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Ted Kennedy VW Ad

« on: April 01, 2012, 01:56:57 PM »
A Memphis VW Club's newsletter had a picture of this ad.  I've got lots of VW ads, but I don't recall ever seeing this one.  Is it real?  It's a 71 or 72 Beetle in the ad.

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Re: Ted Kennedy VW Ad

« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2012, 09:55:49 PM »
After a little research, I found this:
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In 1972 National Lampoon ran this parody Volkswagen ad as a comment on the infamous 1969 Ted Kennedy Chappaquiddick incident.  Volkswagen sued National Lampoon for using the name, logo and image of a Volkswagen automobile without permission.


One place I read said that after settling with Volkswagen, National Lampoon ran a retraction that said something to effect of "Even if Ted Kennedy had driven a Volkswagen, he still wouldn't be president."

I sure miss the days of freedom of the press and political incorrectness!   ;)

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Re: Ted Kennedy VW Ad

« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2012, 10:29:29 PM »
That is awesome! I love it!

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Re: Ted Kennedy VW Ad

« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2012, 11:00:33 PM »
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The National Lampoon Encyclopedia of Humor, 1973, edited by Michael O'Donoghue and art directed by Gross.

This publication featured the fake Volkswagen ad seen above, which was written by Anne Beatts. The spoof was listed in the contents page as "Doyle Dane Bernbach," the name of the advertising agency that had produced the iconic 1960s ad campaign for Volkswagen. According to Mark Simonson's "Very Large National Lampoon Site":
"If you buy a copy of this issue, you may find the ad is missing. As a result of a lawsuit by VW over the ad for unauthorized use of their trademark, NatLamp was forced to remove the page (with razor blades!) from any copies they still had in inventory (which, from what I gather, was about half the first printing of 250,000 copies) and all subsequent reprints. For what it's worth, Ted Kennedy didn't sue."

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Re: Ted Kennedy VW Ad

« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012, 07:12:45 AM »
I've seen that one... I always thought it was pretty darned funny.   ;D



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