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There he was, night after night: dark curly hair and an adorable baby face, sittin’ on the dock with a fishing pole in his hand and a song in his heart. An outdoorsman: my first crush. It’s true that love can change your life, and my life was forever altered the first time I heard his sweet song: “My bologna has a first name, it’s O-s-c-a-r….” Because of him, commercials soon became more interesting to me than regular television, and I eagerly learned Mr. Lee’s “ancient Chinese secret” and how to properly handle the Charmin. Because of him, my passion for advertising—not to mention lunch meats and spokesmodels—will never die. Discover how your favorite commercials lodged themselves in your brain—and your heart—as author Bernice Kanner discusses “The 25 Greatest Commercials of All Time—And Why They Worked” at 11:30 a.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. $60. For reservations call (703) 827-0135. (Tricia Olszewski)