In 1885, a Waco, Texas pharmacist named Charles Alderton created Dr Pepper. He worked at a drugstore owned by Wade Morrison. The legend is that Morrison named the drink "Dr. Pepper" after the father of a girl that he loved. Dr Pepper is the oldest major soft drink brand in America.
There are more ideas about where the name originated, but that is the one I grew up hearing, and it's the one that is acknowledged on the Dr Pepper website.
One of their early promotions talked about "Dr Pepper Time." The promotion said these times were at 10, 2 and 4 o'clock. I chose this particular logo for my tag.
Also notice that even though Dr. is a contraction, the company chose to drop the period in the '50's to make the logo easier to read and more attractive.
Probably the most popular jingle is:
I'm a Pepper, he's a Pepper,
She's a Pepper, we're a Pepper,
Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper, too?
Be a Pepper. Drink Dr Pepper.
There is a Dr Pepper Museum located in downtown Waco, Texas. It opened to the public in 1991. The building housing the museum was the Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company, and it was built specifically to bottle Dr Pepper. Dr Pepper was bottled there from 1906 until the 1960's. The museum has exhibits, a gift shop, and even a working soda fountain.
Dr Pepper was my drink of choice for many, many years. Then I fell in love with Cherry Dr Pepper. Finally, I was drinking Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper until I had to quit drinking carbonated sodas for medical reasons. I think that Dr Pepper will always be running through my blood stream though!
Many thanks to Dark Star for again taking my idea and creating a tag for me! I'd name a soda after him if I still drank carbonated liquids!