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What was your favorite candy when you were growing up? Take a nostalgic look back at the history behind some of the early varieties you may have enjoyed, many of them long gone but not forgotten.

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• The first candy to combine milk chocolate, marshmallow, peanuts and caramel was the Goo Goo Cluster, introduced in 1913 and sold unwrapped from large glass candy jars in the drug store. When a regular customer mentioned that the candy was “So good, people will ask for it from birth,” the creator named his confection after the first sounds made by his newborn son, “Goo Goo!” • The invention of America’s first candy machine, a lozenge cutter in 1847, got the NECCO wafers their start. The familiar pastel candies were sold for over 50 years before they were given their name, an acronym for the New England Confectionery Company that produced them. The same company introduced conversation hearts in 1866, dubbing them “motto hearts” and printing such messages as “Be Good,” “Be True” and “Kiss Me.” The phrases have been updated in recent years, adding “Call Me,” “Fax Me” and “Email Me.” In 2011, NECCO added “Tweet Me” to the list of mottos. • It’s likely that nearly every child in America has at some time received a ball-shaped lollipop from the bank teller. These little pops, known as Dum Dums, have been around since 1924 when they were introduced by the Akron Candy Company. Sales manager I.C. Bahr named the pop, figuring Dum Dum was a word any child could say. Seven original flavors were introduced, with many added and deleted over the years, including the famous Mystery Flavor. The Mystery Flavor changes regularly since it is a blend of the tail end of one batch and the beginning of the next, whatever they may be.

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OLD-TIME CANDY (continued): • Remember Chuckles? These sugar-coated jelly candies have been around since 1921, when a Chicago marshmallow manufacturer introduced them. The five-flavored strip of candies was widely advertised with the slogan “5 flavors – 5 cents.”

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• Chick-O-Sticks and Chicken Bones were pretty much the same thing. Introduced in 1938 as Chicken Bones, this was a honeycombed candy filled with peanut butter and rolled in toasted coconut. In 1955, it was discovered that another company already owned the name, and the change was made to Chick-O-Sticks. • There’s nothing like pouring straight sugar down your throat, which is what we did with Pixy Stix, a powdered sugar packaged in a drinking straw. It started out as a drink mix in the late 1940s called Frutol, but since kids seemed to prefer the straight powder, Pixy Stix made their debut in 1952. • The chocolate-covered, crunchy peanut butter bar 5th Avenue was the 1938 brainstorm of William Luden, who is more famous as the creator of Luden’s cough drops.

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1. Arrange 1 oven rack 4 inches from broiler heat source and second rack in center. Preheat broiler. 2. In large bowl, toss zucchini with 1 teaspoon oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Arrange on 18- by 12-inch jellyroll pan in single layer. Broil 6 minutes or until golden brown, turning over once. Set aside. Reset oven control to 425 F.

• On Oct. 5, 1930, a British dirigible crashes in Beauvais, France, killing all 56 people aboard. The R-101, Great Britain’s biggest blimp, was flying only 250 feet above the ground, unbeknownst to the pilots because of the dark night. The blimp skimmed treetops before hitting a ridge, igniting the hydrogen supply. • On Oct. 4, 1944, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower distributes to his combat units a report by the U.S. Surgeon General that reveals the hazards of prolonged exposure to combat. Based on this evaluation, American commanders judged that the average soldier could last about 200 days in combat before suffering serious psychiatric damage.

• On Oct. 7, 1975, a New York State Supreme Court judge reverses a deportation order for John Lennon, allowing him to remain legally in the U.S. The judge wrote that “The courts will not condone selective deportation based upon secret political grounds.” An FBI investigation of Lennon had turned up no evidence of involvement in illegal activities.

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• On Oct. 1, 1920, Scientific American magazine reports that the rapidly developing medium of radio soon would be used to broadcast music: “Experimental concerts are at present being conducted every Friday evening from 8:30 to 11:00 by the Radio Laboratory of the Bureau of Standards.”

• On Oct. 2, 1968, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson strikes out 17 Detroit Tigers in the first game of the World Series, breaking Sandy Koufax’s record for the most strikeouts in a Series game.

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• On Oct. 6, 1847, “Jane Eyre,” a book about the struggles of an orphan girl who grows up to become a governess, is published. Charlotte Bronte, the book’s author, wrote of her experiences at being sent to a boarding school at the age of 5.

3. Rinse Swiss chard in cold water; drain, leaving some water clinging to leaves. 4. In 12-in. skillet, heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil on medium. Add onion; cook 3 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally. Add chard, garlic, thyme and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook 6 to 7 minutes or until chard is very soft, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside 5. In 8- by 8-inch baking dish, layer half of tomatoes, lasagna noodles, Swiss chard, shredded carrots, zucchini slices and ricotta, in that order. Repeat layering once. Top with shredded provolone. Cover with foil. (Lasagna can be prepared to this point and refrigerated up to overnight.) Bake 30 minutes, covered. (If refrigerated, bake, 10 minutes longer.) Uncover and bake 20 minutes longer or until golden brown and bubbling. Serves 4. „ Each serving: About 310 calories, 13g total fat (6g saturated), 29mg cholesterol, 520mg sodium, 33g total carbs, 6g dietary fiber, 17g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc.

• On Oct. 3, 1995, Heisman Trophy winner O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, despite a DNA match, a wound on Simpson’s hand, the recent purchase of a “Stiletto” knife and matching shoeprints at the scene. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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• Those little hollow tubes of black licorice coated with pastel-colored candy were known as Snaps. They appeared at candy counters for the first time around 1930 and can still be found at specialty candy shops. You’ll have a little more trouble finding wax lips, introduced in the early 1900s, which could be chewed into a waxy, cherry-flavored gum. If you didn’t like the lips, vampire fangs and moustaches were also available.


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OLD-TIME CANDY (cont. from pg 3): called Clark Bar. This confection became so popular with U.S. troops stationed overseas in World War I, it became a giant sensation back at home as well. The same company produced the Zagnut candy bar beginning in 1930, a crunchy peanut butter bar covered in toasted coconut. The word “zigzag” became popular in the 1930s, and it’s believed that’s where the name originated. • Many children spent their allowance on the caramel Slo Poke suckers, because according to the familiar jingle, “Get yourself a Slo Poke, it lasts all day!” If you were a chocolate fan, you could purchase the similar Black Cow. • How about our preferred chewing gums? Three of our old favorites, Black Jack, Beemans and Clove were discontinued years ago, but the Cadbury Adams Company, which owns the formulas, cooks up a batch of each every couple of years. The licorice-flavored Black Jack gum was the first flavored gum in America. Back in the late 1800s, an Ohio physician Dr. Edward E. Beeman marketed a gum of pepsin powder and chicle, designed to aid digestion. Legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager made Beemans gum famous by chewing a stick before every flight for good luck. In fact, the antacid qualities of pepsin made the gum popular with pilots for reducing stomach agitation in flight. Clove gum was first manufactured in 1914 by Thomas Adams. Legend has it that Clove grew in popularity during Prohibition because its strong smell masked the odor of illegal alcohol on the breath. The Beech Nut Company launched Fruit Stripe gum in the 1960s with a zebra as its “spokesman,” packaging it in zebra-striped wrappers. It was the only gum with stripes, which were added on after the gum was made. The down side of Fruit Stripe was that it lost its flavor very quickly, and now that it has been re-introduced, the complaint is the same — It’s pretty much flavorless in just over five minutes.



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recently proposed new rules about mortgage servicing that will include billing statements that are easy to read and understand, more notice before interest rates rise on adjustable mortgages, faster error resolution and more. The CFPB also examined mortgage origination procedures to ensure they complied with laws. Those who originate mortgages -- lenders, brokers, servicers and others -- will now be under federal supervision. Among a lengthy list of findings, a proposal has been made to clarify loan points and fees to make it easier to compare loans between lenders. If you need to dispute an error on your credit report, understand foreclosure, make a complaint about a debt collector’s tactics, or any number of other financial concerns, the bureau’s website is likely to have the answer. To explore everything it offers, go online to Click on Get Assistance and scroll to Ask CFPB to get answers to financial questions. Remember that you’re allowed to get one free credit report per year to check for errors. Call 1-877-3228228 or go online to to get your free report every year. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to

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“I simply couldn’t refuse when two adorable chicks became available for adoption after being lovingly cared for by children at a farmyard summer camp. I thought adding Ruby and Penny to our family would be a great way to help my cityraised kids better understand where their food comes from,” she told me on a recent visit. Just then, 3-year-old Jude announced that he found a “Penny egg” in the “Holmlund Hen House,” a sturdy structure built with recycled paneling from a 1970s bedroom remodel, a repurposed refrigerator shelf for a screen, and simple knobs from a dilapidated cabinet. “It’s so much fun for the boys to check for eggs during the day -- sometimes we get up to four. Penny lays light-green-colored eggs, and Ruby’s are brown,” says Alison.

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• Teeth start forming well before a baby is born, although they don’t make their first appearance until the age of six months. We often call our first set of teeth “baby teeth,” but the official term is “milk teeth.” By age two, a child will have about 20 teeth, and won’t lose the first one until about age seven. • The part of the tooth visible above the gum is known as the crown, covered in hard shiny enamel. This protective enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Directly under it is the dentine, which makes up the majority of a tooth. The next layer is the pulp, where the blood supply and nerve endings are located. This goes all the way into the root of the tooth under the gum.

Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail. com. • The average adult has 32 teeth. The four front teeth on both top and bottom are incisors. On each side of the incisors are the four sharp and pointed canine teeth. Premolars, sometimes called bicuspids, are next in line, eight in all, four up and four down. The eight molars include the wisdom teeth, which typically grow in between the ages of 17 and 21. • Cavities are caused by the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria thrive on carbohydrates, so any time you eat carbs, the bacteria become active and produce the acid. It’s not just sugar that kicks the bacteria into gear — rice, potatoes, bread, fruits and vegetables can also trigger this. It’s not how many carbs you eat, but rather how long your teeth are exposed to them. • Eating a lot of carbs at one meal will not do as much damage as ingesting sugary sodas all afternoon. About 78 percent of Americans will have at least one cavity by the time they reach 17.

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Please warn your readers to keep their dogs under control and on the sidewalk, even while on a leash, and to pay attention to their dogs during their walks. My neighbor is suffering terrible grief, and I hate to think of anyone else, or their pets, suffering from preventable accidents. -- Sharon in Utica, N.Y. DEAR SHARON: You’re right: While accidents do happen, many can be prevented by knowing how to correctly walk your dog on a leash. Reinforcing your dog’s basic obedience training, including sit, stay and heel commands, is an important daily task. If you’re having trouble controlling your dog on the leash despite following common leashtraining techniques, contact a professional dog trainer for group or private sessions so you and your dog will learn to walk together safely. Send your questions or tips to ask@, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit

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• At the 2012 USA Memory Championship, Nelson Dellis set a new record for the memorization of random digits. At the annual event in New York City, Dellis accurately recalled a whopping 303 numbers in sequence. • The Rose Parade, popularly known as America’s New Year Celebration, was originally started in 1890. These days, hundreds of thousands of people crowd the parade route each year, and millions more view the television broadcast worldwide. The amount of work that goes into the display is astonishing: Each float has anywhere from 30,000 to 150,000 flowers on it, which are applied during the 700 to 900 hours spent on preparing each float. • Beloved film icon James Dean was missing his front teeth; he had to wear a bridge to fill the gap in his smile. • If you’re like the average American, at least one-tenth of the garbage you produce is made of plastic. • The first sound recording ever made was created in 1877 by Thomas Edison. It was a musical selection: “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” • Those who study such things say that American English has roughly 20 swear words (depending, of course, on how one defines swearing). In contrast, residents of ancient Rome had a lexicon of about 800 “dirty” words to draw upon. • If you’re planning a trip by air anytime soon, you might want to keep in mind that the busiest day in airports is Thursday. *** Thought for the Day: “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” -- Terry Pratchett

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In recent years, mustache cups and shaving mugs have become more collectible, and good ones more difficult to find. Look for cups and mugs with elaborate Victorian designs or occupational mugs. A shaving mug with a fireman and hose cart recently sold at auction for $450. In special demand are mustache cups with matching saucers and left-handed cups and mugs. *** Q: I have several paperback novels from the late 1940s and early ‘50s that I think might be worth a little money. They belonged to an uncle who took meticulous care of his property. How can I find out current values? -- Steve, Ramona, Calif. A: One of the better references is “The Antique Trader Collectible Paperback Price Guide” by Gary Lovisi (Krause, $19.99). This book proves that you can,

indeed, sometimes judge a book by its cover. The colorful, edgy illustrations on the cover of many paperbacks from this period often can translate into real money. For example, the lurid novels about sex, drugs and juvenile delinquency are currently commanding top prices. Mint copies of “Born to Be Bad” by Sheldon Lord, “Man Hungry” by Alan Marshall, “Incest Street” by Carlton Miller, and “Thrill Kids,” a Gold Medal book with a James Meese cover, are worth as much as $100 each. As with most collectibles, rarity and condition are extremely important. *** Q: I recently found an “Uncle Wiggily Water Color Box,” with 16 little vats of colors and a brush, all contained in a metal box. On the lid is Uncle Wiggily in full color. Do you have any idea of its value. I don’t think the set was ever used. -- Mark, Rio Rancho, N.M. A: In mint condition, $50 to $100, according to “A Century of Crayola Collectibles: A Price Guide” by Bonnie B. Rushlow and published by Hobby House Press. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• Everglades National Park, established in 1947, protects over 1.5 million acres (607,028 ha) of land and water. It is the third largest national park in the continental United States, behind Yellowstone (2nd) and Death Valley (1st). • Marjorie Stoneman Douglas came up with the phrase “river of grass” in a publication that she authored in 1947. “The Everglades: River of Grass” was a guide that raised awareness of the Everglades and helped the public to recognize that the area was not just the “proverbial swamp” that many considered it to be. It technically is a river, flowing southwest through Florida at the slow pace of about a quarter mile per day. She was a leader in promoting the Everglades to national park status. Twentytwo years later, she helped to found the “Friends of the Everglades” conservation organization.



• The elevation in the Everglades ranges from sea level to 20 feet (6 m) above sea level. The top spot is on a shell mound made by Native Americans located on the Gulf Coast side of the park. • The original size of the Everglades was much larger than the area protected by the National Park Service today. Years ago it spanned form Lake Okeechobee in central Florida all the way south to Florida Bay. Only 25 percent of the historic Everglades is in the park.

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2. Name the last major-league team to have an ERA below 3.00 for a season.

3. Carolina’s Cam Newton had 14 rushing TDs in the 2011 season to set an NFL record. Who was the former record holder? 4. Who recorded the highest points per game average as a freshman for Duke men’s basketball team? 5. In 2011-12, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos set the record for most overtime goals in a season (five). How many other players had been tied with Stamkos? 6. What school has won the past two championships in NCAA women’s bowling? 7. In how many weight classes did boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley win world titles? Answers:

1. Neftali Feliz had 40 saves for Texas in 2010. 2. The Los Angeles Dodgers had a team ERA of 2.95 in 1989. 3. Steve Grogan had 12 rushing TDs for New England in 1976. 4. Johnny Dawkins averaged 18.1 points per game in the 1982-83 season. 5. Nine others. 6. Maryland Eastern Shore. 7. Three -- lightweight, welterweight and light middleweight.

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have suffered with restless leg syndrome for 25 years. What causes it? Is there a cure? I do take Requip. Some say that having the veins in your legs stripped helps. Does it? -- C.K. ANSWER: Stabbing pain, a burning feeling and a creepy-crawly sensation in the legs are some of the ways people describe restless leg syndrome. The sensation mostly comes on in the evening when sitting in a chair or, more often upon going to bed. The night is punctuated with interruptions of sleep, as the sensations wake a person. They drive the person to get up and walk about until these annoying feelings go way. Walking does get rid of them, but the respite is only temporary. The attacks reach peaks at midnight and again around 4 a.m. For most, a cause cannot be found. Sometimes it’s a family affair, passed by the parent to the children. In a few instances, iron deficiency anemia, renal failure and Parkinson’s disease are associated with it. The anemia connection is worth checking out, since it has a definite cure -- iron tablets. The medicine you mention, Requip (ropinirole) is one often prescribed for this problem. If you’ve been taking it for some time without relief, you ought to try some of the other medicines used for it. Mirapex (pramipexole) and Neurontin (gabapentin) are two others. A new variety of gabapentin called Horizant comes as an extended-release tablet, so medication is delivered to the body throughout the night. A warm bath before going to bed, coupled with a leg massage afterward, often can cut down on the number of attacks and their intensity. Restricting alcohol and caffeine works for some people. Removing leg veins will not help.

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THE EVERGLADES (continued): • There are 15 endangered species within the park boundaries. Sea turtles, crocodiles and West Indian Manatees are among the protected animals. • Deeply interwoven in the park are towering palm trees, endless marshes, tropical fauna, dense mangrove stands, alligator holes and much more. All of these are important in maintaining the integrity of the Everglades. • The mangrove forests cover an estimated 469,000 acres (189798 ha) in the state of Florida, with much of that within the protected Everglades. Mangrove roots and branches are essential for the marine animals of the region. The roots provide protection for fish, crustaceans and shellfish to raise their young. The branches are nesting areas for many beautiful coastal birds such as roseate spoonbills and brown pelicans. • Everglades National Park is a wonderful place to explore, but a knowledgeable guide is a great person to have along for unfamiliar tourists. As reported in recent years, there are not only animals that have been there for centuries that can be dangerous, but there are also some invasive species that are wreaking havoc on the area. • For years there have been stories of people spotting Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The largest snake species on earth, these giant pythons are not only living in the park, they’re also breeding and spreading to the surrounding environs of south Florida. Since 2002, more than 1,800 pythons have been removed from the park and surrounding areas. • For the health of the Everglades and all of south Florida, it is imperative that invasive species like pythons, which have been accidentally or intentionally released into the wild, be controlled.

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