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#1 Posted on 10.9.13 1314.54
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From a marketing newsletter I follow for work..



    Cal Worthington died yesterday. He was 92.

    KC's View: If you don't know who Cal Worthington was, go check him out on YouTube. He was a legendary car salesman in Southern California who at one point had 29 dealerships as far south as Long Beach and as far north as Anchorage. But even more importantly, he was a canny marketer who understood the power of television and the role that a strong spokesman could play in making a business successful.

    There were two consistent elements in his TV commercials, which have been ubiquitous for decades in the markets he served. One was the jingle:

    If you need a better car, go see Cal
    For the best deal by far, go see Cal
    If you want your payments low
    If you want to save some dough
    Go see Cal
    Go see Cal
    Go see Cal...

    The other was the line that introduced him, before he made his on camera pitch:

    Here's Cal Worthington and his dog, Spot!

    Spot, of course, was never a dog. It could be a hippo, or a monkey, or a lion, or a tiger, or even a skunk. But never a dog.

    Ultimately, what came through was that Cal Worthington was a guy with a sense of humor who would do anything to sell you a car, while somehow avoiding the sleaze factor that attaches itself to so many car salesmen. You know that if you bought a car from Cal Worthington, there was a real guy standing behind it. And despite the hokey commercials, that was immensely important ... and a lesson worth remembering.

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#2 Posted on 10.9.13 1336.28
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I'm kind of surprised at the traction this is getting, as I thought he was just a regional SoCal car dealer.

He goes in my childhood memory bank along side Wally George and Elvira as people I grew up watching on TV while being a little too young understand the... nuance... of their performances.

Pussy cow.
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#3 Posted on 10.9.13 1509.46
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    Originally posted by Leroy
    Pussy cow.
There are plenty of famous mis-heard lyrics, but I have never met ONE PERSON who didnt hear "pussy cow" instead of "go see Cal". I dont think I discovered the truth myself until adulthood.
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#4 Posted on 10.9.13 1643.18
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    Originally posted by Leroy

    I'm kind of surprised at the traction this is getting, as I thought he was just a regional SoCal car dealer.

    He goes in my childhood memory bank along side Wally George and Elvira as people I grew up watching on TV while being a little too young understand the... nuance... of their performances.

    Pussy cow.


He was huge in the Seattle area too when I was growing up. I actually was way,Hong some of his old commercials earlier this year and didn't know he was in the SoCal area as well. Was surprised he was still alive he seemed old then.

Always thought it was Pussy Cal. Glad I'm not totally alone.
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#5 Posted on 11.9.13 0726.54
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I live in NY and hit You Tube to hear the song and sure does sound like "pussy cow". That is hysterical.

If I saw this as a kid, I would have never forgotten it!
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#6 Posted on 11.9.13 1023.36
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Not once did I ever hear "Pussy Cow" until you guys brought it up. THANKS A LOT.

A great showman and a car industry legend.
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#7 Posted on 11.9.13 1147.48
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I always heard pussy cow to. I just showed my wife one of his commercials on you tube because of how awesome they were.
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#8 Posted on 11.9.13 1200.53
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I know what it's supposed to be, but yeah, most of the time it sounds like "pussy cow" to me too.

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