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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    The AUTOGRAFX Electro-Cling Super-Graphics package dates back to late 1992. This company offered wildly colored designs for the hood or the sides of your car that were held in place with something the company called Electro-Cling. The trademark states that it was issued for "electrostatically charged decals for vehicles and the like." Back then I worked on a show called Steals & Deals on CNBC and I had a chance to see if the product really worked. I have never owned a car in my life, and haven’t driven in more than 20 years. Since CNBC was in New Jersey & I didn’t drive, the station sent a car for me each week. So before we headed from Manhattan over the George Washington Bridge to the studio for the show where I was going to show this product, we applied an Autografx Super-Graphic to the hood of the town car. It only took a minute or two since it basically just gets placed on the car hood, car sides or both - and is then smoothed out. We drove to CNBC hitting 65 mph in some places and – whadda know - the graphic stayed right in place. This probably would have been good for a family with one car. Maybe a younger family member wanted to attract attention when they drove, while another person who shared the car preferred to attract no attention. The AutografX could easily be applied and removed. There were more than a dozen designs and colors available, but the product wasn’t wildly successful. I don’t know of anyone who bought one. The trademark was owned by L.T. Funston & Company, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa. I found that info thanks to (It’s a free search engine of publicly available government records.) On the same site I read that the current federal status of this trademark filing is cancelled 12/15/2000 AUTOGRAFX ELECTRO-CLING SUPER-GRAPHICS unrevivable. If you ever used this product, we'd love to know about it!

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    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos!


    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:


    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.


    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.


    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.


    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.


    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll a tiny amount of fame (hopefully), an autographed MAD magazine and a 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video!

    IMPORTANT: We'll just shower you with praise for your video if you live outside the US or Canada since we can't afford to send stuff outside of those two places. (Thanks for understanding.)


    All show submissions go to  



    Letter of the week:


    Not a letter this week, but a Tweet From A Giz Wiz Show Fan with a fascinating subject line:

    Subject: Doggie LED Disco Vest 

    This is a must have!

    ‎Mike Troiano‎   

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