Showing posts with label Lone Ranger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lone Ranger. Show all posts

Aug 30, 2013

Cheery Oats

Cereal companies had wheat, corn, and rice, but none had a cereal with an oat base until 1941. CheeriOats were introduced as a “ready-to-eat” oat cereal. The name emphasized the main ingredient to differentiate itself from the other types of cereals.

Unfortunately for CheeriOats, Quaker Oats took offense to the name, claiming the “Oats” part infringed on their trademark. To avoid a potential lawsuit, the name was changed to Cheerios in 1945. It had a mascot named Cheeri O'Leary, but that was quickly dropped. In 1949, the Lone Ranger radio show needed a sponsor. General Mills obliged and the association with the Lone Ranger lasted for 20 years and helped propel Cheerios into the most popular breakfast cereal.

The shape inspired the updated name. The “O” shape was made by a specially designed “puffing gun”. Cheerio dough is heated and rapidly and shot out of this gun, which makes the dough puff into the “O” shape.

By 1951 Cheerios was the top-selling cold cereal sold by General Mills. Cheerios continues to dominate the cereal market with about one eighth of all cereal sales in the United States. It is sold in over 130 countries. Other varieties of Cheerios introduced over the years include honey nut, apple cinnamon, multi-grain, berry burst, fruity, banana nut, chocolate, and frosted.

May 25, 2012

Ten More Interesting Names

On Night Court, Nostradamus Shannon was better known as Bull.

2. On Entourage, Turtle’s real name is Salvatore Assante.

3. Sesame Street‘s resident game show host Guy Smiley was using a pseudonym all these years. He was born Bernie Liederkrantz.

4. The Michelin Man’s name is Bibendum.

5. Jonas Grumby was called The Skipper on Gilligan's Island.

6. The Professor on Gilligan's Island was Roy Hinkley.

7. The Shaggy of Scooby-Doo is Norville Rogers.

8. The Pillsbury Doughboy’s name is Poppin’ Fresh. He has a wife, Poppie Fresh, and two kids, Popper and Bun Bun.

9. The patient in the classic game Operation is Cavity Sam.

10. The true identity of The Lone Ranger was John Reid. He was also the uncle of the Green Hornet. Both radio series originated on Detroit radio.

Dec 24, 2010

Fred Foy

Sorry to add this one, but Fred Foy, the announcer for the Lone Ranger and Green Hornet shows passed away December 22. He started doing those series on radio in Detroit, where they both originated. I grew up there and enjoyed both of them on radio and TV. Did you know the theme song was Rossini's 'William Tell Overture'.   LINK    Here is a guitar version LiNK   Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. . .