Monday, September 09, 2013

Cal Worthington and his dog Spot

Car dealer Calvin Coolidge "Cal" Worthington  died yesterday while watching the first Sunday game of the 2013 NFL season.

The Worthington Dealership Group at its peak had 29 dealerships in:
Anchorage, Alaska
Phoenix, Arizona
Carlsbad, Claremont, Folsom, Long Beach, Sacramento and South Gate California 
Reno, Nevada 
Houston and Sugar Land in Texas 
Federal Way, Washington.

I moved to California when I was seven years old and loved to watch Cal's commercials. They were known as the "My Dog Spot" ads because each commercial would introduce Cal Worthington and his dog Spot. However, the dog was never a dog. In most cases, it was an exotic animal being led around on a leash.

According to a spokesman for the Television Bureau of Advertising, Worthington "is probably the best known car dealer pitchman in television history."

Good Night Cal

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa
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