Yesterday, as I was tending to the sorghum crop I planted on one of the forgotten grassy patches of land between large box stores at a nearby strip mall, I happened to notice something. It was a cardboard sign, printed and placed by PepsiCo’s Pizza Hut subsidiary, reminding me and any other passer-bys that late nights just got, as they say, lit, thanks to the judicious application of pizzas, at least I think that’s what they were getting at. I was too distracted by an irregular red six-sided polygon that is supposed to evoke the image of the traditional Pizza Hut roof, but, in the context I saw it, looked like a car. A wedgy, 1980s-type of car. So I sketched some details to push it into automotobilhood, as you can see above. And below, animated:
Here’s the original sign, sans my additions, along with an old Pizza Hut franchise pic for reference:
That’s very evocative of a car, isn’t it? Something like a poor-person’s Aston Martin Lagonda, with pop-up headlights and sharp angles and a wedgy/sporty look? That’s what I was going for up top there.
Also, look at that Porsche 914 in that old picture there, next to those huge American wagons and sedans!
Oh, and that little image made me remember, barely, the little guy Pizza Hut used to use:
Hey, he had a name! Pete! He sort of dressed like a combination between a stereotypical cartoon Italian pizza chef and a cowboy? Hell of a moustache, too.
Oh, and that roof design that started all this goofiness: that seems to have been designed by an architect named Richard D. Burke, and the deal he worked with the fledgling Pizza Hut company back in the 1960s, when they were still too broke to actually, you know, pay for Burke’s work, was that he’d get $100 per every store they built with that roof style. As of 2004, there were 6,300 stores, so he did pretty okay.