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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Is it true that your President appeared on a talk show and announced he is associated with the church of Satan?

A1. This rumor has circulated from time to time since the early 1980s and absolutely none of it is true. Furthermore, no President or top official from Procter & Gamble has ever appeared on any talk show. The most recent version of the rumor states that our President appeared on the Sally Jesse Raphael program. Sally denies this on her website: " The rumor going around that the president of Procter and Gamble appeared on The Sally Show and announced he was a member of the church of Satan is not true. This a hoax that's been going around in one form or another for the past 20 years...only originally, it concerned the Phil Donahue Show...then evolved to the Jenny Jones Show...and now it's evolved to The Sally Show. The president of Procter and Gamble has NEVER appeared on The Sally Show...NEVER. Nor has any other person in authority at P&G. "

Q2. Have your profits ever supported a church of Satan?

A2. Never. Instead, here's a brief overview of the type of activities P&G really does support: Special Olympics, Second Harvest (a national food bank), and a wide variety of programs in the educational, health, social service, cultural, civic, and environmental areas. In 2001, P&G's US contributions totaled almost $40 million in of activities like the ones mentioned which make the world a better place to live.

Q3. Why doesn't your President go on a talk show to denounce the rumor?

A3. We wish it were that simple. The problem is then we couldn't say our President never appeared on a TV program. Just think about it, if well-meaning individuals are spreading rumors when we haven't even been on talk shows, imagine what might be said if any of our executives actually appeared on them. Words might be taken out of context and only fuel the rumors.

Q4. Who is the President of Procter & Gamble?

A4. Mr. Alan G. Lafley is President and Chief Executive.

Q5. Who started the rumor and why?

A5. We have never found the original source of the rumor or why it was started, but we believe it was done for competitive reasons. This rumor has surfaced at various times for nearly 20 years. The first time it surfaced was around 1981-82; then 1984-85, 1990, 1995, and 1999.

Q6. What does your Moon & Stars Trademark logo represent?

A6. In 1851, Mr. Procter and Mr. Gamble created the moon and stars design and began placing it on crates of Star Candles, an early P&G product. The purpose of the logo was to help identify the quality products made by P&G through a visual symbol since many people in the 1800s could not read. The half moon was chosen because it was a popular symbol for those times and widely used. The 13 represented the 13 original colonies. The trademark was officially registered with the U.S. Patent Office in 1882.

Q7. Will a ram's horn or 666 be added to your packages on January 1, 2000?

A7. Obviously not. This is another fabrication, without any truth to it.

Q8. Is the President of Procter & Gamble a Christian? To which religion does he belong?

A8. As a matter of privacy, we cannot share personal information about any of our employees. However, we can tell you that the founders of P&G and their heirs were Christians. They always gave generously of their time, talent, money and property to their church and community. P&G and its leaders today reflect the same values and commitment of the original founders and have continued the tradition of support for charitable organizations that make the world a better place to live.

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