Happy In Bag

Friday, February 08, 2008

Right Under the Platte City Water Tower













While it looks little different than similar structures, the Platte City water tower enjoys semi-legendary status among long-time Kansas City residents. It's possibly the area's most overlooked landmark. Television viewers of a certain age will never forget the affected hillbilly screech of Sonny Hill, who proclaimed that his now defunct car dealership was "right under the Platte City water tower."

9 Comments:

  • At 11:48 AM, Blogger meesha.v said…

    I bought my 1st car from Sonny Hill in Olathe and I remember the old commercials. I never understood why dealership commercials have to be retarded. One of those American things, I guess.

     
  • At 12:16 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    I want to buy a car from this guy, Meesha. Warning- Highly offensive! Not Safe For Work!

     
  • At 2:43 PM, Blogger Lee said…

    Here's a piece of trivia for you: The Sonny Hill in the commercials was played by a guy named Austin Van Zee (as I recall). He did commercials for car dealers all over the the midwest back in the 80s-90s, including my hometown of Sioux Falls, where he was also a minister of some kind at a Christian Reform church. He did a pretty straightforward albeit uber-confident pitchman in the other commercials. So when I moved to KC I was kind of appalled to see him play this cheesy pseudo-shitkicker for Sunny Hill. Wonder what he's doing today.

    Thanks for this blast from the past.

     
  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger Lee said…

    Of course, I could be totally wrong about this, too.

     
  • At 5:25 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    As usual, Lee, thanks for the valuable perspective.

    And seriously, delicate readers, don't follow the link above unless you appreciate crude, wildly inappropriate humor.

     
  • At 9:32 AM, Blogger pomegranate said…

    ahh. memories.

     
  • At 10:54 PM, Blogger Donna said…

    It doesn't hold a candle to the Wellington Mo water tower, under which my daughter's family lives.

     
  • At 3:07 PM, Anonymous brucedene said…

    How far is that from "that swingin' Red Bridge exit"? Beuller? Anybody?

     
  • At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "that swingin' Red Bridge exit!" LOL. Bet yer boots, Colonel Billy!

     

Post a Comment

<< Home