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The Making of Radio Shack’s “The Phone Call”

The Making of Radio Shack’s “The Phone Call”

It was a blast to see all those famous folks from the 1980s—we’re talking everyone from Mary Lou Retton to Erik Estrada—burst into a Radio Shack store and clear the shelves in the Super Bowl spot “The Phone Call.” But the :30 created by Austin-based GSD&M and directed by Frank Todaro of bicoastal Moxie Pictures offered much more than a trip down memory lane. It was a self-effacing admission by the struggling electronics retailer that it needs to get with the times, and Super Bowl viewers and ad critics appreciated the humor and the...

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NCA 2014 State of the Industry Conference

NCA 2014 State of the Industry Conference

John Ratzenberger will be a “featured expert” at this year’s National Confectioners Association (NCA) State of the Industry Conference. The theme is “The Consumer Today – The Consumer Tomorrow” and will feature experts across a variety of industries speaking to the more than 600 confectionery industry leaders and key retailers from all channels of trade. Attendees will gain valuable insights and ideas to apply to their business, all while networking with industry peers. For more information, visit the NCA...

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Self-Reliance and Handsaws

Self-Reliance and Handsaws

John Ratzenberger has been featured on the Huffington Posts’ blog in an article titled Self-Reliance and Handsaws: John Ratzenberger’s Tools for Life by Joseph Parker. Highlights include: To Ratzenberger, equipping the children of future generations with such hands-on skills and abilities is imperative to the continuation of our economy and way of life. He believes our country was built thanks to the hard work and self-sufficiency of those who knew how to create and fix things. “That’s what built America:...

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John Ratzenberger Named 2014 Lehigh Valley Commencement Speaker

John Ratzenberger Named 2014 Lehigh Valley Commencement Speaker

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – John Ratzenberger, Emmy-nominated actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, will be the featured speaker at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s 2014 commencement ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. May 10 at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem. Ratzenberger produced and hosted “Made in America,” a show for the Travel Channel, which established a television precedent and led the way for a new series of shows including “Dirty Jobs,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers” and others. These shows...

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Cliff’s Cameo in Radio Shack Commercial

Cliff’s Cameo in Radio Shack Commercial

Did you catch John Ratzenberger featured in Radio Shack’s “The Phone Call” commercial during the big game? The ad featured several 1980s-era celebrities, such as John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin from Cheers, Hulk Hogan, Mary Lou Retton, Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister, Erik Estrada from CHiPs, along with characters such as Alf and Chuckie from the Child’s Play movies, arriving at a Radio Shack store and representing the 1980s to take their store back. Radio Shack also produced a separate Cliff-featured spot showing off...

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Season 2 of ‘Legit’ Announced by FXX

Season 2 of ‘Legit’ Announced by FXX

FXX will roll out the premiere of Legit on Jan. 26, 2014. The second season of ‘Legit’ with Jim Jefferies will follow the comedian as he tries to solve the mystery behind his failing love life. On top of his personal challenges, Jefferies will also deal with a string of unwanted house guests that include his parents and his roommates’ dad, Walter (John Ratzenberger). Meanwhile, Jim’s roommate Billy (DJ Qualls) will deal with problems of his after beginning new medications for muscular dystrophy along with an unconventional romantic...

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A Visit to Eagle Hill Southport School

A Visit to Eagle Hill Southport School

Hamm the pig, Mack the truck and P.T. Flea recently visited Eagle Hill Southport School — or at least the actor who voices the characters did. Actor John Ratzenberger the voice of these and many other Pixar movie characters, talked to the students about his life on and off the movie set. While most of the teachers know Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin on the long-running sitcom, Cheers, most of the students recognize his voice from the Pixar movies, of which he has appeared in every one, including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Cars. Ratzenberger...

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Guest Cast of BONES on FOX – Catch it Again on January 11, 2014

Guest Cast of BONES on FOX – Catch it Again on January 11, 2014

John Ratzenberger will join the guest cast of the TV show BONES in this Saturday’s episode, which you can watch again on January 11, 2014. He will appear as Bill Schumacher in an episode where The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of Adam Pak, a management consultant whose remains were found being eaten by bobcats. When evidence leads the team to a marriage retreat site, Brennan and Booth go undercover as previous personas “Roxie” and “Tony” to try to find more evidence. While at the retreat, Brennan and...

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Cheers’ John Ratzenberger to Appear in Tervis Showroom

Cheers’ John Ratzenberger to Appear in Tervis Showroom

Tervis will say “Cheers” to John Ratzenberger, America’s favorite mailman during The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. Ratzenberger, a supporter of Made in America products and the producer and host of the Travel Channel’s Made in America show, will be the guest of honor in the Tervis showroom on Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. Buyers will have the opportunity enjoy cocktails and have their photos taken with Ratzenberger. In addition to the Made in America show, Ratzenberger has written...

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“An Evening with John Ratzenberger” in Hometown

“An Evening with John Ratzenberger” in Hometown

The Connecticut actor made famous by playing a know-it-all mailman on “Cheers” is coming back to his hometown. “An Evening with John Ratzenberger” will be presented Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Ratzenberger was born in Bridgeport, went to grammar school in Bridgeport (St. Ann’s in Black Rock), attended Sacred Heart University, and was active with the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport. For more information, read the full article...

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