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• You might not recognize the name “Thousand Wonder Builder,” the name given to a set of wooden sticks and spools. In 1914, Charles Pajeau and Robert Petit observed kids playing with pencils, sticks, and empty thread spools, and created an inspirational toy for children that sold for 60 cents. Renamed Tinker Toys, by 1918 the inventors had sold more than 2.5 million sets. That 2.5 million figure continued every year up until the 1960s. Originally the pieces were all unpainted natural wood, but in 1932, red was added, followed by green, blue, and yellow three years later.

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Queen Victoria wasDEERE. very fond of the delicacy DEERE. JOHN (continued): and it was regularly served at tea time during • It was while living in Illinois that John noherticed reign.theInproblems the 1800s,that it was the preferred cake farmers faced when at weddings Christmas gatherings. attemptingand to till soil. Because the area had

formerly been woodland, the soil in wasbrandy, rich • Traditional fruitcakes are soaked with hummus, whichwhich clumped andtoclung to whiskey, or liqueur, helps prevent the blades of the plows farmers were accusmold. Storing the cake in brandy-soaked linens tomed to using. While repairing a broken ciralso increases its life.

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cular saw, Deere stumbled upon an idea. He • Although some folks skills thinktothat fruitcake gets employed his smith fashion the steel better with age, it’s the subject of mockery blade into the shape of a plow. He affixedto others, particularly comedians. two wooden spokes,late-night then hitched the deviceIn a December, broadcast, to a horse. It1985 plowed the heavyTonight Illinois Show soil likeJohnny a charm. In fact, a farmer whoishappened host Carson joked, “There only one to be observing the test run immediately fruitcake in the entire world, and people put keep in an order for his own John Deere plow. sending it to each other.” The fruitcake bashing

death, countered with •continued In short after order,Carson’s Deere gave up his blacksmith appearances Marieon Rudisill, “The shop and by focused makingknown plows.as The companyLady,” grew steadily andsent added manyof emFruitcake who had a copy her ployees. In the late 1840s, John relocated the book about fruitcake to the producer. Jay Leno entire operation to Moline, Illinois. aAshamed continued the tradition by sampling fruitcake of his own lack of education, John sent his on the show that was reportedly baked in 1878, children to the state’s finest schools. One of and has been kept as an heirloom by a Michigan his proudest days occurred when son Charles family. earned the equivalent of an MBA from Bell’s • Looking for a College creativeinway to get rid of your Commercial Chicago. unwanted fruitcake? Visit the community of

• With his son Charles managing the company, Manitou Springs, January, where John found timeColorado to pursueeach philanthropic inyouterests. can participate in the Annual Great FruitHe co-founded both the First Nationcake Toss.and Anythemethod of hurling theChurch. cakes is al Bank First Congregational permissible – your arm, slingshot, He was elected theoutfielder’s mayor of Moline in 1873, golf club, or mechanical device. If you want to where one of his first actions – the replaceattend, don’t haveopen a cake, youwith canarent one ment but of the city’s drains sewer system – saved countless lives byfor reducforpipe $1.00. Don’t expect big rewards being the spread of is disease. theing winner – there no prize money! Deere calls logo, for registered in • •AnThe oldoriginal EnglishJohn custom unmarried 1876, depicted a deer that was native to Afriguests at a wedding to put a slice of fruitcake ca. Thirty-six years later, inthe 1912, it was Legreunder their pillow following wedding. image of aofNorth American endplaced has itwith theythewill dream the person they white-tailed deer. In the decades that folwill marry. lowed, the now-familiar “outline” logo took over as the symbol of the John Deere brand.

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