Advertising Age Article Abstract
AOL Icon Runs Away With Popular Vote ... at AOL-Sponsored Gala During Advertising Week
Official Assures Adages Running Man's Win Is Legit, a Result of No-Holds-Barred Push From Marketer
When the AOL Running Man received a popular-vote induction into the Madison Avenue Walk of Fame during Advertising Week's opening ceremony yesterday, the surprise victory raised a few eyebrows and two major questions. One, how did a 13-year-old advertising icon beat out the likes of Ronald McDonald, Smokey the Bear, the Pillsbury Doughboy and the Jolly Green Giant? And two, didn't AOL sponsor the opening gala where the awards were announced? Paging Katherine Harris -- we demand a recount! ...