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Dr. Richard Moriarty, Creator of ‘Mr. Yuk,’ Has Died

Dr. Richard Moriarty, founder of the Pittsburgh Poison Center and creator of the familiar Mr. Yuk icon, died yesterday at the age of 83.

His death comes a little more than a month after I wrote about a beer league hockey team in Pittsburgh called — with Moriarty’s blessing — the Mighty Yuks.

Moriarty came up with Mr. Yuk in 1971 as a way of labeling products that were harzardous to ingest. More than a half-century later, Mr. Yuk is still going strong, both as a warning symbol and as a cultural totem — including, of course, here at Uni Watch, where I’ve been using Mr. Yuk to indicate my displeasure with ad-clad uniforms for several years now.

It’s not often that someone creates something so simple that becomes such a universal touchstone. Kudos to Dr. Moriarty, and condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P.

(Special thanks to reader Paul Wood, who was Moriarty’s neighbor, for bringing Moriarity’s death to my attention.)

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    I have no idea if the name came about with his blessing or not, but Carnegie-Mellon Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team is named Mr. Yuk as well.

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