05/03/2005: And while researching that last post....
I found the picture of the iconic Big Boy in this Fark forums thread on "What's your favorite extinct restaurant chain?". The fascinating aspect about this thread (which I've not finished reading yet) is that apparently many of the chains mentioned aren't really extinct, but have apparently severely contracted their operations after a period of national expansion, and simply aren't seen anymore in certain areas of the country.
But I think the first post in the thread, featuring an old "Burger Chef and Jeff" ad from the period when Burger Chef introduced their "Works Bar", is priceless. Brings back many happy memories of a time (pre-teen and early teen years) when my mom used to bribe me to go shopping with her by telling me she'd take me to lunch at the Burger Chef on Chippewa in South St. Louis (which, last I looked, had become a Hardee's, and I don't know if it's still in business in that incarnation or not).
Another favorite post from that thread:
I remember Showbiz! Billy Bob and the Rock-A-Fire Explosion Band! They had this text-to-speech game (high tech at the time) that cost a token to play. I typed in some profanities and it said, with the stick-figure face on the screen frowning at me, "BILLY BOB WILL NOT SAY THAT!" I figured out that if you spelled them phonetcially and replaced the F with PH, well, hilarity ensued.
Len on 05.03.05 @ 08:21 AM CST