Sunday, December 3, 2017

Avoid The Noid

Here's one any '80s kid could appreciate! While I'm not a fan of Domino's Pizza, The Noid is too nostalgic not to love.

The Noid, for those who don't know, was a advertising anti-mascot of sorts for Domino's Pizza and we were all instructed to "avoid the Noid".  I was never quite sure what a Noid was outside of something that rhymed with "avoid".  

The Noid campaign lasted from 1986 to 1989.  The end of the Noid resulted from a rather odd incident when a mentally ill man named Kenneth Lamar Noid thought that the advertisements were making fun of him personally and to get even he held a couple of Atlanta Domino's employees hostage for five hours making them make him a salad and pizza while making demands such as $100,000 and getaway transportation.  I made none of that up.

The card is different from most I do in that it's really just a card made to be autographed without a vintage trading card design theme.  I was lucky enough to have it autographed by Domino's founder Tom Monaghan and the voice of the Noid, Pons Maar.  Pons is more notable for playing the nightmarish lead Wheeler in 1985's Return To Oz.  Pons was nice enough to add an "avoid me" inscription.  

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