I was listening to the Mystery Show podcast last week when its host did an episode about this lunch box:
To get her answer, the podcast host tried to track down the lunch box's designer, Elmer Lenart. He's no longer alive, but his designs live on in the Smithsonian, where the Kotter lunch box and many others are on display:
This is Elmer, as the giant on the Land of the Giants lunch box:
He also designed this one:
And this one:
Eventually his job was phased out. Lunch boxes stopped looking like ^^^that^^^ and started looking more like this:
Needless to say, the latter two lunch boxes likely won't end up in the Smithsonian.
Did you have a lunch box growing up?