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"SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!" The intonation inextricably linked to weekend motorsports events and monster truck rallies is seared into our childhood memories, and last Sunday its originator, Jan C. Gabriel (1940 - 2010), passed away at the age of 69 after battling kidney disease.
Gabriel came up with the signature turn of phrase while auditioning to do the voiceover work for commercials advertising the U.S. 30 dragstrip in Indiana. A delay feature built into his tape recorder allowed Mr. Gabriel to pull off the unique repeat effect, and the rest, as they say, is history. He would go on to record fresh spots every week throughout the 1980s for events at U.S. 30 and other tracks around the country, bringing the "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" line national.

Mr. Gabriel also produced and hosted the motorsports-themed television show, "Super Chargers," and his production company helped popularize monster trucks by pushing them into into the spotlight during the '80s. Jan Gabriel is survived by his wife, Theresa, and daughter, Amanda. Follow the jump for video of one of the old U.S. 30 television featuring his famous tagline.

[Sources: Chicago Tribune, JanCGabriel.com]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Another small piece of my childhood, gone forever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now I know that there could be plenty of "who cares?" and "good riddance" comments, but I'd like to remind you all that this guy's life serves as a reminder of the kind of impact we all can have. "Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!" may not seem like much, but this man created a national institution and he did it simply by living his life and doing his job. I think that's pretty cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Down and dirty in the bog, with GRAVE DIGGER...

      We'll sell you the coffin, but you'll only need THE LID...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Alex, you should post more often! I never watched Knight Rider, but I loved reading your hilarious Liveblog. Your others posts as well, even if they were about hotdog mobiles penetrating homes. Ok, especially if they were about hotdog mobiles penetrating homes. Hope to read more from you, cheers!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Memorial services will be held SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        We'll sell you the whole seat, but you'll only need the eeeedddddgggggeeeeeeeee....

        RIP Mr. Gabriel, you made my life that little tiny bit more enjoyable...
        • 5 Years Ago

        That made me LMAO because I know you meant no ill will by it.
        RIP, Mr. Gabriel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He will be missed. His voice always brought a smile to my face.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He died on Sunday. Touché.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Living in the Chicago suburbs as a teenager during the mid to late 60s, I can remember hearing his "Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!" intonations on AM radio throughout each year's drag racing season and also on TV if I remember correctly.

      Sorry to hear he is gone. Another reminder of my own mortality.

      Best thoughts for his family.