30+ Years Ago: Friends With Cameras

Click, click, click. Shooting photos is no big deal today. The incremental cost is zero. That wasn’t the case in the early 80s. There was film in the camera. You paid for that.

Beside the cost you never knew good or bad until the film was processed. You paid for that too.

Tonight my email brought these two actual film photos from August 25, 1981. My camera toting, film buying, friend was Jon Wolfert. Jon is King of Jingles. The Wolferts own JAM Creative Productions&#185 in Dallas.

The two shots below were taken in the WGR-TV parking lot on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. I’m standing with my PM Magazine/Buffalo co-host, Jan Stager.

It was Sunny in Buffalo. Surprised? It’s true. Summer’s in Buffalo are bathed in sunlight. They make up for it starting around Halloween when the Sun disappears for the next 5&#189 months.

Thanks Jon. What a cool surprise to receive on this chilly mid-winter’s night, even though it was half a lifetime, forty pounds and one awful hairstyle ago!

&#185 – If you’ve never seen a jingle being sung and played, watch this. You will be astounded!

3 thoughts on “30+ Years Ago: Friends With Cameras”

  1. Loved the pictures, Geoff. And I’m glad you shared the clip from Jam Productions. seeing what went into the jingle creation and then hearing it all together – GOOSE BUMPS!

    1. Yes, Lou. Jon’s making of a WABC jingle is an amazing 4&#189 minutes of video.

      He’s a great producer and we’ve all heard his work thousands of times. All the players are tightly on key. Dallas has been the capital of jingle production since the 50s–maybe earlier.

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