We Can No Longer Go See Cal as SoCal Teevee's Legendary Pitchman Worthington Dies at 92

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One of teevee car dealer Cal Worthington's jingles went, "Worthington Ford in Long Beach, Worthington Ford in Long Beach, San Diego Freeway at Bellflower Boulevard."

But Worthington, who died Sunday at his Northern California ranch at age 92, was of course better known for the "Go see Cal" jingles that found him with an Noah's ark assortment of animals who were all named "my dog Spot."

He was a millionaire several times over just from his car dealerships, he was his Spot Advertising agency's only client and he began on the airwaves out of Los Angeles in 1949 by purchasing time for ads on a KTLA/Channel 5 country-and-western music show that was later renamed Cal's Corner.

Now I'm not old enough to remember that program, but to give you an idea how long he ruled Southern California's late night airwaves, I believe my first recollection of his commercials was from when I was just out of diapers and I continue to see them as I battle insomnia am near the age of adult diapers. Worthington IS the history of broadcast television in these parts.

He apparently collapsed at his sprawling Flying W ranch outside Orland on Sunday afternoon and was pronounced dead in his home by paramedics. He was beloved up there for being a local fixture and has an annual charity event in his name for a local hospital that just happened to be coming up this weekend.

So ...

Give a new car to your wife,
but not from Cal who's left this life
Forever Cal, forever Cal, forever Cal.

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John Marth
John Marth

i remember this guy from the 70's

Josh McIntosh
Josh McIntosh

For everyone who loved his "Go See Cal" jingle, you can thank a local, Sammy Masters, for penning that tune.

Angie-Angela Murphy
Angie-Angela Murphy

RIP Cal.. My Grammy and mother told me stories about when my grammy dated him ;)

John Dennis
John Dennis

That is sad. I loved all his commercials even though I never went to the dealership.

Marc Morin-Lebel
Marc Morin-Lebel

I remember when he only had Worthington Dodge, then added Worthington Ford, etc.... And let's not forget (all) his dog(s) Spot. ;-)

Louie Corea
Louie Corea

End of an era for sure, right up there with Frank Sinatra as far as memories go. RIP Cal, We'll go see ya down the road a piece.

Noah Flaum
Noah Flaum

A true So Cal legend. Rest in peace, Pussy Cow!

Sonya Noblett
Sonya Noblett

RIP cal! #NotPussyCow but #GoSeeCal...always thought the first, lol

Mike Martinez
Mike Martinez

When I was a kid I always thought the commercial said, pussy cow, pussy cow, pussy cow.

James Creely
James Creely

looking for the best youtube..tearing up.

Lea Jones
Lea Jones

Grew up watching old Cal ~~~ RIP!

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Every animal he had was named Spot and none of them were dogs! RIP, Cal!

Anthoni Le
Anthoni Le

Aww. RIP Cal. You were a part of my child and adult life. It won't be the same without you.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Ah man. RIP Cal Worthngton! Every time I see Dan C and his meat puppet Chris Prevatt from the Fib OC , I hear the opening line to that commercial. "Its Cal Worthngton and his dog spot!"

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I once saw some of his commercials in the 70's, low budget and very effective ... I liked how the used cars were driven up as he went on with his patter.

Eric Duncan
Eric Duncan

RIP Cal!! You will forever be engrained in my childhood memories. You'll never be forgotten!

Tracy Bingaman
Tracy Bingaman

Will never forget him and crazy LQQking dog, Spot! ;p

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