Most of the TV appearances are listed above but do not include a bunch of "pilot" shows. For a list of most other media exposure go to the PUBLICITY page. The Banana Club has always been a
FEATURE story in all publications and shows.
On occasion, we conduct the I.B.C. picnic and games and host banana contests for hundreds. Above is newspaper coverage of pro stunt man Lee Wadell throwing a hot banana to T.B. (with a fire permit) and on the right is a shot of the "Stems & Stumps" competition. Nothing but fun stuff in this bunch!
We get excited to award the Banana Club Medals! You (as a member) can get one too! RECOGNITION is important! The word " Woddis" is our password.
"Banana Man, T.B." Ken in the product warehouse
as a shipment of the first Banana Floats and Banana Banks arrived!
President Ronald Reagan was a member of our bunch for several years. His title was P.B. (President Banana). Above, Ken, T.B. presented the P.B. with a Banana Club pin at an event in L.A.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A FIRM TO SPLIT the PROFITS ON A VARIETY OF BANANA CLUB PRODUCTS! IF YOU HAVE INTEREST OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED PLEASE HAVE THEM CONTACT THE T.B. VIA EMAIL at
Ken Bannister, T.B. (Top Banana) and founder of the I.B.C.
The INTERNATIONAL BANANA CLUB REGISTERED TRADEMARK
WATCH THE VIDEO about the club with JOSH HELMUTH reporter/PRODUCER
The BANANA CLUB was conceived and founded by Ken Bannister, T.B. (Top Banana) back in 1972. It all started at a professional photographic trade show in Atlanta, GA. Ken simply started handing out Chiquita Banana stickers (a 10,000 count roll given to him by his secretary) to photographers to affix to their I.D. badges at professional photographic trade shows. It caught on and served as an attention getter all over the U.S. and Europe. People just assumed it was a club, so be it...The membership card provided anyone a way to get discounts on merchandise and special favors if they simply asked with a smile on their face and made reference to the Banana Club (by showing the membership card!) Anyone with a banana sticker or card would get special treatment by manufactures and trade show participants at the photo trade shows or anywhere they showed it!
The Incentive to send tasteful banana related items to the International Banana Club or to Ken the "Banana Man - Top Banana" is how the B.M's (Banana Merits) are earned and the Degrees in Bananistry are earned. You can get the M.B. "Master of Bananistry and the PHB "Doctorite of Bananistry"! It takes 100 B.M.'s for the M.B. and 500 for the PHB. Merits are earned by mail or given verbally by the T.B. (Top Banana). Nothing lude, crude or lascivious is accepted or demerits may be given if items are not tasteful. The result was the I.B.C. Museum! "Woddis" is our password and means whatever you want it to mean .. depends on the tone of your voice and the expression on your face! :) People do business with people who are pleasant and display good attitudes!
The Banana Club membership card works! The backside explains to anyone you show it to why they should give you a discount on anything! It sometimes gets you upgrades at hotels for no charge and could even get you out of a traffic ticket! No kidding! It's the card! Go to the services page for information to become a member of this positive, fun bunch and get your very own title of your choice if you just ask politely! There are NO RULES,NO REGULATIONS, and no junk mail from us!
Occasional Banana Club picnics and games have been conducted. Promotions at business sites and major malls have employed the T.B. and Banana Club to attract customers, build sales and entertain the public.
WE have been featured on over 105 TV shows including the "TONIGHT SHOW" with Jay Leno. Newscasts, game shows and TV pilots.....The International Banana Club has been featured in dozens of national magazines like "PEOPLE" and hundreds of newspapers around the world. We lost count on the number of live and taped Radio interviews! This year is our 46th year (2018) as an active "fun" club to remind everyone to keep smiling, to be positive and stay in good health! Laughter is the best medicine! Send for your BANANA CLUB card today! An investment you won't regret! Our website averages 5,000 visits from around the world (hits) every month!
YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS BUNCH RIGHT NOW! GET YOUR LIFE MEMBERSHIP, THE CARD YOU DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT!, A SPECIAL TITLE WITH A ONE TIME FEE OF JUST $10.00 U.S. (plus S&H) via PayPal, etc. JUST GO TO THE MEMBERSHIP PAGE OR CLICK THE "BUY NOW" BUTTON ABOVE! JUST DO IT!
To the left is Jim Hall interviewing T.B. Ken at the Hesperia, CA IBC Museum site on Main Street @ Third Ave in Hesperia, CA where the museum was located up until 2012. (story after the ad)
These two videos tell part of the IBC story of the Banana Club and the Museum. Both were
filmed at the Hesperia, CA IBC Museum site. Altadena, CA was home to the Club for 33 years. Ken has given dozens of "no charge" lectures on the many benefits of the bright yellow fruit as the Top Banana of the IBC at service clubs, professional photographic conventions and schools across the country. He was a Sales Manager for Campbell Soup Co., President of two photographic corporations, an accomplished professional photographer who owned a camera store and three different photo studio sites in Southern CA. He has also been a Realtor for the past 12 years with C-21 and HomeSmart R.E., but now RETIRED and back to full time Top Banana of the International Banana Club! : )
Everyone needs a hand of bananas each week! To join the club click the buy now button and use any credit card!
T.B. Ken suggests that everyone eats a "HAND" of bananas each week!
Yes, we start each day with a "FINGER" ..the bright yellow edible fruit from the herbaceous plant that comes in its own wrapper. It's the best instant snack you could have. Feed your roses with the peel or you can shine your shoes with that peel! Lots of vitamins, potassium, fiber, and no bones! They don't leak, squeak or squirt!
Above, T.B. is being transported to the hospital after being hit by three football players on the sideline. Broke his leg in three places at this memorable Arcadia High School Muir football game! Ken is always positive even when he breaks his leg! NOTE: He flashes the BANANA CLUB HAND SIGN to inform the crowd that he is Okay! A positive thing about the Banana Club! Always be positive and keep smiling! WE KEEP SPIRITS UP!
T.B. Ken on the street in Hollywood, CA
interviewing people with the Eccentric TV crew. If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours!
For over 45 years, card carrying members of the International Banana Club have been reporting fun and money saving events by simply showing the BANANA CLUB CARD with a smile on their face! You don't get discounts and special treatment unless you ask in a pleasant voice tone with a smile on your face when you show the card! YES, we guarantee a positive result by just showing the card and asking... Just try to charge anything! If nothing else, you will make someone smile! Be the person who tries to make others experience a more pleasant day. Remember, you are not fully dressed until your smile is on.
( since 1972 )
Both T.B. and the channel 7 reporter demo the Banana Club "Hand Sign" it means hello, Okay, straight ahead, see you, make it a good day, etc. Depends on the tone of your voice and the expression on your face!
Watch this recent "FACEBOOK LIVE" piece shot in November of 2017