Spot almost hit

Among the Big Three colas, I’ve pretty much always seen Pepsi as third, maybe even fourth if Shasta was being discounted more heavily than usual; but for no really good reason, I had an urge for a Pepsi yesterday, and the wherewithal to obtain a 20-ounce bottle. Which I did.

While it was occurring to me that I could have gotten the same results by opening an RC Cola and letting it sit until Tuesday, I started reading the label, and discovered something I hadn’t actually noticed before: the full name “Pepsi-Cola” is no longer being used.

When did this happen? According to Wikipedia, it’s been simply Pepsi since 1961. I know I’ve had several Pepsis since the year I turned eight, but maybe it’s a we-don’t-serve-Coke kind of deal.

Come to think of it, in 1961, Pepsi kicked off that “For Those Who Think Young” business, so the actual transition might have been in this very advertisement. That’s Joanie Sommers on the vocal; now I wonder if Johnny got angry because she brought home a carton of Coke.

And anyway, before it was Pepsi-Cola, it was, um, Brad’s Drink. This is Brad.


  1. ms7168 »

    18 April 2014 · 7:55 am

    I used to avoid Pepsi like the plague. If they served it I drank tea. Once I started drinking diet though I made the surprising discovery that Diet Pepsi is better than Diet Coke. Now that we have Coke Zero all bets are off but it depends on which one is on sale.

  2. McGehee »

    18 April 2014 · 8:36 pm

    After having had Coke Zero almost exclusively the past year or more, I very often find myself craving Diet Pepsi.

    I distinctly remember having Pepsi-Cola well into the ’70s, though mostly in glass 16-ounce bottles that had to be saved and taken back for the deposit. I had no idea those bottles were (apparently) older than me.

  3. JT »

    18 April 2014 · 11:40 pm

    RC is decent when you can find it, but it doesn’t make much of a presence in S Texas.
    We still get the Coca-cola from Mexico in glass bottles, and that’s always a treat to not chug down the HCFS stuff. I recently found the Pepsi equivalent on sale, and it’s just as good, so I’m torn between the two.

  4. CGHill »

    18 April 2014 · 11:55 pm

    There was an early Onion piece, I recall, about how RC officials celebrated actually selling a bottle of the stuff.

    Addendum: Yep.

  5. Jeffro »

    19 April 2014 · 2:29 am

    While it was occurring to me that I could have gotten the same results by opening an RC Cola and letting it sit until Tuesday,

    I don’t care who you are, that right there is genius. Luckily I had nothing to spew at the moment, or there would have been a mess.

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