Mojo & Jojo potatoes (1960); Couch potatoes (1976)

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Thu Jul 4 15:07:20 UTC 2002


    Greetings from New York City.  I rushed right to my John Mariani
potatoes.  Neither work has an entry!  Nothing on this American food! has a discussion of it.  Someone said it might be related to
"mojo" potatoes.
   A check for "jojo" potatoes on the USPTO web site surprisingly turns up
   However, "mojo" potatoes were trademarked and first used in 1960 by the
popular Shakey's Pizza chain.  This could be why "jojo" appears in the west
and not the east.
   I'll check "potatoes" info in the recently acquired Brownstone food
collection at NYU when I have time, in about three weeks.


   OED has "couch potato" from 1979.
   USPTO records show it was trademarked by Robert Armstrong of Dixon, CA,
with first use of July 15, 1976, and first use in commerce of April 20, 1977.



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