in a public service announcement
that was broadcast over several years in the Portland
area. The Kite Man seemed to be some person (or perhaps a team) that dealt with freeing children
from lines as well as teaching kite safety
(but did they have to think we would be stupid
enough to make a kite from wire and wet string?).
Presumably, if one got their kite caught in a powerline they would call the number given and have it freed. I know of no one who ever called this number. I recall few kids actually flying kites in Portland, it isn't particularly windy.
Still, it's a fun way to jog a fellow Portlanders memory: walk up and say "Is a safe kite made of metal?..."
The commercial as I remember it:
Shot of mustached man in a big kite costume:
"Is a safe kite made of metal?"
Cut to a small group of children seated on the grass
who then shake their heads.
Cut back to Kite Man:
"Wire or wet string?"
Back to kids, more in the spirit
"What about frogs?"
Cut to single shot of a girl
in the crowd of kids:
"I like frogs."
"What if your kite winds (he draws out the word as he twirls his eyes theatrically) around a powerline?"
Kids are really "bringing it home
"Call the Kite Man!"
Closeup of almost-smirk
ing Kite Man.
"At Pacific Power" (wink)
A friend who works for the power company says she has some information about the Kite Man, but holds onto it like a bloody state secret someday I hope to find out the dirt...
Yeah, the line about frogs was always a weird moment... perhaps my first introduction to the non sequitur.
Note: Eco has his own personal memories about the Kite Man but, as I don't remember them myself, I'm hesitant to node them myself. Perhaps he will add a Kite Man "Directors Cut" write-up to this node...