Hiding the Colonel

I’m a big fan of Google Maps, Earth, and Streetview.  When I’m going to a new place, I’ll often enter the address, kick in Streetview to get an idea of what the place looks like so that I’ll know it when I see it.  It’s also a great way to kill some time just exploring.  I just find it fascinating.

So, you’ve got to believe that I fell for the bait when I saw this story.

10 Secret Places Google Earth Doesn’t Want You To See

It was kind of dumb because if Google doesn’t want me to see them, why would my immediate reaction be to load up the service and see for myself?

But, it was point #3 that I was really taken by – Google doesn’t want me to see Colonel Sanders?  I grew up admiring the guy’s work.  I remember fondly driving to Goderich for an order with my family and then going to eat it on the beach.

Rules are rules, I guess.  The Google position is that real people should have their image blurred.  There’s some comfort in this but he was also a hugely successful trademark.  After all, it really isn’t a picture but a sketch.

I had to check this out.

Sadly, the franchise has closed in town so I virtually moused my way over to Leamington to check it out.

Son of a gun.

Here’s the Streetview of the location, strategically located just across the road and down a bit from Leamington District Secondary School.

His image didn’t beat the odds with the road sign either.

I guess I’ll just have to rely on my memories from his wonderful commercials from years gone by!

What a great starting point for a discussion of corporate ethics though!

4 thoughts on “Hiding the Colonel

  1. MBrighton says:

    So is it an algorithm that does this or an actual person? If I was KFC, I would question the algorithm used as his picture if part of their logo.

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  2. I’m guessing an algorithm, given the number of franchises in operation. There is a mechanism to blur out anything addition if you’re so inclined. You’ll find instructions at the bottom of the original post.

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  3. Thanks for taking me for a walk down memory lane, Doug. I don’t know what it was that made the KFC in Goderich better than anywhere else, but it was always the ritual family stop en route from London to the cottage at Sauble. Innumerable Friday night suppers in my childhood came from there. I have to laugh at the way my eating habits have changed.;)

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