January 16, 2013

'Jane Fonda' sandwich booted from Maine deli

The Associated Press

WINSLOW — A Maine deli owner has changed the name of a sandwich named for actress Jane Fonda after receiving complaints from Vietnam veterans.

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Gerry Michaud, co-owner of Big G's Deli on Benton Avenue in Winslow,poses next to his newly-named sandwich "41,470", named after the number of US deaths in the Vietnam conflict. The sandwich was formerly named the "Fonda."

Staff photo by Michael G. Seaman

Gerry Michaud has served up sandwiches with creative names for more than 20 years at his Big G's Deli in Winslow, including one low-calorie version named after the fitness-conscious actress and activist.

But he's renamed the sandwich after hearing an earful from Vietnam veterans who were upset that Fonda was being celebrated between two slices of bread.

Vietnam veteran John Mullett, of Randolph, told the Morning Sentinel that veterans hold Fonda in "disdain" for her war protests and a photograph of her sitting on a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun.

Michaud's now renamed the sandwich the "41,470," in honor of the number of U.S. combat deaths in Vietnam.

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