An iconic TV commercial from 1980s New York
Aside from the Crazy Eddie and Milford Plaza ads that ran constantly on 1970s and 1980s, is there any more iconic New York City commercial than Phil Rizzuto shilling for The Money Store?
“Can you imagine what you could do with $5,000, $10,000, $50,000?” the Yankee shortstop turned announcer bellowed in a series of ads for this national mortgage lender based in New Jersey—ads which seemed to run constantly whether it was baseball season or not.
The commercials were terrible, but Rizzuto was a character, and every New York sports fan knew his face and his voice.
He left the Yankee announcer’s booth in 1996 and died in 2007 at 89.
Luckily YouTube has preserved Rizzuto’s Money Store ads in all their low-budget, 1980s glory.
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