Dear Inman: Back in the 1960s I remember TV commercials about talking fruit for some kind of drink mix a la Kool Aid. The phrase “Funny Face” comes to mind. What I’m really trying to find are the names of the characters (or flavors). Yes, I’m old. Yes, this is silly. But it must be done! Thanks. – Tim, Salt Lake City
Dear Tim: There, there. As we grow older, silly things sometimes must be done to remind us of when we were young and silly, you big silly man.
The flavor-characters were, in alphabetical order, Choo Choo Cherry, Freckle Face Strawberry, Jolly Olly Orange, Lefty Lemon, Loud Mouth Lime, Rootin’ Tootin’ Raspberry and the least successful flavor, Barney Brussels Sprout.
Nah, just kidding.
The rest of them were all Funny Face drink mixes, marketed through oodles of animated TV commercials in the 1960s. Here’s a commercial: