Pillsbury - Thursday, August 13, 2015

The picture to the right may look familiar to anyone who read yesterday's blog because, well, it's the same picture.  On Wednesday, we discussed the Nestle Company - one of the most powerful organizations in the world - because they are the official 'sponsors' of the miniature car in the photo.  Today, we would like to talk about the dough boy in the driver's seat.  Of course, the phrase "dough boy" traditionally refers to a military man, specifically someone who fought in World War I.  The history of the word is unclear, but it's thought the nickname may have been inspired as far back as the Mexican-American War of the 1840's, when U.S. troops got covered in the dust and dirt of Mexico they marched through, and started to look like bakers.  No, we are actually talking about a boy who, in theory, was made of dough.

Of course, our dough boy wasn't made of just any type of dough, but only the finest Pillsbury dough, refrigerated and ready to pop in the oven to bake at your convenience.  More specifically, his name is Poppin' Fresh, and he was born (some might say created) in 1965, by Rudy Perz, responsible for the Pillsbury ad campaign at the Leo Burnett Company.  When Poppin' Fresh first emerged from his Pillsbury Crescent Roll can, he was a stop-animation character voiced by Paul Frees, likely better recognized as the voice of Boris Badenov of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (he also voiced the "Ghost Host" at Disney's Haunted Mansion and the original Jolly Green Giant!).  

Poppin' Fresh enjoyed the greatest fame until his semi-retirement just a few years ago, in 2004, although he even more recently appeared in a Geico Insurance commercial.  Now, of course, he shows up in CGI rather than stop animation.  And following up on yesterday's disclosure that the Nestle Company is the largest provider of food products in the world, we can say with some confidence that they do not, in fact, own the dough boy or Pillsbury.  Initially, that would have been General Mills.  Now, the J.M. Smuckers Company controls Poppin' Fresh's future, the same people famous for jams and ice cream toppings!
QUESTION:  Every good American with a knowledge of the Poppin' Fresh family knows that PF has his own pet cat.  What is his name?
A)  Poppie Fresh
B)  Flapjack
C)  Bun-Bun
D)  Popper
ANSWER BELOW

WEATHER FORECAST:  FOG.  If you've never heard of Will Rogers, it's worth checking him out.  During the 1920s and early '30s, he was one of the most popular Americans out there, outspokenly trying to help the little guy during the rough days of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, he not only made fun of the most famous people in the world during his life, but he was also friends with them, too.  He died on this day in 1935 with one of the era's most famous pilots - Wiley Post - in an airplane accident in the isolated town of Barrow, Alaska.

QUOTE:  When I die, my epitaph...is going to read, "I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I didn't like."  I am so proud of that I can hardly wait for it to be carved. - Will Rogers.

ANSWER:  B)  Flapjack.  Poppie Fresh is Poppin's' love interest, Bun-Bun is the baby dough person, and Popper is the little boy dough...um...boy.