What a terrible year for losing our local L.A. TV icons. Cal Worthington, famous for his "Go See Cal!" TV and radio commercials over the years, has died at 92.
The Los Angeles Times notes:
Worthington died Sunday while watching football at his home on the Big W Ranch near Orland, Calif., said Brady McLeod of the Miles Law Firm in Sacramento, which represented Worthington.
Described as a cross between Dale Carnegie and Slim Pickens, Worthington was best known for his wacky television pitches that had him wrestling with a tiger, flying upside down on an airplane wing or riding a killer whale. His sales antics with his “Dog Spot” drove a career that took him from a three-car lot on a patch of Texas dirt to a multi-make dealership empire that grossed billions of dollars and stretched from Southern California to Alaska.
Worthington was also a radio DJ, working at Los Angeles country radio station KXLA from 1950 to 1959. Here's just two examples of his ads: