OK, even if you don’t know who Don Draper is, you’ve surely heard of Mad Men, the AMC Drama about early 1960’s New York advertising culture that’s had critics slobbering over themselves since Season 1 two years ago. If you haven’t seen it, we strongly recommend that you do so (it’s on Netflix). Season 3 just began (it’s available on iTunes on Monday mornings) and looks to be as visually grand and socially caustic as the past two seasons. A word of advice: it takes a bit of getting into, so don’t give up before you’ve watched at least 6 episodes.

We doubt the main character, Don Draper (played handsomely by actor Jon Hamm), will have advertising business in Colorado Springs this season, but if he does, he’ll surely be impressed by this 1964 Alexander Film Company (more on that later) Promotional Film for Colorado Springs: TIME TO LIVE.

See the beautiful Antler’s Hotel (wait, the one they tore down?), skate at the amazing Broadmoor World Arena (didn’t they tear that down?), ski just up the hill at Ski Broadmoor (yep, definitely closed), play on the amazing surrealist playground concrete equipment (gone!), see JFK at the AFA (dead!). Yes, you can still visit this “happy, progressive community.” It’s so good, it’ll actually make you want to move here! Only Don Draper could’ve created such great propaganda for our city! (Thanks to the Pikes Peak Library District for posting this on YouTube).

 

18 Responses to Time To Live! Don Draper Does Colorado Springs

  1. Ele says:

    Wow that place looks amazing. I want to share the zest for life.

  2. Matt H says:

    I’m going down to Giuseppe’s to ask JoAnne Colt if her maiden name is Mortonson.

  3. Matt H says:

    Check that, Joanne Morton. Walking into the buildng where she now runs a restaurant, the Depot. I’ll ask.

  4. Kevin J. says:

    “… and wherever you look, at any time of the year, there are spectacular scenic views to admire.” 4:10

    I LOVE the lecherous old man with his shorts pulled nearly to his armpits.

    ZOMG!! Levine’s at ~8:30 … best downtown combo toy store/skate shop ever. Sigh …

    Thanks to TBS & PPLD for digging this up and sending it out!

  5. M Myers says:

    Water skiing at the Broadmoor??? Did they ring a bell and have everyone in the town walk around downtown while filming? Oh that’s right everyone’s moved into all that urban sprawl out East. I guess in 50 years all those home will be special and the place for young people????

  6. tobi says:

    Did anyone notice that “Professor” Adams looks a whole lot like our very own Rocky…great artist & manitou icon.

  7. JJM says:

    I’ve been indoctrinated…

  8. They used to show this on the library’s cable access channel a lot. My wife and I developed a full Mystery Science Theater 3000 routine to accompany it. Haven’t seen it in a while, so it’s fun to have it back.

  9. Mike Procell says:

    talk with a service station attendant? Oh man with the star… wherefore art thou?

  10. Nancy Wilsted says:

    Everyone is so much thinner! Even the fat people look thin.

  11. I’m living, but I feel like I don’t have enough time.

  12. Jeremy Van Hoy says:

    Nothing says ‘creepy old man’ like a bassoon solo…

  13. Liz Arnold says:

    I hope the citizens of Colorado Springs are still seen as “fresh and lively”! Great clip! I’m sure those were the good old days.

  14. If you enjoyed this, look for it on the library channel, because this is nowhere near the entire “Time to Live”. Instead it’s a significantly cut-down version, possibly shortened due to Youtube time limits. Some of the best bits are missing, like when the visiting businessman’s shoes are accidentally painted white by a dim-witted parking lot striper. Or when the narrator explains that many airlines serve the city, followed immediately by a shot of Air Force One (you can get tickets on that?). The full version might also be available on videotape or DVD from the library.

  15. […] this 1950s vintage promotional film for Colorado Springs isn’t as wonderfully campy as Time To Live!, it’s ripe with exquisitely over-rendered ad copy that doesn’t fail to marvelously […]

  16. […] we freely admit that we knew that the YouTube version of “Time to Live” that we originally posted a couple months ago (featuring the wonderfully creepy guy pictured above) was missing a huge chunk […]

  17. Tracy says:

    Ahh, Levine’s. Best toy store ever got a quick shot in the film.

  18. […] “Time to Live” (original post HERE), the 1964 promotional video to which we refer in the interview, and which captures the zeitgeist […]

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