Uncovering the Advertising Week Icon Nominees

What’s perhaps the least exciting exclusive a writer at Ad Age could possibly get? Well, if you’re Ken Wheaton, you found out that it’s secretly finding the list of nominations of advertising icons to be voted on at this year’s Advertising Week in NY and will earn a coveted place in the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame. But it’s still kinda interesting and it’s worth it for Wheaton’s self-deprecating coverage. Here’s the list of selections, with his commentary included:

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.