Friday, June 6, 2008

'80s Flashback: Rondo soda

Friday is here again, so it's time for another '80s Flashback.

Before a word from our sponsor, here are the recent '80s Flashbacks:

'80s Flashback: Roller skating
'80s Flashback: Garbage Pail Kids
'80s Flashback: Just Say No
'80s Flashback: Freddy Krueger
'80s Flashback: Atari
'80s Flashback: OP corduroy shorts
'80s Flashback: Parachute pants
'80s Flashback: Rambo cartoon
'80s Flashback: Psyche!
'80s Flashback: Jim and Tammy Faye
'80s Flashback: Avoid the noid
'80s Flashback: Mary Lou Retton
'80s Flashback: One night in Bangkok
'80s Flashback: Adams Atoms
'80s Flashback: Don't you forget about me

OK. This week's flashback is brought to you by the series of "Choose Your Own Adventure" books that were popular in the '80s (The Cave of Time, at right, was one of them). At different points in the story, you had to decide what action you wanted the character to take. One choice would lead to success, the other to failure, more trouble, death, etc. I remember reading them in the mid '80s, and reading them to kids when I was a summer camp counselor at the YMCA.

Now on to the Flashback.

Rondo was a citrus-flavored soft drink available in the U.S. in the late 1970s and early '80s. I remember that it looked like a beer can, so we were very excited when we got to drink it -- and then crush the can like in the commercials (an example is below).

I don't think my parents bought the soda for my brother, sister and I very often. But I remember seeing the commercials a lot. Rondo ... the thirst crusher!

I also remember the announcer saying "Rondo is lightly carbonated so you can slam it down fast!" The people in the commercial would then demonstrate this. I tried it when I was about 10 years old and ended up getting most of the soda on me. One of my many proud achievements in the '80s.