Methinks that famous narrartor you're speaking of is Gene Hackman. He's been the 'UA voice' for well over a decade now.
I, too, remember UA's old ads quite vividly. Especially the one where the 747SP silhoutte is taxiing in Hong Kong Kait Tak. There is nothing lilke the crescendo of the wonderful Gershwin piece towards the end of UA TV commercials.
It's too bad UA doesn't showcase its ads online, unlike some others. For some, advertising is legitimate entertainment-- take a gander at AdCritic.com! Also, planebusiness has a great *.mov of a recent nostalgic UA 'apology' commercial. Note that this one does not feature the foibling Badloss, I mean Goodwin, but rather, short clips of various old UAL metal.
As for United's advertisomg budget, I seriously don't know where all the $100 mil goes every year?! There is hardly any UA ad exposure anywhere, as far as I can tell, and boy, I tell you what, I sure look out for these things-- advertisin's my element!
Maybe when I get my ad/branding/logo agency, tentatively named "Ad Astra", or 'Astra: a subsidiary of imkeww LLC.' for short, up-n-running, I'll make a pitch to the folks over at Elk Grove Township. And in turn for services rendered, they'll grant me my own personal trip 7. imkeww.com -- the best thing since canned fruit!
Dreamland is fun,