The Icons Will Not Be Held Back!

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Mock if you will advertising-industry press (us included), but the icon portion of Advertising Week just will not be kept down. Sure, they may have gotten rid of the parade and busted them down to a panel questioning the very usefulness of icons -- "Do Icons Build Brands?" indeed.

But voting will continue, my critter-loving friends! There's an Advertising Icon Museum opening up in Kansas City next year and it's got to be filled. So this year, the American people will once again go to the polls and pick a winner in the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame.

And we've got a list of the nominees. How did we get this top-secret intel? That I can't divulge, but a source close to the contest says of the leakers, "That group is like swiss cheese. ... I think it's funny how we give out the list in confidence -- not that it's CIA material -- and 30 minutes later it lands at Ad Age!"

This year's list of nominees (along with my editorializing): AOL Running Man, Budweiser Clydesdales, Burger King (though I'm not sure if it's the old one or the new creepy one), California Raisins, Chick-Fil-A Cows, Charlie the Tuna (destined to be the Susan Lucci of this contest), Coppertone Girl, Crash Test Dummies, Doublemint Twins, Energy Hog (say what?), Fruit of the Loom Guys, Geico Cavemen, Keebler Elves, Little Debbie (mmmmm, Fudgerounds), Maytag Repairman (how is this guy not already in there?), McGruff the Crime Dog, Morris the Cat, Mr. Goodwrench, MSN Butterfly (what?!?), Orville Redenbacher (again, the old one or the new creepy one?), Serta Sheep, Smokey the Bear, Snap Crackle & Pop, the Travelocity Gnome, Twinkie the Kid and the Vlasic Stork.

We've also got the list of slogan nominees, but I don't have the time to type all that foolishness. I'll just say that it's sort of creepy that "If You See Something, Say Something" has made the cut.