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• In the 13th century when explorer Marco Polo returned to his native Italy from his travels in the Far East, he brought home a recipe very similar to our sherbet of today. “Cream Ice” was on the table of England’s King Charles I during the early 1600s. A Parisian café first offered ice cream to the public around 1600. • Ice cream’s first official mention in North America was in a letter from a guest of the governor of Maryland. The New York Gazette featured a confectioner’s advertisement for ice cream in 1777 informing readers that the treat was available “almost every day.” President George Washington was a great lover of ice cream, with records indicating that the chief executive spent $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790. His personal effects at the time of his death included two pewter ice cream pots. James Madison was another president who was fond of the treat, having it served at his Inaugural Ball in 1813. • America’s first patent for an ice cream cone was issued in 1903 to Italo Marchiony, an Italian immigrant who invented his cone in New York City. The following year the St. Louis World’s Fair featured a vendor selling crisp waffle pastries, who just happened to have his booth next to an ice cream merchant. When the ice cream booth ran out of dishes, the pasty vendor stepped in, rolling his waffles into cone shapes. The rest, as they say, is history. Today’s machines are capable of producing about 150,000 cones every day. • There are a lot of items that are called ice cream, so what’s the difference? Under federal law, ice cream must contain at least 10% milkfat and weigh a minimum of 4.5 lbs. per gallon. “French” ice cream contains that 10% as well as at least 1.4% egg yolk solids. • The world’s first Dairy Queen opened in Joliet, Illinois in 1940, and within 15 years there were 2,600 locations. Estevan, Saskatchewan became home to the first Canadian store in 1953. Canada is also the site of the world’s business Dairy Queen, in Moncton, New Brunswick. Dairy Queen’s success is the result of developing the first formula for soft-serve ice cream, accomplished by John Fremont McCullough in 1938. • Friends since junior high school on Long Island, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have an enduring friendship. It was Jerry’s ambition to enter med school, but he couldn’t seem to get accepted into any. Ben was admitted

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600,000 cans were sold the first year. • Gerber’s ad campaign for their new products featured a contest to find the perfect baby face to represent the company. Many elaborate oil paintings were submitted, but it was a simple charcoal sketch submitted by Dorothy Hope Smith that was chosen in 1931. The face of Smith’s tiny neighbor in Westport, Connecticut is one recognized by generations around the world. • When a nationwide poll queried participants as to the identity of the Gerber baby, guesses included movie icons Humphrey Bogart and Elizabeth Taylor and politicians Richard Nixon and Bob Dole. Many believed it was Sally Gerber. The baby’s identity was kept secret

until 1978, when it was revealed that the Gerber trademark was actually Ann Turner Cook, daughter of a cartoonist. Today, 86-year-old Ann is a retired schoolteacher who resides in Florida and is a published author of mysteries. • In 1938, the Gerber company established a customer relations department to address consumers’ questions. Little 10-year-old Sally Gerber was the first customer representative, answering each letter individually, a duty she continued even after she became a senior vicepresident of the company. • In 1941, the Gerber Company was producing one million cans of baby food every week. They abandoned the production of all adult products and began manufacturing only baby food, leading to their famous advertising slogan “Babies are our business…our only business.” Gerber now controls over 80% of the nation’s baby food market. • Every July the community of Fremont, Michigan, population 4,500, booms to more than 125,000 as they host the National Baby Food Festival. Famous as the home of Gerber Products, the town celebrates for five days with a beautiful baby photo contest, parades, bubble gum blowing contests, and adult baby food eating contests. The county chaplain presides over a Blessing of the Babies ceremony as part of the festivities. ■

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difficult to compare aid packages. With Abacus, students can compare their projected financial-aid packages from various schools, locate schools that are within their budgets and get a closer estimate of projected costs. Abacus does this by using the actual prices quoted on the school’s site, not what the estimated calculators come up with. The student enters the information from his existing aid packages into the Abacus Shopping Sheet, and the Abacus machine sorts out the numbers, giving the net price of attending each college. Net price is defined as estimated cost (price) of attendance -- including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses -minus estimated grant and scholarship aid. The calculators on the Abacus site do not take loans into account. College Abacus generates estimates for more than 2,500 post-secondary institutions in the United States. If a school isn’t yet in

the Abacus database, a popup note will direct you to the link at the school’s site. Many colleges now are sending electronic award letters, and Abacus is working on a way to automatically plug those numbers in from the email. If your student hopes to complete college without being burdened for years with college loans, narrow your hunt to no-loan financialaid colleges. More schools across the country, especially those with wealthy alumni, are putting together financial-aid packages that include money from the school, as opposed to having the student take out loans. 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 e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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