Mr. Inman: In the 1960s there was a famous commercial in which a woman was cooking something, and when her mother suggested that it could use more salt, the woman came completely unglued and screamed, “Mother, PLEASE! I’d rather do it myself!” What product was that commercial promoting? – R.M., via e-mail
Dear R.M.: You forgot what came after that – the daughter rubbing her head while her voiceover said, “Sure you’ve got a headache. You’re tense, irritable. But why take it out on her?” What a neatly encapsulated little drama of mother-daughter resentment.
The product was Anacin, which, as an animated graphic described it, fought your headache three ways – it got rid of the hammer in your head, the static in your cerebellum and the cracking steel balls in your cranium.