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Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:25 pm

just curious... who is that guy on the tail of all AS planes? Any significance? Just a random guy?
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:31 pm

I've heard it's supposed to be an eskimo, I guess you can consider him random. It's not of any significance that I'm aware of.

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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:38 pm

Alaska Airlines Logo (by LIPH Jul 6 2006 in Civil Aviation) The Eskimo's Name (by PieTpaFlSun Mar 20 2005 in Civil Aviation) Alaska Airlines Tail Eskimo (by Highguy76 Jul 8 2003 in Civil Aviation)
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:54 pm

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.
 
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:58 pm

It is the late great Johnny Cash.

Mosre A-net probaby will remember him for his song, "I've Been Everywhere" which was the opening music for the remake of the movie, "Flight of the Phoenix"
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:00 pm

Isnt his name like Bob or someting??? i know that they were thinking of changing it to mountians and they got shut down on that idea.
 
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:11 pm

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...
 
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:18 pm

His name is Chester.

There is the rumor that he is named for Chester Seevek who was an Inupiaq who worked for Wien Air in Kotzbue to greet tourists, this however is just a rumor.
 
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:21 pm

Abraham Lincoln

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!
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:23 pm

PS - always looked like the Lincoln from Mount Rushmore, since it has such heavy shadows.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rushmore

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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:07 pm

That "guy" as you called , is my mother.
Yes, I know, she may look a little "rough", but you know, it ain't easy to live in Alaska!

OK, seriously, he is a Eskimo. during the 70's ( I guess) AS had different tails, one was this one ( a slightly different version).

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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:17 pm

Quoting Ordryan28 (Reply 1):
It's not of any significance that I'm aware of.

Of course it's significant . . . it's the AS Logo . . .it represents AS roots as an Alaska borne and bred airline.

That's like saying the Kangaroo logo on QF aircraft has no significance.  sarcastic 

Quoting Ordryan28 (Reply 1):
I've heard it's supposed to be an eskimo,

Noooooo, really?

Quoting Flamedude707 (Thread starter):
just curious... who is that guy on the tail of all AS planes? Any significance? Just a random guy?
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Alaska Airlines Logo (by LIPH Jul 6 2006 in Civil Aviation)
The Eskimo's Name (by PieTpaFlSun Mar 20 2005 in Civil Aviation)
Alaska Airlines Tail Eskimo (by Highguy76 Jul 8 2003 in Civil Aviation)
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:18 pm

There is an urban myth that his name is Chester, named after a real person but neither is actually true. He's just the likeness of an eskimo - none in particular.
 
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:09 pm

I think he looks like Bob Marley, much more fun than a random eskimo!

IMO the AS scheme is one of the most inspiring out there, rare to see such an evocative image on the tail of an aircraft these days.

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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:07 pm

Back when Leo Mullin was the CEO of Delta there was a rumor about buying AS.

Why did Leo want to buy Alaska?

To make em take the picture of his wife off the tail.
 
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:33 pm

Isn't it supposed to be a Northwest flight attendant?

Or is she United?

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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:45 pm

Quoting Virgin747 (Reply 6):
Although I would be flattered if United named a A320 after me.

A United A320 named "Virgin747"?  Smile
 
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:03 pm

It's definitely Bob Marley!
 
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:05 am

I heard that it's supposed to be Merv Griffin.
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:17 am

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?
 
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:18 am

Quoting Flamedude707 (Thread starter):
just curious... who is that guy on the tail of all AS planes? Any significance? Just a random guy?

Its a united fa. lol
 
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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:47 am

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.....


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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:53 am

I still say it looks like Merv Griffin! Also, look closely at the facial lines.

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RE: Who's That Guy On The Alaska Tail?

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:54 am

Quoting Bnamaxx (Reply 19):
Retro jets anyone?

just wait a few months your wish may be granted.