Peacock - Technicolor peacock mascot and logo for the National
Broadcasting Company with a total of 11 plumes in its tail. The NBC peacock was
introduced in 1956, retired in December 31, 1975 and replaced by a strange
triangular design resembling the letter "N" and then reinstated a few years
later with a more modern look. In 1993, NBC commissioned seven artist (including
Al Hirshfield, Peter Max and John Kricfalusi) to create new animated on-air IDs.
On the late night talk show LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN/NBC/1993+, Conan
O'Brien occasionally invited Polly the NBC Peacock (a cardboard cut out with
moveable beak) to visit the show and promote upcoming NBC programs.
During sweeps month in February 1997 Polly enticed audience members to watch
the NBC miniseries Asteroid by forecasting that before the asteroid hit
the Earth everyone has sex in the streets. Polly then said "The only safe place
to be is NBC" and warned that those who didn't watch would get diarrhea; that
women's milk would dry up; and men would go sterile.
In 1997, NBC debuted an animated singing peacock named Johnny Chimes.
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