W.Va. City: Hands Off Our Big Boy Statue

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A cheeseburger-loving lad is at the center of a complicated dispute over whether his checkered overalls can grace a West Virginia city's monument.

The lad in question is the famous Big Boy Restaurant icon.

A statue of him adorns a monument in Charleston's west side that pays tribute to Alex Schoenbaum, who founded Shoney's restaurant near that spot.

Shoney's was once a Big Boy franchisee, but left the fold in 1976.

Now, Warren, Mich.-based Big Boy International wants the statue taken down, saying it's an unauthorized use of the trademark.

Schoenbaum's daughter emily, who conceived of the monument, says that's not the case because the grinning statue doesn't adorn a restaurant or other type of business.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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