were so successful that newspapers printed schedules of when their
commercials aired. On WNYC this week, the fabulous cultural
commentator, Sara Fishko aired a fascinating homage to Bert and Harry.
In the 1950s, Young & Rubicam ad agency created Bert and Harry
Piel, the fictitious animated owners and pitchmen for the brewery.
Harry (Bob Elliott)
was tall and soft-spoken, always calming down the short loudmouth Bert
(Ray Goulding) when something went wrong. If Bert and Harry remind you
a little of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie, any resemblance is in the mind of the beholder.
The next best thing to a frosty cold one, is listening to Fishko’s wonderful report.