Sunday, November 22, 2015

At Flashbak: George Plimpton, Voice of Mattel's Intellivision

My second Flashbak contribution this week remembered the era of George Plimpton as spokesman for Mattel's Intellivision:

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George Plimpton (1927-2003) was a Renaissance Man in the truest sense of that word. He was an accomplished athlete, a journalist, a literary critic, a musician and even, on occasion, a comedian.
But my generation probably remembers him best for his spell as TV pitch-man for Mattel’s Intellivision.

Starting in 1980, Plimpton appeared in a series of commercials for the brand new game system, Atari’s biggest rival, and his name became synonymous with Intellivision to Gen X kids.  He starred in nearly a dozen such commercials, and in the process compared Atari and Intellivision head-to-head, preached the value of “Intellivoice,” and even shot a commercial with E.T.’s buddy, Elliott (actor Henry Thomas)."

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