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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jul 4 19:23:36 UTC 2002

At 11:07 AM -0400 7/4/02, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>    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.
Fer sher.

Robert was a fellow-traveller of R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit
Serenaders, a somewhat funky string band.  They all holed up in a
nice country house in Sonoma County at the time, and Robert lived off
the royalties of "couch potato" and silk-screened T-shirts for a
while back then.  Some of the T-shirts featured a laid-back spud qua
couch potato, i.e. a "tuber".  Them was the days.


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