Ladies and gentlemen, we have a breakthrough on the Alphaghetti Gobbler front. One of the kids who appeared in that elusive ad has left a comment on this entry and he's agreed to be interviewed by yours truly.
First, a little background on why this is a big deal. I have strong memories of the Alphaghetti Gobbler, a giant spaghetti mascot to whom a kid famously exclaimed "You're the Alphaghetti Gobbler!". I'm not the only one who remembers this ad, as the 23 comments on that entry attest, but here's the kicker. None of us can find any visual evidence that that Alphaghetti Gobbler ever existed. There are no images, no screen caps, no videos on the web.
There were a few kids at that table when that kid said "You're the Alphaghetti Gobbler!", and I'll be peppering one with questions later today. If you have a question for this guy, leave a comment here and I'll add it to my list.
This is the reason Al Gore invented the Internet.