TheCheese From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 34433 times:
I remember one of my dad's friends telling me when I was a kid (growing up in Anchorage) that the fellow on the tail of the plane was a local ANC VP from the airline. As I recall, he said that when they did the new liveries for the four 727s they had the art all ready for totem pole, the sourdough and the onion domes but couldn't find just the right picture for the other idea, an eskimo in a fur parka.
According to this friend of my dad's (an executive with AS at the time, his name was Hal something... this was at least 30 years ago) they were going through the office trying to find a picture that they owned the rights to (as opposed to having to pay someone for their likeness or license a stock image), and found one of some company bigwigs in parkas at some remote Alaskan station. The ad agency took the photo, made it all contrasty (which turned the whitey bigwig into an eskimo in the process) and that was the picture they ended up using.
Now, this is all out of my faulty memory, told by someone who was probably rather drunk at the time, so take this story with a grain of salt.
Virgin747 From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 34403 times:
Its me..... Just kidding.... The topic thread just intrigued me. I wouldnt go that far and put my face on a plane.... Although I would be flattered if United named a A320 after me. I seen some UAL planes with names...
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21972 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 34367 times:
As a kid, I used to see the tails when coming into LAX but couldn't see the titles because the planes were parked and hidden most of the time, and the script was pretty hard for a small kid to read at an angle.
It was a long time until my brain stopped making that connection and saw an eskimo.
I think it's funnier when it's Lincoln!
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
Bnamaxx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 33792 times:
AS considered getting rid of the eskimo back when they were looking to revise their look. It brought howls of protest. I think Chester or whoever he is may be here to stay. I did like some of the other old AS logos, like the totem pole, onion dome church. Retro jets anyone?
Access-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1941 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 33739 times:
All of you guy are wrong and have absolutely no sense of recognition....
Aspecially the ones saying that it looks like Bob Marley??? What kind of stuff are you smoking....
I have said this before on the forum here.....The person that the Eskimo on the Alaska tails resembles the most is the Actor John Laroquette....that used to play Dan Fielding on the sitcom Night Court.....