Adolescence and Adland: More memories from high school, including the one where I wore a spacesuit!

October 4, 2010

“Chicago, we have a problem.”

In my last post I wrote about pieces of music that have formed indelible impressions on me. Vivid memories evoked every time I listen to a particular track. Several of those songs are from seventies-era rock bands: Heart, Boston & Yes. High school lives!

Thinking about that period, I was reminded of another rock-related event in my life, which, as fate would have it, also served as precursor to my eventual career in advertising. In the late seventies, before I had any inkling of being a copywriter, I actually participated in an ambitious marketing program for the science fiction movie, Saturn 3 starring Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett Majors and Harvey Keitel. In the very likely event you never heard of it, here is the link.

The movie wasn’t all bad.

The production company (Transatlantic Films) wanted to bolster interest in the film among teenagers. Being one, I volunteered and was chosen to be among several young people asked to don a space suit and hand out propaganda for the film at a rock concert. I’m not positive but I believe the venue was the old Chicago Stadium (since demolished) and the act was Judas Priest (still chugging).

Free tickets to see Priest plus the chance to wear a space suit was basically a fantasy come true for a goofy fifteen year old such as myself. Unlike the music-induced memories I wrote about last time I have virtually no recollection of the concert. I do remember being asked over and over and over again if I had any weed. Kids just equated the space suit with getting high. On top of that back then smoking up at concerts was commonplace. But I digress…

Thankfully, my mother took the above photograph of me wearing the space suit before my gig at the Stadium. I wish I still had the suit; it would make a killer Halloween costume. Alas, like my flowing brown locks, it is only a memory. I never saw the spacesuit again.

Or did I?

My second poster for Altoids.

6 Responses to “Adolescence and Adland: More memories from high school, including the one where I wore a spacesuit!”

  1. Wow Steffan, that is so cool! I recognized the helmet straight away! Not sure if you’re into Saturn 3 or sci-fi in general, but I’ve recently set up a site devoted to the making of the movie:

    Cheers! 🙂


    • Steffan1 said

      Greg- Someone had to to it (then and now!)

      • From the looks of it, I’m guessing it’s one of the actual helmets featured in the film. And I know it might be a stretch after (all these years) – but do you still have an example of the leaflets you handed out? 🙂

      • Steffan1 said

        It was one of the actual helmets; the guy who set it up was part of the film’s production company. And no I do not have leaflet. I believe it was a Judas Priest concert. I was “spacey.”

  2. Steffan1 said

    Linking your website, Greg. Fascinating!

    • That is so cool you have a direct link to the production! I wonder if it was Kirk or Farrah who wore the helmet? And thanks for the link, man – really appreciate it! 🙂

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