Don't Forget. Dallas this Saturday at Club Dada. Be there!
I was feeling bad around this time last week.
I was feeling guilty for comparing
Tom always seemed like a pretty likable guy.
He’s always holding his guitar and smiling.
I mean, if you're going to pick on someone, why Tom Petty? There are so many better targets.
So, I felt bad. Tom didn't deserve it. I even apologized.
Then, I started noticing things.
I noticed that Tom's name
is quite similar to Pizza Hut's name
Actually, the names are almost mirror images of each other. For example, there are five letters in "Pizza" and five letters in "Petty."
Moreover, each word starts with a P, has two vowels, and has double consonants in the three and four slots.
Then there's "Hut" and "Tom."
Three letters, two consonants, one vowel. And that T in both names.
The similarities were too compelling, so I delved further.
Which of course means I went to Wikipedia.
There I found a bevy of similarities.
For example, did you know both Tom Petty and Pizza Hut came to existence in the fifties?
Pizza Hut started in 1958 when Dan and Frank Carney borrowed $600 from their mother Kathy and purchased some second-hand pizza-making equipment. They took a family pizza recipe, rented a small building, and opened the first restaurant at a busy intersection in Wichita, Kansas.
Tom Petty "started" when Petty's mom and dad got together in early 1950.
It was also something of a family recipe.
In 1977, Pizza Hut was acquired by Pepsico, along with KFC and Taco Bell.
Also in 1977, Tom Petty’s single "Breakdown" was re-released and peaked at #40, beginning his two-decade “ownership” of the pop charts.
In 1997, the three Pepsi restaurant chains-Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell-were spun off to Yum! Brands, and in 2002, they were joined by Long John Silver’s and A&W Restaurants.
The years don’t correspond, but it’s hard not to notice the similarities between those five big restaurants and another “Big 5” that joined forces in 1988: Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne, who were, of course, the Traveling Wilburys. I’ll leave it to you to match up each Wilbury with his correct fast food chain.
Hint: Roy Orbison is not Taco Bell.
Pizza Hut experiments with new products frequently. These include the Bigfoot, the 16 Big New Yorker, made with sweet sauce and a foldable crust, the Chicago Dish Pizza and Sicilian pizza, the latter also offered in 2006 as Lasagna Pizza.
Tom Petty experiments run the breadth of the entertainment industry. He’s explored many musical styles, with results that were, predictably, pretty good. He’s also had stints as an actor in movies such as The Postman, on TV shows such as It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and on cartoons such as The Simpsons and King of the Hill.
Wait a second.
King of the Hill.
This is starting to get interesting.
Until next week, when we’ll celebrate a very special anniversary. Anyone know what it is?