk video on it? Or is there some way you could copy it for me from what you have? name your price. I have seen the audio only of the jingle by ron dante and the archies cartoon back drop. but the audio without the video is such a tease.
Rob Lambert - October 07, 2015 - Report this comment
Lisa: It has been several years since I dealt with these gentlemen, but I'll share their mailing addresses with you. These are private collectors of vintage television shows, and also sell them via two-hour DVD or VHS. They do not have e-mail addresses to my knowledge, so you must use snail-mail, I'm afraid. First contact is: Rare Vintage Television, Peter A. Lind, P.O. Box 4211, Muskegon Heights, MI, 49444. He's got a huge catalog with hundreds of old TV shows. Catalog was $25 when I got it 12 years ago. Second contact: D.C. Hollis, P.O. Box 65, Mt. Tabor, NJ, 07878. His catalog is only five dollars postpaid. The exact title of the show is: Heckle & Jeckle, McDougal's Rest Farm (name of the 1950 cartoon show starts with). Both of these men charged $20 for two hours of shows per tape or disc, but they may have raised their prices since then. Disclaimer: All Tv shows they offer are believed to be in public domain, and are intended for private home use, not for broadcast purposes. I got that Heckle & Jeckle/Tang show from Lind. Good luck!
Rob Lambert - October 08, 2015 - Report this comment
A few more notes for Lisa W.: The two vintage TV collectors I referred you to provide great service. I've had no issues with either. An unusual hobby like this can be addictive. You look through the catalogs, find lots of old TV shows you want to get...and at $20 or more per video, cost adds up. Pete Lind's catalog is very detailed, he tells you what shows are included in each video. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you have any. Along with Saturday cartoon shows, there are old sitcoms, westerns, detective shows, etc. Let me know how things turn out.
Rob Lambert - October 10, 2015 - Report this comment
To Lisa W.: I found Dan Hollis's video catalog. He's got three "Heckle & Jeckle" network cartoon shows available, but does not specify if the one with that Tang commercial is among them. I only own a simple DVD player without "burning" capability, so I cannot transfer it for you. Your best bet (to get the commercial to you the fastest, depends on what part of the country you're in) is to contact Peter Lind. He has the formatted video with your show in it. For fastest service, maybe send him a money order for $30 along with your letter of request. That should cover the DVD cost and shipping. He usually ships insured priority mail. I'd recommend getting a postal money order. That way, if something should go wrong, tracking it may be easier. Ask for Saturday Morning Cartoons Tape #44. If you want to go wwith Hollis, ask for the three "Heckle & Jeckle" shows with original commercials, plus one more 30-minute program of your choice (I'd suggest the "Pink Panther" show with 1969 commercials). Send him a $30 money order. As I mentioned, I have had no contact with either in several years, so it is a gamble. I've provided the info you need. It's up to you how you want to handle it.
Lisa Winston - October 18, 2015 - Report this comment
To Rob. God bless you!! I'll get right on this and let you know how it goes!
Lisa Winston - November 05, 2015 - Report this comment
To Rob Lambert, Rob you have truly been used by the Lord to provide an answer to a prayer that I have been saying for 40 years. I sent 30 dollars to Peter Lind and received the DVD with Heckle and Jeckle, and other cartoons and commercials that I loved so much in the years 1966 to the mid 70s. I hope something really wonderful happens for you and Peter Lind. When I saw the Tang commercial, it was just as I remembered it from 1970. And it made me just as happy to see it again as I hoped it would. You see, I was raised by a single mother who was very loving, but very poor. So there was not a lot of entertainment she could provide for us beyond television. Always enough of her delicious cooking, but no luxuries, like a car or a place to live with more than one bedroom. But plenty of love and intellectual intensity. And love of God. Therefore, so much of my worldly filter and self-concept were experienced via TV and radio. Seeing this commercial again helps me to re-live all the good feelings I got by watching it, and doing the moonwalk at home with my sister..and how she so patiently put up with my talking about it all the time. And Rob, you are so right. It will be a new addiction for me. I am going to order more DVDs from Peter when I get paid next!! I hope you have all the people and things you deserve to give you a wonderful life! Warmest regards. Can't thank you enough for all the time you took to make a dream come true for me.
Rob Lambert - November 06, 2015 - Report this comment
Lisa: I'm glad it worked out for you. It's a good chunk of money to spend for that 30-second commercial, but it was the only way. None of the retail-sale TV videos have it. that commercial was a real needle in a haystack. Have fun in your new hobby!
Lisa Winston - November 28, 2015 - Report this comment
To Rob Lambert--Happy holidays to you Rob. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!
Rob Lambert - November 28, 2015 - Report this comment
Lisa: I had a splendid Thanksgiving, and happy holidays to you, also! Thank you.
Rob lambert - December 01, 2015 - Report this comment
General Foods first introduced Tang orange mix in 1959. Starting with Project Mercury in 1962, Tang was the drink of choice within NASA. During its original prime-time run (1960-62), the "Bugs Bunny Show" (ABC-TV) had commercials with the Looney Tune characters. Wanton use of guns in these ads were accepted as slapstick humor in the day. Today, out of the question. Tang ads disappeared from "Bugs Bunny" when ABC moved it to Saturday mornings, with Kool Aid as the primary GF sponsor (along with Mattel Toys). In two early commercials, Daffy Duck, with a rifle (1961); and Yosemite Sam, with six-shooters (1961), trying to force Bugs Bunny to give them free Tang.
Lisa Winston - December 11, 2015 - Report this comment
In addition to the gratuitous violence, do you remember how politically incorrect the cartoons use to be: Caveman Inky; SoHi?
Rob Lambert - December 11, 2015 - Report this comment
Yes, Lisa. there were many examples. So-Hi (Post Rice Krinkles) was a blatant stereotype, with the overdone dialect. Here's another example for you: When CBS aired the "Tom & Jerry" show (1965-72), older theatrical cartoons were shown. Particularly, with the Afro-American maid. CBS "cleaned" this stereotype by dubbing her voice to sound Irish, hoping not to offend blacks. I tell you, Lisa, political correctness did not exist then. The TV networks were more concerned with not offending the President than any ethnic group. Good point. You'll find some old, complete "Tom & Jerry" shows in Peter Lind's video catalog.
Rob Lambert - December 15, 2015 - Report this comment
From the Prime time cartoon vault, one of the last Tang TV commercials with Looney Tune characters. In this one, Elmer Fudd (voiced by Hal Smith) sends Bugs Bunny off into space in a rocket ship, to keep Bugs from swiping his Tang. Bugs lands on the fictional planet of Tangril-A, where he gets all the Tang he wants. This aired on the "Bugs Bunny Show" over ABC in April, 1962. The Monday prime spot would soon be replaced by "Matty's (Mattel) Funnies" with Beany & Cecil, and "Bugs Bunny" moved to Saturday mornings, where the show remained (in different lengths and formats) until 2000, on ABC or CBS.
Lisa Winston - December 23, 2015 - Report this comment
I wish there was some way I could convey the background music that was always played in TV shows, cartoons and commercials whenever an asian or native american character entered a scene. You'd recognize it the second you heard it. Rob, I don't know how old you are, but on the academy awards in 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather was booed for refusing best actor award for Marlon Brando. He refused it because of the way the Native American persona is so stereotypically (sp.) buffooned. I admired Ms. Littlefeather so much that I named my daughter Sacheen. By the way, I got Peter Lind's catalog, and can't wait to order more videos! Some may even have the Tang (moonwalk) commercial too. I have him on the hunt for a certain Smothers Brothers show I used to watch. Hope you have a blessed and merry Christmas!!
Rob Lambert - December 23, 2015 - Report this comment
Lisa: I was only eleven years old when the 1973 Oscars took place, I didn't watch it. Pete Lind has two Smothers Brothers episodes from 1967 (B&W kinescopes) and two from 1968 with Beatle music segments. Most have original commercials. Pat Paulsen appears in most of these (mock presidential campaign). That's a touching story, of how Native Americans were snubbed by many then, rightfully admired by others. Merry Christmas, my friend!
Lisa Winston - January 02, 2016 - Report this comment
Hey Rob! Christmas was so much fun with my family! It was over too fast. My job now is to remember to write 2016 instead of 2015. Those Pat Paulsen campaigns we so funny!! Professor Irwin Corey was another great commedian. How was your Christmas? Love the holidays, but still glad when they're over for another year.
Rob Lambert - January 02, 2016 - Report this comment
Happy New Year, Lisa! Everything went well, and I agree, glad it's over for another year. More on Pat Paulsen: As crafty as he was with the mock editorials and campaign, CBS still felt compelled to censor. Although Tom Smothers fought the network tooth-and-nail over censorship (brother Dick had little to do with this, though he supported Tom less conspicuously), CBS felt censoring was necessary to protect President Johnson (on his Vietnam War policies) from any negative opinions. After the 1968 election, Paulsen left the Brothers Smothers series as a regular. In a 1969 episode, he did a cameo as a street sweeper in a skit titled Lady Godiva. Remember to drink your Energy Tang, Space Gang!
Lisa Winston - January 12, 2016 - Report this comment
"more vitamin c than orange juice." i remember tom smothers' fight with the network over censorship. But did Paulsen leave the show because Tom Smothers wasn't winning the battle? Or was it for a different reason?
Rob Lambert - January 12, 2016 - Report this comment
Hi, Lisa! Pat Paulsen left the Smothers Brothers on his own accord. Tom Smothers used Paulsen's mock campaign as a weapon against network censorship. After the election, the novelty became moot. While always having been a close friend of the Brothers Smothers, Paulsen moved on. He became a regular on the "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" in 1969. After that series ended, Paulsen had his own (short-lived) show, eventually rejoining the Smothers in 1970 for a summer replacement show. Paulsen died in 1997, age 69. Drink your energy Tang, gang!
Lisa - January 12, 2016 - Report this comment
Thanks Rob for the info..I just LOVE how "Tang" is a euphemism for "you-know-what"!
blue4eden - April 13, 2016 - Report this comment
I still buy Tang for my husband that can't drink OJ, too acidity. I don't care for it but that is the only way he can get his vitamins down.
UncleBobo - February 15, 2017 - Report this comment
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Rob Lambert - February 03, 2018 - Report this comment
On the Chicago scene: A radio commercial for Tang with Ron Dante/Archies. This one's a full minute. The same tune as "Do the Moonwalk' (TV), but slower, and with different lyrics. Announcer reads promo from script. Slogan is: "For spacemen and Earth families, energy Tang." This aired on WCFL in May, 1970. DJ was Dick Biondi in early afternoon.
Rob Lambert - June 15, 2018 - Report this comment
From the prime time TV vault, a commercial spotlighting the Gemini Space Project. Comparisons are shown between how astronauts and kids at home drink Tang. This aired on the "Smothers Brothers" show over CBS (4/1/66). Not the cutting-edge Comedy Hour, but a 30-minute, B&W sitcom, with Tom as a novice angel (after drowning), and brother Dick as a low-echelon executive at a magazine publisher run by Roland Winters. Original sponsors, Alberto-Culver (VO-5) and American Tobacco, dropped out midseason (ratings not great). General Foods and Union Carbide replaced them for rest of series. Two years down the road, Tom would mastermind Pat Paulsen's farcical run for the White House, while Dick focused his attention on stock car racing. The original sitcom was a Four Star Films production.
Rob Lambert - August 22, 2018 - Report this comment
On the Chicago scene. On WCFL Big 10 radio, a 30-second version of the Tang commercial with The Archies (no announcer script). This aired in June, 1970 with a DJ using the air name Robert E. Lee (midday shift). Throughout the country, disc jockeys with un-hip real names used this. Even in 1970, it seemed off-the-wall to name yourself after the Confederate army general (others actually used Jefferson Davis). Lee's show was nestled between Clark Weber (mornings) and Dick Biondi (early P.M.) on this top-ten station. Bobby Sherman's "Hey, Mister Sun" and Neil Diamond's "Sulemon" were often played.

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