So the other day I was watching TV with my mother and she confessed that she has always found the Quaker Oats man "attractive." By "Quaker Oats Man" I do not mean Wilford Brimley, who was the wholesome spokesperson for the oats for quite a while in the eighties and nineties
(although I am pretty sure she finds him attractive, too). No, I am referring to the drawing of a Quaker in Colonial garb.
Which, apparently, is one of the oldest advertising characters still in use. This may not strike some of you as odd at all. In fact, the Quaker Oats man may be right up a lot of your mothers' allys. But it was a shock for me, considering my mother's celebrity attraction record. Once you see who is on her list of loves, you'll be shocked, too.
1. David Lee Roth
Backless pants, ripped shirts, spandex...my mom loves it all.
2. Rod Stewart
She liked him best during his early eighties/late seventies period, which is evidenced by the time when she came into the house singing "If you want my body, and you think I'm sexy, come on baby let me know" in what were known as her "Lucky Britches."
Is he not the complete opposite of the Quaker Oats man?
4. Tom Jones
She actually got a chance to see Tom in concert with my older sister. She also has a Tom Jones mousepad in her office that she probably puts away when Elder Eyring pops in for a visit.
5. Elvis Presley
Sure, a lot of moms love Elvis, but do they suspend certain house rules just so they can shake their hips to "Burning Love"? Do their daughters own 3-D Elvis Christmas tree ornaments that PLAY "Burning Love"? Not usually.
Where does the Quaker man fit in among all these bad boys?
I'm still trying to figure it out. All I know is this: my mother gives me some pretty great blog fodder (blodder, if you will) and I am just gonna keep on rollin' with it.