Closing the Kinko's Trivia Loop

Jason English

Last month we posted about minimum purchase requirements for credit card users. Consumers were empowered, small business owners enraged. One of our readers proudly admitted charging $.17 at Kinko's. Another comment, this one by Vic, posed a not yet answered question about Kinko's:

"As long as this is a triva site, and we've moved to the subject of Kinko's, when I was a college student in the '70s I used to get copies at the ORIGINAL Kinko's. Anyone (else) know where that was? Or why it is called Kinko's?"

Since we all seem stumped, I used my phone-a-friend (Wikipedia):

The company was founded in 1970 by Paul Orfalea, whose nickname was "Kinko" because of his kinky (curly) hair. The original copy shop was founded in the college community of Isla Vista next to the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

One last link. Kinko's (sorry, FedEx Kinko's) was recently fodder for an online game called Disaffected!, created by Persuasive Games ("Disaffected! gives the player the chance to step into the demotivated position of real FedEx Kinko's employees. Feel the indifference of these purple-shirted malcontents first-hand, and consider the possible reasons behind their malaise.")