Memory of the Month: Deep thoughts

By on December 29, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

In honor of GEICO’s 75th anniversary, we’re sharing an image from GEICO’s past each month this year and inviting you to exercise your caption-writing skills.

In this mid-1970s photo, there are clearly some Deep Thoughts going on in this group. But are they all on the same page? Maybe not.

The fellow in the middle, for example, with his arms crossed – he looks like he has spotted something troublesome off to his right that nobody else in the group has seen. What could it be?

The fellow at the right, making the Dramatic Hand Gesture, seems to be leading the discussion; what is he talking about? And what’s in the envelope the gentleman to his left is holding? We await your speculations in the comments.

40 responses to “Memory of the Month: Deep thoughts

  1. Jennifer Lewis says:

    The guy with his arms crossed is thinking, “I may not be smart, but I’m sure if i stand here with my arms crossed and my brows lookin’ serious, i’ll appear to be somewhat superior to these guys.”

    The guy making the dramatic hand gesture and thinking, “I don’t know how much more i can convince these guys about my idea for a government employees insurance company being pure GENIUS, but i’m sure if i continue to show off how powerful my hands are, they’ve GOTTA’ believe in me.”

    The guy with the envelope is thinking, “I don’t even care what this guy is saying, just wait until i smack this evelope down on him about Allstate and its gonna hit the FAN in here!”

  2. Buf says:

    “We can all agree with the exception of Thompson here, whoever smelt did indeed dealt it. Thompson you disgust me.”

  3. Q-Bert says:

    -Marty (Mr. Hands-Up): “Vinnie, come here.. Did you just disrespect me? How come everyone else said congratulations on my 10 year service award, and you just stood there looking at the floor?”
    -Vinnie (White Shirt/White Tie): Shrugs
    -Marty (Mr. Hands-Up): “Look at me. Do you know who I am. I run this office. I say who gets a raise and you goes bye-bye. Understand? Show some respect.”
    -Vinnie (White Shirt/White Tie): “Fine, congrats. Happy?”
    -Marty (Mr. Hands-Up): “You’re gonna embarrass me in front of all these people with your lame ‘congrats.’ Look at me. LOOK AT ME!”
    -Billy (Short Guy): “C’mon boss. He said ‘congrats’. That’s good enough. Let’s enjoy. It’s your anniversary. Don’t let him ruin it.”
    -Marty (Mr. Hands-Up): “OK.. In the spirit of the day, I’ll let Joey make the decision on this guy. Joey?”
    -Joey (Arched-Eyebrow Guy): “Hmmm……. Fire him.”

  4. Amanda says:

    Does anyone else notice that no one is really talking? I think it’s posed.

  5. Frogy says:

    If you look behind them you will see a ghost in the window. It wasn’t there in the negatitives.

  6. B says:

    This looks like an episode of the Sopranos, and the guy with his arms crossed and eye brows raised looks like George W Bush

  7. Joe says:

    The guy making the hand gestures looks like Jimmy Hoffa. Maybe hes is rallying service agents to unionize!!

  8. fol says:

    Bigelow-“We can agree here, even Thompson here that we all dislike Jenkins! We all hate him with a passion, agreed? The way he carries his lunch in a manilla envelope. I mean seriously who carries a lunch in a manilla folder…. why is no one agreeing with me….he’s next to me right now isn’t he.”

    Jenkins-“I was going to offer you guys some Ritz crackers but now forget it!!”

  9. GT says:

    “The company’s Free Pretzel Day has been cancelled due to employee tardiness.  WHO HERE HAS BEEN TARDY?!?”

  10. Carlos Acapulco says:

    “You were probably wondering why we asked you to wear a white tie today…Well, as you can see, it’s not really Mike’s birthday party…. Bobby, we’re all here because we care about you. We want you to get help. Joe has the admission papers all filled out here. There are people who can help you… trained people who are experts at this sort of thing. There’s a car waiting outside. Come on, champ… we’re gonna get you all better.”

  11. Bert says:

    Ok guys welcome to GEICO 101 and diversity training. There has never been a better day to be at GEICO. SELL SELL SELL, SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE

  12. Heir to the O'henry Fortune says:

    Fine i’ll admit that Jack and Jill is the greatest movie of all time if you just admit that I could be a hand model. Look at them Jenkins, it like they were sculpted in Olympus. I am a HAND DIETY!!!

  13. Q-Bert says:

    2235 AD World’s Fair, Flushing, NY
    “Please note the wax figures to your left. This exhibit is called ‘Businessmen Talking about Something Important’. Note the distorted facial expressions and hand motions. This was referred to as ‘Driving a Point Home’ in their neverending and unrewarding task of ‘Moving the Numbers.’ The men feigning interest were known by the somewhat derisive term,  ‘Yes-Men’ as they frequently were thought to agree with whoever was the highest ranking person in the room. Note the felt strips wrapped around their necks. These were endearingly referred to as ‘Neckties’ or ‘Ties’ for short.
    As a side note, this breed all but died out in 2021 with the advent of the CompuDeck.
    On a lighter note, let’s move on to our next exhibit, ‘Leo and Lillian Goodwin riding a tandem bicycle'”

  14. Philip Brumbles says:

    the guy with the hand gesture ” Do you realize how much money we could save this company if we upgraded the 3420’s,3480’s and 3490’s to 3590 tape cartridges? I mean look at the data we could store?!.” “IBM is definetley the most cost effective way to go. I pored over the stats all night, and with that new robot, man we could definitely increase the speed and the work load!”  

  15. Sean says:

    Hand Gesture Guy: “Thompson, it’s simple, you hold the orange like so and just shave off little bits of the rind into your dish giving it a nice citrus Zest…  Ted here has brought the recipe for ya in that envelope… Ted… TED!!!”

    “Sorry, Boss I’m a bit distracted, but is that John Travolta over there?  Man can he dance!”

    “Yes of course its him Ted, there filming Celebrity Apprentice – Insurance Salesman this week”
     

  16. Bizmark says:

    Now our plan for world domination is almost complete. No one will stop us now. Soon everyone on Earth will worship the green lizard… Is that you Mr Bond?

  17. Ino says:

    “Look we need to get our lunch order in quick! Pizza or tacos Thompson, PIZZA OR TACOS!!! You’re the deciding vote. Hurry up or the creepy guy from tech support who like to peek out from behind someone’s shoulder with one eye will show up….oh no….”

  18. GT says:

    “We added into the Audit Criteria, that once you enter the building and  you do not wipe your feet before proceeding to your floor, it will be a negative audit.”

  19. David Tillman says:

    With is arms crossed he tested out his Jedi mind tricks: These are not the droids you are looking for!

  20. TAP says:

    This is a meeting at Allstate’s national headquarters, circa 1962.  Fred (hand gesturing man) is wondering why so many people switched to GEICO. Sid (with hands folded) knows that Charlie (at whom he is looking) just accepted a job with GEICO at the Plaza, while Pat in the foreground nonchalantly  tries to hide the manila envelope containing a cover letter and resume he will drop in the mail to GEICO.

  21. ajdowntown says:

    “I don’t get it, why do you think a gecko should be our mascot?  That just doesn’t make any sense at all.  Sure the names are somewhat similar, but that is about it.  Maybe it is something people will like in 25 years, but it simply makes no sense at all.  We need another idea for a mascot.  Anybody?”

    “See, there is this pig sir, and he will shout ‘Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee’ all the way home.”

    “Dumb idea… next?”

    “How about a Caveman?

    “Now you are thinking.  Although, I think that will only make sense when the internet is invented and we get out website up and running.  Let’s put that in our to-do bag, and make sure we get the rights for a television show based on it.  Ok, we are rolling now, what else?”

    “Rowing hampsters?”

    “Brilliant!  That has ‘GEICO is a serious company that can save me lots of money’ written all over it.”

    “Sir, I have an idea too.”

    “Hmm…  ok, let’s hear it.”

    “A talking wad of cash!”

    “You’re fired.”

  22. Steve says:

    “Talk to the hand!”

  23. Roy Bu8ckingham II says:

    …..and thus it was agreed the future would need a man named Stephen Colbert.

  24. adham nadi says:

    computers….that will never work

  25. adham nadi says:

    “I don’t get it, why do you think a gecko should be our mascot? That just doesn’t make any sense at all. Sure the names are somewhat similar, but that is about it. Maybe it is something people will like in 25 years, but it simply makes no sense at all. We need another idea for a mascot. Anybody?”
    “See, there is this pig sir, and he will shout ‘Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee’ all the way home.”
    “Dumb idea… next?”
    “How about a Caveman?
    “Now you are thinking. Although, I think that will only make sense when the internet is invented and we get out website up and running. Let’s put that in our to-do bag, and make sure we get the rights for a television show based on it. Ok, we are rolling now, what else?”
    “Rowing hampsters?”
    “Brilliant! That has ‘GEICO is a serious company that can save me lots of money’ written all over it.”
    “Sir, I have an idea too.”
    “Hmm… ok, let’s hear it.”
    “A talking wad of cash!”
    “You’re fired.”
     ***classix***

  26. Jason says:

    I’m not sure exactly what they would have been saying but I feel this is all about some sort of turf war.

  27. Katrina says:

    Man with arms crossed: Hmm that corner office is looking mighty nice
    Man counting with fingers: fours ducks… uh, maybe five

    Man holding the enevelope: I wonder if Nancy is cooking meatloaf or turkey tonight. I hope it’s meatloaf.

  28. Randi says:

    Whatever they are discussing it appears the only way to resolve it will be a West Side Story -esque dance off.

  29. Michelle Clark says:

    “okay, so we all agree it was Col Mustard in the kitchen, with a rope? Good, let’s open the envelope now”

  30. Crystal J. says:

    (hand gesture guy) Okay, so we’ve got Tommy & Paul on one dance team, me, Scott, and George on the other. Jonny, you’re going to the other team….. Jonny? JONNY!

    (Jonny: manilla folder guy): I am so switching to GEICO…. at least there, there’s a REASON to dance! I AM THE LORD OF THE GEICO DANCE!!!

    (Hand guy): That’s it! Jonny, you’re doing the foxtrot with Paul or else!

    (Jonny): Might wanna get a job @ GEICO, too….

  31. Simon says:

    Oh No !

    It’s 3:00pm and we are all still awake. I knew it !!  Here comes Robert Goulet across the ceiling !  

    Awkward  !!

  32. Jim says:

    So for Tony’s shower, everyone was supposed to donate $5.00.  If We started with $50 and $2 went for a card, WHICH ALL OF YOU SIGNED, there should be $48. But Jenkins is telling me there’s only $38 in the envelope.  Now speak up, who’s holding out? 

  33. Raw Bark says:

    I caught a lightning bug… So cool…Wanna see?

  34. Karl the Kangaroo says:

    “It’s time… We have to tell you something…. You see, none of this is real. Me, him, them, all this.. It’s all in your mind. We have all been created just for you. Once we leave your field of vision, we cease to exist. Don’t you see that? You must.”

  35. Francisco Balboa Jr. says:

    Guys, I’m in trouble. Big trouble. If some guys in black trenchcoats come poking around for me, tell them I’m dead.

  36. Raldo says:

    Hey Sparky, who cut your hair, Stevie Wonder?

  37. mary says:

    The guy with the envelope is holding the reports showing how the the guy looking at the guy with the dumb look on his face messed up. The guy with his arms crossed is looking to see the response the guy that messed up is given. and the guy with his hand up is telling the guy that messed up what he will and how he will do it from now He even has his fingers up saying one you will blank two from now on you will.
    The guy with the dumb look is getting ready to go off but telling himself I need this job I need this job. And everyone else is trying to hear and see what happens so they don’t make the same mistake this guy did.

  38. David says:

    I’m telling you, this thing will work. Now, go find me a talking gecko!

  39. Rufus says:

    Guy With Hand Gesture:  So we sat down and did the numbers and we can have one from column one and one from column 2, but no egg rolls or soup.
    Short guy: What we all chipped in a whole $1.25 what is up with that?
    Guy with Envelope:  Look I have the results and we all have relized a capital gain of 1.4% on the last quarter, but overhead and expenses have eroded that to 1.3% taking into account ….
    Guy with arms crossed:  I wonder if I still can get that new Ferrari for $5,200 i want the ostrich skin seats.
    Hand Gesture Guy:  Thompson pay attention we are ordering lunch here and we are short the tip of $.30

  40. JP says:

    “You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone!”