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How did Goo-Goo carwash get its name?

November 14, 2013

CLINTONVILLE, AL — The Goo-Goo carwash chain has been around since 1945, but after all this time many residents don't know how the name came about. ThisWeek Community News did some digging and came up with the answer.

According to the Nov. 13 report, the name comes from ventriloquist Joe Penner who made his rounds on the comedy circuit in the 1930s. Penner would ask his sidekick, which was a duck, "Wanna buy a duck?" and the duck would reply, "GOO GOO."

A restaurant went up in the duck's honor and was named Goo-Goo Restaurant. The restaurant burned down and the land was purchased by R.D. Beck in 1945. Beck decided to keep the Goo-Goo name for his first gas station which went up on the property.

"The company then grew by building carwashes across the state of Alabama," the Goo-Goo website stated. "Lamar Beck took over from his father in 1970. Lamar Beck, son Roger Beck and Darren Bradham started the express wash concept in 2002."

Today, there are 31 carwashes in total throughout Alabama. "We decided to keep the name Goo-Goo and use it in our advertising," Lamar Beck states on the website. "It's been pretty successful for us."

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