Goldfish - Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Okay.  You read the subject line for today's blog, and you're probably wondering why we would dedicate it to those little fish you win at amusement parks.  Well, those aren't the type of goldfish we're talking about, but now that it comes up, that would be worthy of a blog post.  No, today is all about the snack treat called Goldfish, produced by Pepperidge Farm (did you know they were a subsidiary of Campbell's Soup?  If you didn't, now you do!).  Hand it to the Swiss for originally developing this crunchy, tasty, happy treat back in 1960.  Oscar Kambly of the Kambly Bakery was the first to make the fish with the smiles and the eyes, which were introduced to the United States nine years later by Pepperidge Farm founder Margaret Rudkin.

The little goldfish proved to be the hit we know it to be today, such that Nabisco copied the design for their own fish-shaped cracker. A lawsuit followed and Nabisco was compelled to discontinue their product, while Pepperidge Farm diversified.  There are currently around twenty different flavors of goldfish out there, including cheddar, pizza, nacho, sour cream and onion, pretzel, and of course, original.  Since 1998, production of the fish has become more selective, with only forty percent of them actually having the smile and eye on them.  The others are just fish.  Tasty little fishies.
QUESTION:  What is the name of the goldfish mascot?
A)  Finn
B)  Gil
C)  Flipper
D)  Arnold

A REALLY BIG SHEW!!!  On this day in 1964, the Beatles made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, inspiring screaming fans to pretty much overwhelm their performance, which was seen by an amazing seventy-three million viewers!  And people say little exciting ever happens in February....

JAMES MURRAY.  Born on this day in 1901, Murray was an accomplished silent film actor during the early days of cinema.  His crowning performance was in King Vidor's 1928 classic The Crowd.  If you've never seen this remarkable film, we highly recommend it.  What it lacks in subtlety it compensates for in its impact.  The short synopsis of it is that it is the story of an average man who does good - reaches the pinnacle - then falls into the pits of despair.  It mirrored Murray's own life in uncanny ways. Only eight years after the film's release, he was a desperate beggar on the streets of New York, scraping by day-to-day until his untimely death by drowning at the age of 36.

QUOTE:  Show me a man who is a good loser, and I'll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss. - James Patrick Murray (not the guy with a birthday today)

ANSWER:  A)  Finn