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Have it your way 

Almost all of us hit the drive-thru on occasion, and face it, lines from fast-food commercials -- "You deserve a break today," "Think outside the bun," "Have it your way," even "Where's the beef?" -- are part of common parlance. Doing fast-food commercials has proven a path to wealth and celebrity. (Check out the cover story beginning on page 14 for more.)

click to enlarge Laura Ben-Amots -  - Old Colorado City -  - Teacher -  - What's your favorite fast-food commercial? My 13- - year- - old son likes the Burger King guy who runs around on - the football field. -  - Do you like fast food? No. -  - Do you eat at fast-food restaurants? Yes. -  - Why patronize them if you don't like the food? - Because - it's fast. Nowadays, with everyone working so hard, you - find yourself doing things you don't like just to get the - family fed. Fast food is one of those things.
  • Laura Ben-Amots

    Old Colorado City

    Teacher

    What's your favorite fast-food commercial? My 13- year- old son likes the Burger King guy who runs around on the football field.

    Do you like fast food? No.

    Do you eat at fast-food restaurants? Yes.

    Why patronize them if you don't like the food? Because it's fast. Nowadays, with everyone working so hard, you find yourself doing things you don't like just to get the family fed. Fast food is one of those things.

click to enlarge Laurie Anderson -  - Chicago -  - Executive coach -  - What are your feelings about Jared, the guy featured in - the Subway commercials? I like real stories of real - people - who find ways to conquer something troubling to them. I - believe him. What he did, eating nothing but subs for a - year to lose weight, resonates with people. He represents - a voice: be logical, do what's possible, stay the course. -  - What's your favorite fast-food commercial? - Taco Bell's - "Think outside the bun." It has nothing to do with the - product. I don't like Taco Bell and never eat there, but it's - a clever line and I remember it. -  - What's the most annoying fast-food commercial? -  - Wendy's -- that guy, Dave, who started the company, - and his daughter. -  - Do you like fast food? I don't like Whoppers - and Big - Macs, but I'm a working mother. I like the concept of - food that's good for you that you can get quickly.
  • Laurie Anderson

    Chicago

    Executive coach

    What are your feelings about Jared, the guy featured in the Subway commercials? I like real stories of real people who find ways to conquer something troubling to them. I believe him. What he did, eating nothing but subs for a year to lose weight, resonates with people. He represents a voice: be logical, do what's possible, stay the course.

    What's your favorite fast-food commercial? Taco Bell's "Think outside the bun." It has nothing to do with the product. I don't like Taco Bell and never eat there, but it's a clever line and I remember it.

    What's the most annoying fast-food commercial? Wendy's -- that guy, Dave, who started the company, and his daughter.

    Do you like fast food? I don't like Whoppers and Big Macs, but I'm a working mother. I like the concept of food that's good for you that you can get quickly.

click to enlarge Gail Morrison -  - Pine Cliff -  - Teacher -  - Why is Jared, the guy in the Subway commercials, such a - cultural icon? Because of his maverick approach to - dieting. -  - What food commercials are particularly annoying? - The - beer commercials that cater to 20- to 30-year-old males - tend to be asinine. -  - Do you eat at fast-food joints? I'm a busy - working - mother with a 13-year-old boy who likes fast food, so I - use them now and then for convenience's sake.
  • Gail Morrison

    Pine Cliff

    Teacher

    Why is Jared, the guy in the Subway commercials, such a cultural icon? Because of his maverick approach to dieting.

    What food commercials are particularly annoying? The beer commercials that cater to 20- to 30-year-old males tend to be asinine.

    Do you eat at fast-food joints? I'm a busy working mother with a 13-year-old boy who likes fast food, so I use them now and then for convenience's sake.

click to enlarge Priscilla Marbaker -  - Rockrimmon -  - Landscape architect -  - Does Jared of Subway tend to inspire affection or - revulsion? I like him. He seems happy with his life. - He's - pretty uncomplicated. -  - What fast-food commercial do you find annoying? - Some - famous football player who sells pizza. He isn't very - excited about the pizza or about being there. -  - Do you ever use fast-food joints? Every once in - a while, - there's nothing like McDonald's french fries. Our kids - won't eat at McDonald's or Burger King, but they like La - Casita, so we do most of our fast food there.
  • Priscilla Marbaker

    Rockrimmon

    Landscape architect

    Does Jared of Subway tend to inspire affection or revulsion? I like him. He seems happy with his life. He's pretty uncomplicated.

    What fast-food commercial do you find annoying? Some famous football player who sells pizza. He isn't very excited about the pizza or about being there.

    Do you ever use fast-food joints? Every once in a while, there's nothing like McDonald's french fries. Our kids won't eat at McDonald's or Burger King, but they like La Casita, so we do most of our fast food there.

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