Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Hilltop in Italy

On this day back in 1886, the first batch of Coca-Cola was brewed in Gerogia in John Pemberton's backyard.  This commercial is from 1971 when young people assembled together on a hilltop in Italy to sing out for the Coca-Cola company.  Does anybody out there remember? 

Okay, so I will admit, this made me a bit teary. 

In honor of this being Coca-Cola's birthday, your prompts are based on beverages today.

Poetry Prompt:  Write an ode to your favorite beverage.

Fiction Prompt:  What is your character's favorite beverage?  What out a scene about a character's memory  that is associated with the beverage. 

Creative Nonfiction Prompt:  Believe it or not, my first publication was not poetry.  It was a piece of creative nonfiction I wrote in college called "Coke Girls."  It was based on memories of drinking Coca-Cola with my best friend at our neighbors' house.  Our neighbors were an elderly couple who served us Cokes and had wonderful conversations with us on their back porch.  Do you have memories of sharing visits while drinking something?  Write about one.


  1. Wow...I do remember that commercial!
    And what came to mind while I watched it, was that most of those kids in that video are now in their late 50's or early 60's...
    and that:
    I had my first son in 1971...

    Sharon :)

  2. Thanks for commenting, Sharon.

    It was a great commercial. I love that song. Sometime later they did a Christmas one where the young people are all standing in the shape of a tree with candles. The marketers at Coke have always been amazing. They don't just sell the Coke, they sell peace, love and warmth.



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