The inspiration for Big Boy's name, as well as the model for its mascot, was Richard Woodruff (1932–1986) of Glendale, California.
When he was six years old, Woodruff walked into the diner Bob's Pantry as Bob Wian was attempting to name his new hamburger.
This motivated a common Big Boy mark, derived with elements of both predecessors, (B) and (C).
He retained the look of the West Coast figure (C) but assumed the running pose and orientation of the East Coast figure (B).
Unlike West Coast designs (A) and (C), he held the hamburger in both hands and was always running to his left. This scheme introduced the modern Big Boy character and is the model for the iconic fiberglass statues.
Known as the "East Coast Big Boy", he was copyrighted by Frisch's and used for statues and comic books for Frisch's, and its subfranchisees Manners and Azar's.Although still used by that chain, some Frisch's restaurants currently display the West Coast statue instead.In recent years, Big Boy statues have come into conflict with local zoning ordinances.In the late 1960s, both characters were redrawn to appear similar, incorporating the checkered outfit, pompadour and hamburger above the raised arm from the West Coast design, and the running pose and direction of the East Coast design.In the 1980s, the hamburger was removed from the West Coast design; representing a de-emphasis of the hamburger in North American Big Boy restaurants, it also accommodated the Japanese Big Boy restaurants, which do not serve hamburgers on a bun. The first Big Boy (left) was derived from a sketch by Warner Brothers animation artist Bennie Washam in 1937.This article is about the general history of the Big Boy restaurant chain including Big Boy Restaurants International. For for additional history specific to Frisch's Big Boy, see Frisch's.Frisch's Big Boy Restaurants is a restaurant chain with its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.Wian said, "Hello, Big Boy" to Woodruff, and the name stuck. animation artist Ben Washam sketched Richard's caricature, which became the character seen on the company trademark.The "West Coast Big Boy" mascot was revised, fiberglass statues molded, schemes created for menus and building designs, and a comic book for children launched.Typically drawn with the hamburger atop his right arm, occasionally the hamburger was raised atop his left arm.Differences between the East and West Coast designs, including the statues, created confusion along the Ohio-Michigan border where Frisch's and Elias Brothers operated.