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  6. Jun 2016
    1. Title: What is it? An oral history of Izzy, the mascot marketing snafu of Olympic proportions - Atlanta Magazine

      Keywords: fantastic mascot—cobi, public appearances—, bob cohn, atlanta-based artist, york city, billy wanted, spanish art, children thought, vice president, senior director, blue blob, acog spokesperson, billy looked, easy character, olympic city, olympic games, olympic bid, question billy

      Summary: <br>Bob Cohn, cofounder of public relations agency Cohn & Wolfe, member of Payne’s mascot committee: In Barcelona in 1992, they had a fantastic mascot—Cobi, who was typical of Spanish art and filled with creativity.<br>Some of them wrote us back letters [that essentially said] “The nerve!” or “We’re not doing anything for nothing.”<br>So it couldn’t be characters that existed in Georgia lore.<br>Somebody sent us a deer.<br>John Ryan, then senior director at DESIGNefx, the animation division of Crawford Communications: The basic job was to design something that would appeal to children and broadly on a world stage.<br>Photograph by Rich Mahan/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP<br>It wore five Olympic rings—two on its eyes and three on its tail—and oversized sneakers nearly half the size of its body.<br>Bob Brennan, then ACOG spokesperson: Billy Payne wanted to do something modern, reflective of the technological world we lived in.<br>You had movies like Jurassic Park, Total Recall.<br>Shuman: I received Hi-Rez right at the deadline, a Friday.<br>When Billy looked at that [proposal], he said, “Gee whiz, wow.<br>Payne: As CEO of the Olympic Games, I felt it was both our responsibility and within my authority to make whatever decisions needed to be made.<br>Shuman: By the time I got back on Monday afternoon, Ginger told me Billy had made his decision.<br>Were we raising enough money?<br>Shuman: You didn’t question Billy.<br>Payne: The logical question that you would ask on seeing it is “What is it?” I guess we just said, “Well, we should just put it into one word.”<br>Shuman: The name, Whatizit, was almost worse than the character itself.<br>Does it all run together?<br>Ryan: We had to have [final] designs submitted by March [1992], knowing it’d be debuted in August at the Barcelona Games.<br>It really looked funky.<br>In a huge stadium it can’t be little.<br>Shuman: To generate interest about the mascot, we did these billboards all over town saying, “Whatizit?” We built up this huge anticipation.<br>Ryan: It was made very clear that if secrecy was violated, Crawford could lose future contracts.<br>Photograph courtesy of Harry Shurman<br>Meanwhile an amorphous animated character filled the stadium’s video monitors.<br>Evans: I took the field with Gregg Burge, the famous New York [tap] dancer.<br>Joel Babbit, CEO of the Narrative Content Group, veteran ad exec who worked with Payne to promote the Olympic bid, and City Hall’s first-ever chief marketing and communications officer under Jackson: If Maynard had an opinion, he kept it to himself.<br>“How do you say ‘Whatizit’ in Mandarin?”<br>Like, this is it?<br>Completely and totally horrified.<br>They’re complaining: This is terrible.<br>But [ACOG] had a lot riding on the mascot financially from license sales.<br>Robert Hollander, then ACOG’s vice president of licensing: My heart dropped into my stomach.<br>Hula: It’s something that’s supposed to evoke an image of Atlanta, the host city, and it really didn’t do that at all.<br>We didn’t even think we were compelled to do something that would make somebody in Australia say, “That mascot must be from Atlanta, Georgia.” It never crossed our minds.<br>It was sort of like a bigger Charlotte.<br>Photograph courtesy of R. Land<br>Ronnie Land, an Atlanta-based artist, better known as R. Land, who has made Izzy-inspired art: This was our “Hey, world, we’re Atlanta” moment.<br>LaTara Smith (née Bullock), ACOG’s “project coordinator for Izzy appearances” during the Olympics: I’ve heard everything from toothpaste to blue blob.<br>Hiskey: People were going to focus on the crazy blue thing because there wasn’t a lot of other cool stuff here.<br>Bob Hope, president of Atlanta-based public relations firm Hope-Beckham Inc.: I thought [Billy] briefly lost his mind.<br>Kevin Sack, a New York Times reporter based in Atlanta, wrote in a 1996 story that “[i]t is precisely Izzy’s nothingness that has unwittingly made him an apt symbol for this Olympic city.<br>Whatizit’s costume made Mike Luckovich’s punchline.<br>People were embarrassed [by Whatizit].<br>You wish people would look at the good stuff instead of focusing on the minutiae and losing the big picture.<br>Campbell: I suspect I hurt some people’s feelings.<br>Photograph by Raymond McCrea Jones<br>ACOG officially retired Whatizit in October 1993.<br>It worked.<br>Babbit: I liked the name Izzy.<br>Jacqueline Blum, senior vice president of Film Roman, the animation studio behind The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Garfield and Friends, which produced an Izzy cartoon for TV: Izzy was a character created by committee.<br>Ryan: You got into a scenario where you have multiple art directors and bosses.<br>Hope: [Izzy was] like New Coke.<br>Smith: Izzy developed a nose.<br>Shuman: We had these stars coming out of his tail at one point.<br>I raised my hand and said, “Maybe not?” They left the shoes the way they are.<br>The costume had to get softer.<br>Evans: Children loved the mascot.<br>I’d guess probably close to 15 percent.<br>Watkins: I’m guessing [the bestselling item] would be the doll that was 12 inches that could be carried under a kid’s arm.<br>Lounge chair pillows.<br>Shuman: Billy wanted to market the shoes.<br>Blum: It’s not a particularly easy character to animate.<br>Hollander: Our broadcast partner, NBC, had gotten out of the children’s program business.<br>Watkins: They created an Izzy balloon that flew in New York City in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.<br>Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore<br>Evans helped create a mascot program that recruited volunteers through auditions.<br>Smith: By the time the Olympics came around, we had upwards of 20 Izzys that could be in different places at one time.<br>I asked [Izzy], “How does one become the mascot?” They were having tryouts the next weekend.<br>Don’t exclude children.<br>For example, Izzy loved everyone, so whether it was a critic or a fan, you didn’t show any negative emotion.<br>Izzy had a size 22 sneaker, so you had to fit your shoe inside Izzy’s shoe, inside another little pocket, and be able to walk around in his big feet.<br>Jay: You entered through the top of his mouth.<br>Smith: A lot of children thought it would be fun to swing on the tail.<br>Evans: The lighting bolt eyebrows and rings on the tail were prime targets for being pulled, punched, or ripped off for a souvenir.<br>Smith: Handlers began watching the perimeter.<br>Photograph courtesy of Harry Shuman<br>Is he still waiting for a shuttle bus?<br>Smith: We took over one of the Olympic headquarters offices.<br>Other times it would be outside as a crowd-pleaser.<br>Jay: We were instructed to wear the Izzy costume 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off, because you would sweat.<br>Wilsterman: There were two fans at the top of Izzy’s head [inside the costume].<br>I was able to whisper into a little microphone that went into the escort’s ear.<br>Smith: Izzy didn’t talk.<br>Izzy didn’t do public appearances—only [ones for] ticketed sponsors.<br>Brennan: I don’t think Izzy showed up at the closing ceremony.<br>Jay: When the flame went out, so did Izzy.<br>The question came up: Can someone dress up in the Izzy costume to greet visitors in the Atlanta History Center?<br>Photograph courtesy of LaTara Smith<br>Smith: I still have one of the Izzy costumes.<br>Payne: People didn’t like it.<br>I never lost my enthusiasm for Izzy.<br>Was it the greatest experience of my life?<br>Evans: I do appreciate the originality and willingness to do something different.<br>Land: Atlanta tries so hard to be what we think the world wants to view us as.<br>Shuman: Izzy was kind of like Colony Square—a little bit before his time.<br>Smith: It would’ve been easier to have a phoenix.<br>It didn’t say anything.<br>Babbit: It doesn’t matter what it was.<br>It was bizarre.<br>An image of Izzy?<br>Shuman: Usually everything Billy touched turned to gold.<br>This article originally appeared in our July 2016 issue.<br>Tags: 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 1996 Olympics, Atlanta Olympics, Billy Payne, Izzy, John Ryan, Olympics, R. Land, Whatizit<br>

  7. Mar 2016
    1. Fortunately, there is good news: women have the power to turn everything around. All they have to do is surrender to their nature – their femininity – and let men surrender to theirs.

      women and men need to go back to caveman days because all of this is to complicated for this author's little brain.

    2. women need men’s linear career goals – they need men to pick up the slack at the office – in order to live the balanced life they seek.

      Women need to chil out with the whole "adulting" and "working" thing so men have something to do with their lives.

    3. Feminism serves men very well: they can have sex at hello and even live with their girlfriends with no responsibilities whatsoever.

      But what about everything else you just said? Now men are simple sex machines?

    4. It has also undermined their ability to become self-sufficient in the hopes of someday supporting a family. Men want to love women, not compete with them.

      Is that how basic men are? All they want is a submissive women and to be head of the household? Actual scientific studies say otherwise but I haven't written any books yet so what would I know?

    5. Now the men have nowhere to go.

      Oh no! What will poor little men do without a wife to take care of the housework?

    6. women pushed men off their pedestal (women had their own pedestal, but feminists convinced them otherwise)

      Thank you for clarifying as that made literally no sense without it. Who edited this for you?

    7. In a nutshell, women are angry. They’re also defensive, though often unknowingly. That’s because they’ve been raised to think of men as the enemy. Armed with this new attitude,

      Is this an objective view? It sounds more like bull shit but that is also my own subjective view.

    8. And in doing so, I’ve accidentally stumbled upon a subculture of men who’ve told me, in no uncertain terms, that they’re never getting married. When I ask them why, the answer is always the same. Women aren’t women anymore.

      The author claims that because women are not submissive little frilly creatures who take care of their husbands, that men no longer want to marry them.

    9. women have become the majority of the U.S. workforce. They’re also getting most of the college degrees. The problem? This new phenomenon has changed the dance between men and women.  

      The author claims that with women working and becoming educated, men are less interested in marrying them.

    1.  These men want full emotional lives and the permission to go off the man-script without fear of reprisal from people like Venker. The truth is, no man or woman is totally immune to the tumult created by this cultural shift in gender relations, and to suggest one is at fault for the other’s current lot is willfully blind.

      Perfectly said! Men's liberation is just as important as the women's liberation was.

    2. What’s at issue here is not whether gender relations have changed—everyone agrees on that. Venker wants to assign blame for these changes.

      Feminism (and men's liberation) aim to place blame on the patriarchal system, while meninism places blame on women.

    3. While it’s ostensibly intended to shame and blame a generation of he-women determined to emasculate their male counterparts, it is instead, somewhat unintentionally, a valuable entrée into what happens when the evolution of gender roles for men does not keep pace with that of women.

      The author demonstrates how important men's liberation is to our society. Similarly, the meninist movement is a product of this. While women were liberated from gender roles, our male counterparts weren't so lucky. Due to this, many men blame women, but what they don't understand is that they to, can get off their asses and fight for something they believe in.

    1. Why not do both? Why can’t we address the serious needs of modern men while having a laugh? What’s wrong with change through chortles?

      Umm maybe because those "chortles" encourage violence and all together stupidity? Just a thought...

    2. But, sadly, every movement has its swivel-eyed loons, and if you were to dismiss an entire “thing” on the basis of the outrageous comments of a few fringe lunatics, feminism would be redundant, too

      So the author describes feminism negatively due to a few misandrists, yet asks his readers not to do the same to a movement that advocates violence against women. Both feminism and meninism have valid views, along with misguided followers.

    3. By mocking height-obsessed women who are overweight, the feed cruelly exposes the vanities of modern American women.

      We're all vain and shallow, it's impossible to be completely free from these qualities.While the original meninist movement had actual goals, the parody of it is a joke. All it does is reinforce harmful stereotypes.

    4. What’s clear is that meninism isn’t new: it started as a starchy, intellectual movement over a year ago on feminist.com under the clarion call of “Meninist – equality for all”.

      While recently the meninist movement is relatively new to mainstream media, it started as a legit branch off from feminism.

    1. why is it that the claims aren't resonating, you know, in a broad-based way with a lot of men, the way feminism did?" she says.

      This could be because in a way the men's rights advocates are admitting to feminine traits. This is still frowned upon even in Western cultures.

    2. female students alleging rape on campus are actually voicing buyer's remorse for alcohol-fueled promiscuous behavior,

      This is disgusting. Rape is not something anyone should take lightly, it is a serious charge and I doubt that this quote is true. What should be addressed instead is how to teach boys not to rape and how college boards can make campus safer for women. Women aren't the only ones getting raped either.

    3. it's important to understand that anger is often vulnerability's mask. It's so crucial for us to see the vulnerability of the men that are hurting."

      That doesn't make it okay for them to spew women hate and shoot up schools. While it is important to help these people, it is also important to not ignore the severity of their actions. No matter how hurt a person is, they have the choice to act violently or peacefully. It is not okay to react violently no matter the situation and as a society we need to make this clear.

    4. says the men's rights movement has attracted a "hard-line fringe" who endorse violence and hatred against women.

      This is the anti-feminist branch of the men's liberation movement. This should show the importance of feminism in the men's liberation movement. Without it the group is just promoting women-hate, which obviously doesn't solve anything. In turn, this should show the opposite side of the movement that the feminism movement is the same way. While you have your crazy men haters and bra burners, you also have those regular people who value human life. These are the people fighting for both rights, same as the pro-feminist men's liberation fighters.

    5. feminism is more concerned with promoting the interests of women — often at the expense of men.

      Then that's not feminism.

    6. why are our sons much more likely to be the ones to shoot up schools?"

      This is probably because of the stereotype of hyper masculinity that men are expected to portray. Some of those traits are aggressiveness, and dominance which can lead to violence.

    7. that there are women's studies — but not men's studies — departments at universities.

      But there is a gender studies class which covers both. Is it really necessary to have an individual men's studies?

    8. Critics worry, however, that these sites are a breeding ground for misogyny.

      Feminist teachings are helpful to avoid this. By empowering feminine aspects in men and women, men's liberation and feminism are both benefiting.

    1. a pebble may be removed from the very foundations of feminism.

      Feminism isn't the problem here, If anything, feminism does more to advance the Men's Rights Movement that anything. It allows men to show their feminine traits without ridicule. By fighting against feminism you are fighting against equality.

    2. In reason and logic, it cannot be called a patriarchy.”

      While the author makes a valid point here, that men and women are both unequal to each other in different ways, he fails to notice that the patriarchy does exist. It is a system made to benefit men through their careers, but hurts them in the way that it provides strict gender roles and impossible standards.

    3. “The study also revealed that men aged 45-49 now suffer the highest rates of suicide – a figure which has increased significantly over the last five years

      This could be due to troubled family life and relationships due to involvement in work and pressures of hyper masculinity.

    4. Today, for the first time, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission will be called upon to recognise formally that men and boys can be in positions of systemic disadvantage and inequality in British life

      Although men face disadvantages in today's society, one could argue that they created these disadvantages for themselves. They declared that women were weak and unintelligent, therefore they stay at home with the family. A counter argument for this could also be that times have changed for women and now it should be time for men to also be liberated.

    1. we run into these institutions that still don't reflect that shift in our expectations and the world we want to live in," he said.

      While ideals are shifting, work policies aren't reflecting that. Due to this, men have a hard decision to make regarding family life or their career.

    2. The research shows that when something has to give in the work-life juggle, men and women respond differently. Women are more likely to use benefits like paid leave or flexible schedules, and in the absence of those policies, they cut back on work. Men work more.

      The men's decision may be better for the long run financially, it causes them to miss out on important moments in their children's lives.

    3. Of millennial men who were already fathers, 53 percent said it was better for mothers and fathers to take on traditional roles.

      Even though they'd like to have an egalitarian relationship with their spouse, many men have come to the conclusion that traditional roles work best to keep the family unit functioning.