Yellow M&M - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Earlier this week, a visitor to the American Treasure Tour made a heinous accusation.  In the effort to protect the guilty, we will call her "Mary."  Mary accused us of having no representation of M&Ms on the tour.  Naturally, we were appalled and disturbed, although at the time we could not tell her exactly where our M&Ms are.  Then, of course, the mission to locate them was on.  And so today we happily acknowledge the presence of Yellow in the Toy Box, whose location is on the shelving next to the Sideshow Art.  And so Mary's claim is inaccurate.  Don't feel too badly, though, Mary.  You can't see everything here on your first trip.  Come on back, and we will show you where Yellow is!

Many people know that M&Ms were first produced in 1941 by Frank Mars, founder of the Mars Company.  He actually copied the design of Smarties - chocolate coated in a candy cover that would minimize melting.  ("They melt in your mouth, not in your hands")  The name M&M comes from Forrest Mars Sr., founder of the Newark Company, and Bruce Murrie, the son of the then-president of the Hershey Company.  This allowed for Hershey chocolate to be included in the candy during World War II, when Hershey controlled the rationed chocolate supply in the States.  Of course, the tiny candies became immensely popular, and in 1960 the colors were added to make them even more fun.  Yellow became the representative of the peanut M&M in 1995, originally voiced by John Goodman in the commercials, now by Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons.  So sweet, you almost don't want to eat them!  But please, do not eat the M&Ms located on the tour here - they are not edible.  
QUESTION:  Which of the following celebrities has also lent their voice to an M&M at one time or another?
A)  John DiMaggio
B)  Albert Brooks
C)  Vanessa Williams
D)  Robert DeNiro
ANSWER BELOW

SOS.  Communication technology was the same in 1800 as it had been during the era of the Ancient Greeks.  That's over two thousand years.  Then came the steam engine and the train, which allowed information to move quickly.  But after that, the telegraph revolutionized everything.  A message could travel on wire immediately.  Of course, how to convey that message effectively?  Dots and dashes, the Morse Code, named after the man who patented the invention.  Still, it was not until 1908 - on this day - for an international distress symbol to be accepted.  The Germans developed the classic three dots, three dashes, three dots code for SOS in 1905.  It took over three years, but now it was official.  SOS was not to be ignored.

BEST DIRECTOR.  Happy birthday William Wyler.  Although many film fans may not know his name, they definitely know some of his movies.  In fact, he has the distinction of being the only movie director to win three Best Picture Academy Awards - for Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and 1959's epic Ben Hur.  He made films in virtually every genre of film until his passing at the age of 79 in 1981.

QUOTE:  I made over forty westerns.  I used to lie awake nights trying to think of new ways to get on and off horses.  - William Wyler 

ANSWER:  C)  Vanessa Williams.  She voices Brown.