A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 21, 2009
Joe Bag of Donuts (Joe Bag o’ Donuts)

"Joe(y) Bag a/o’/of Donuts/Doughnuts” is a name for the average citizen, similar to “Joe Sixpack.” “Let some ordinary citizen—some Joe Bag-a-donuts” was written by Rus Walton in The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA) on November 21, 1972. It’s not known of Walton was the first to use the term.

Other similar names for the average American include Joe Citizen/John Citizen/Jane Citizen, Joe Taxpayer/John Taxpayer/Jane Taxpayer, Joe Voter/John Voter/Jane Voter, John Q. Public/Jane Q. Public, Mr. and Mrs. America and Sally Soccer-mom


Wikipedia: WLUP-FM
WLUP-FM (97.9 “The Loop") is an AOR FM radio station serving the Chicago metropolitan area. It is owned by Emmis Communications. WLUP transmits its signal from an antenna located the top of the Willis Tower in Downtown Chicago at a height of 1,390 feet with an effective radiated power of 4,000 watts. WLUP can be heard as far away as Kalamazoo, Michigan, which is 90 miles from Chicago.
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Advertising and Promotion
In the early 1990s, WLUP aired a popular television commercial featuring a fat man dubbed “Joey Bag O’ Donuts” dancing to Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”. In the time span since the original commercial was aired, the footage of the dancing fat man in the commercial has been used by numerous other radio stations across the country. The original WLUP commercial was re-created in the mid-late 2000s and briefly featured Kelly the Loop Rock Girl.

21 November 1972, The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA), “Boss Moretti Tells Court Where To Go” by Russ Walton, pg. 4, col. 2:
Let some ordinary citizen—some Joe Bag-a-donuts—tell the Court to go to hell and what happens? Joe goes to jail, that’s what. But not (Assembly Speaker Bob—ed.) Moretti.

Google Books
The Chronicle of the Horse
Volume 42, Issues 14-26
1979
Pp. 42, 46:
... Joe Bag O Donuts ...

25 November 1983, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, “On the town” by John Corr, pg. F22, cols. 2-3:
COMEDY: Dom Irrera, who spent his tender years hanging out on street corners in Southwest Philadelphia, is back in town this weekend for appearances tonight and tomorrow at the Comedy Factory Outlet, 31 Bank St.

A lot of Dom’s material is based on those years. He discusses such matters as “how to talk to your mudder, how to be Italian” and “how to act on the corner.” He also introduces the audience to such neighborhood personalities as Louie the Woman, Joe Bag-a-donuts and Big Peety.

! December 1985, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “When Bowsing at The Beachcomber Becomes Way of Life: South Mission Beach Is IT for Many Old-Timers” by Janny Scott, pt. 2, pg. 19, col. 1:
Nicknames are big in this circle: Electric Charlie, Joe Bag O’ Doughnuts, Yosemite Sam.

6 February 1986, Centre Daily Times (State College, PA), “Cuts,” pg. A-8, col. 4:
“The average citizen, just old Joe-Bag-of-Doughtnuts out there, is getting kicked in the stomach every time they turn around.”
(Spoken by Dale Parnell, president of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges.—ed.)

22 March 1990, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, “Hiring Gillen would give A&M something to crow about” by John Maher, pg. C1:
DALLAS—I went over to Reunion Arena Wednesday to get some one-liners from Xavier’s quotable coach, Pete Gillen.
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“I’m just Joe Bag of Donuts, Harvey Sweatsocks, Joe Slice of Pizza,” he likes to tell reporters. His idea of a great meal is roast beef and potatoes.

8 November 1990, San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune, pg. D2:
“I’m (Xavier University basketball coach Pete Gillen—ed.) just Joe Bag o’ Donuts; I’m just Joe Slice of Pizza; I’m just a caraway seed in the bakery of life.”

15 October 2004, Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard, “Moe’s poised to bring Tex-Mex cuisine Upstate” by Bob Niedt, pg. C1, col. 5:
Moe’s features from-scratch Southwestern dishes with wacky names. Burritos bear the names of Joey Bag of DOnuts, Homewrecker and Art Vanadalay.

Moe’s Southwest Grill
BURRITOS
Joey Bag of Donuts
Choice of grilled meat, beans, rice, shredded cheese and pico de gallo

Urban Dictionary
Joey Bag o’ Donuts
A term used in Italian-American communites (particularly in the Philadelphia area and eastward) to describe a fat person. Italian-American for “fat-ass.”
Hey Joey Bag o’ Donuts, how ‘bout you put down that cannoli and help me dump this body into the river.
#joey baggadonuts#joey bag ‘o’ donuts#joey baggodonuts#joey bag o donunts#joey bag a donuts#joey bagadonuts#joey bagodonuts#fatass#fat-ass
by AlRamMass April 23, 2011

Google Books
The Story of Joey B. O. D.: The Story of Joey Bag of Donuts
David DEJesus
Independent Publisher, Jun 1, 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
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