publication date: Monday, February 11, 2008 (part of Round XXXIII)
clue: Some people like their burger restaurants old-fashioned and folksy, just like the commercials starring the CEO.
explanation: Thomas was founder and CEO of Wendy's and starred in hundreds of commercials for the chain. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Joanna Woods, Erik Bates, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Aaron Shurtleff, David Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Tony Peters, Scott Horowitz, Lori Lancaster, Sarah Kyle, Walter Chesser, Shawn Brandt, Greg Bair, Jim Kraus, Allison Bair, Sam Boyarsky, Jesse Vengrove, Joanne Martin, and Eric Wallhagen