9/20/17 – Mascots: Real or Fake?


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Hey, how about another look at the tape?

LearnedLeague precedent (LL74, MD16): In 1915, a central California woman named Lorraine Collett Petersen posed for a watercolor painting while holding a basket of fresh grapes, becoming the longtime face for a brand that, in line with that image, is still known today by what name?

BOOM. You may have learned this from my semi-recent Raisins edition:

Screen Shot 2017-09-17 at 4.32.47 PMAnd if you did, you would have also gotten it right. This question puts me at 4 for 6 this season.

The Sun-Maid girl was a real girl. Presented for you are ten more people used to advertise products, either today or historically. All you have to say is whether that person is real or not. The ones that are fake are depictions that are not based on any one person, and/or the name of the company is just a made up person. Good luck!

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1. Fake – Aunt Jemima is based upon stereotypical characters of 1930s minstrel shows.
2. Fake – Betty Crocker was never a real person, just a character created by General Mills in 1921. All depictions of her are just various artists’ person renditions of what she could look like.
3. Real – Italian immigrant Ettore Bioardi was the creator and mascot for Chef Boyardee, who died in 1985.
4. Real – McKee Foods founder O.D. McKee used his granddaughter Debbie’s likeness for Little Debbie. Today, Debbie McKee-Fowler is the Executive VP of McKee Foods.
5. Fake – The Morton Salt girl has never been based on a real person, despite rumors.
6. Real – Born in Indiana and a Purdue alum, Orville Redenbacher was a real businessman who dominated the popcorn industry and appeared on commercials. He died in 1995.
7. Real – Founded in 1982, Newman’s Own was created by Paul Newman, who was certainly a real person. Newman died in 2008.
8. Fake – The Quaker Oats man is not based on any person, which includes the rumored William Penn. The name of the mascot is Larry.
9. Real – The name Uncle Ben comes from a Houston rice farmer whose rice was used for WWII rations. The picture is of Frank Brown, the maitre d’ of a Chicago restaurant.
10. Real – Melinda Lou Morse, who was nicknamed Wendy by herself as unable to pronounce her first name, was the daughter of Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas. The picture shown is a likeness of a portrait of her’s, where she wears the blue and white striped blouse.



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