Folks, BOTG couldn’t (definitely wouldn’t) have happened without these companies, their wonderful products and the characters created to sell them to impressionable young folk like I was once.  I can take no credit for their creation, so please let me offer my thanks to the following:


General Mills

Banana Wackies Gorilla, Baron Von Redberry, Boo Berry, Buzz Bee, Cheeri O’Leary, Count Chocula, Crazy Cow, Franken Berry, Frostman, Frosty O’s Bear, Fruit Brute, Hoppity Hooper, Ice Cream Jones, Johnny Jet, Kaboom, Kix Blue Cow, Kix Pajama Boy, Lucky the Leprechaun, Magic Puffs Magic Hat, Milkman, Mr. Moonbird, Mr. Wonderfull, Oatman, Sir Grapefellow, Sonny, The Sprinkle Spangles Genie, Trix Rabbit, Twinkles Sprinkler, Wackies Boy, Waldo the Wizard, Wendell, Yummy Mummy

Homestat Farm Cereals

Marky Maypo


Antoinette, The Apple Jacks Kids, Big Yella, Bixby Beaver, The Blue Gnu, Coco, Cornelius Rooster, Dig’Em, Hill Billy Goat, Joe the OJ’s Orange Rancher, Jose, Mrs. Tony, Poppy, Rootin’ Tootin’, Shelly the Turtle, Smaxey Seal, Snap, Crackle & Pop, Sugar Pops Pete, Sunny the Raisin Bran Sun, Tony Jr., Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam, Triple Snack Giraffe, Whoo the Wizard of Oats


Buffalo Bee, Klondike Pete, Munchy, Pardner, the Spoonmen


The Alpha-Bits Kid, Alpha-Bits Sailor Boy, The Alpha-Bits Wizard, Alphie, Blob, Cracko the Waker Upper Bird, Crispy, Dandy, Handy & Candy, Elijah, Granny Goodwitch, Honeycomb Kid, Linus the Lionhearted, Lovable Truly, Magic Oven Baker, The Raisin Bran Fairies, Rory, The Sparkles Genie, Sugar Bear

Quaker Oats

Alfie, Brunhilde, Cap’n Crunch, Captain Vitaman, Carlyle, The Crunchberry Beast, Dave, Harry S. Hippo, Iron Mike, Jean LaFoote, King Vitaman, Magnolia Bulkhead, Quake, Quisp, Sea Dog, Simon the Quangaroo, Sir Laffitup, Smedley, The Soggies, Squish the Sogmaster, The SS Guppy, Wilma the Winsome White Whale


The Black Knight, Cecil, The Checkerboard Scarecrow, Chip the Cookie Hound, Cookie Crook, Cookie Jarvis, Dinky, The Freakies, The Freakies Tree, The Fruit Islands, Hee Hee, Howler, King Ayummayumma, Majormoon, Mr. Waffles, Officer Krum, Waffelo Bill ‘n’ His Horse, Wheat Germ Weightlifters

And let’s not forget those able-bodied reinforcements!

The Campbell Soup Company

The Campbell Soup Kids

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (Hawaiian Punch)


Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company, Inc.

The Fruit Stripe Zebra


Chester Cheetah, The Frito Bandito

Interstate Bakeries Corp. (Hostess)

Captain Cupcake, Fruit Pie the Magician, King Ding Dong, Twinkie the Kid

J&J Snack Foods Corp. (Icee)

The Icee Bear

The Keebler Company

Ernie the Keebler Elf

Kraft Foods

The Kool-Aid Man, Mr. Peanut


The Nesquik Bunny