In the 1940s when TV was starting, the first local television commercial in NY showed 4 year old Bernadette Castro opening the Castro sofa bed all by herself. That became one of the most frequently aired commercials of all time. At age 12, Miss Bernadette starred in a re-make which was the first color television commercial to air. If you’re over 35 years old, chances are good you’ve seen it at least a few dozen times in your life. I’m guessing I was watching cartoons like Gigantor and Speed Racer back in the early seventies, and I stared at that little girl running around the living room so many times I still have the CAH-stroh CON-vertibles jingle memorized.
I just saw a Beamax projection screen video showing an adorable 2 1/2 year old opening and closing a wall-mounted video projection screen, all by herself. The screen survives within easy reach of a 2 1/2 year old. That’s gotta be good press for Beamax. Is “Evi” the modern-day Bernadette Castro?