Wednesday, June 30, 2010

James A. Dewar Inventor of the white man's soul food

Mr. Twinkie might sound like a Rehoboth Beach nickname but it belonged to James A. Dewar inventor of the Twinkie, that golden sponge cake with the creamy filling. It is a great Hostess snack food that is one of the basic food groups for some people. Dewar came up with the idea for twinkies in the 1930's. Mr. Dewar died today in 1985. He was quoted as saying "twinkies were the best darn tootin idea I ever had."

Archie Bunker, a character of the 1970s sitcom All in the Family, loved Twinkies. He even called it “the white man’s soul food.”

Originally they had banana flavored center but in the 1940's when bananas were rationed they switched to a vanilla creme and it was popular so they never changed back.

During the 60's when there were huge fears of a nuclear attack, Many bomb shelters were built. Twinkies were one of the most popular items to have because it was said that they "stay fresh forever".

It has become an American Icon, even president Clinton put one in a time capsule.

It takes 45 seconds to explode a Twinkie in a microwave

Monday, June 28, 2010

Second Span opens in 1973

Item picked up from "This Day in Delaware History"

Today in 1973 A second bridge across the Chesapeake Bay opened between Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of Maryland profoundly affecting Delaware's beach areas for decades to come.

That fact was compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Symington-Wayne. Dresser Industries (Wayne Pump)


Well the Wayne Pump building is nothing more than an empty field and parking lot now.

I did however come across some old Wayne Pumps in a collectible book and they seem to be valued.


The photo's are awful but the prices on Wayne Pumps seem to be doing very well - maybe even more than what they originally sold for.


From Gas Station Collectibles by Mark Moran at the Delmar Library.

The Seaford Art Show


I did stop by the art show in Seaford on Saturday.

I even bought something - no, not this $900 work of art - it was beyond my means. I also didn't find any Elvis on velvet to replace the one burnt in the fire.

Therein Lies a Tale


a week or so back I saw this guy putting up a sign along side of Gordy's Exxon.

There it; 6th Annual Poker Run July 17th

and now, a couple of days ago, it is gone - blown away? - ripped off in hate? - who knows?

J and J Auto Detailing is coming

Brian (Joe) Morgan of J and J Auto Detailing is planning a grand opening on Friday July 16th. His shop will be at 36362 Sussex Highway, Delmar DE 19940 Phone is; 443-404-3369. In simple terms the location is behind State Line Auto. RT 13 South between Allens Mill Rd and Snake Rd.

Their website says they offer many specialized services that can be purchased alone or in combination with other services and packages. From a quick wipedown to a complete "showroom ready" detail,they have something to fit your needs. Also offering monthly packages

Grand opening weekend coming up! stop by for great specials and limited time discounts

Some Double Mills Event

July 4, 2010—The annual Fourth of July Celebration,
sponsored by the Adkins Historical and
Museum Complex, will be held at the Adkins
Complex in Mardela beginning at 10:30 a.m. A
community church service will be held at 11
a.m., and there will be musical entertainment
throughout the day, along with great food and
children’s entertainment.


July 17, 2010—Chicken BBQ fundraiser at
Wright’s Market. Advance orders encouraged.
Contact any Double Mills member


October 2, 2010—Plans are underway for the 2nd
annual Double Mills Corn Festival to be held on
the grounds of Wright’s Market. This year’s festival
promises to be even bigger and better than last
year’s, which itself was a huge success! New food
items, more children’s games, more demonstrations,
and even more vendors are on the agenda
for the event. Great silent auction items this year

The Buying of the Virginia State Lottery – 1992

In 1992 as a result of previous games with no winner the Virginia State Lottery jackpot had crept up to $27,007,364 for the February 15th drawing. It set the stage to trigger a plan by the International Lotto Fund, an Australian trust led by professional lottery whiz Stefan Mandel, to buy all 7,059,052 possible ticket combinations in the lottery. This was all the possible combinations of six numbers from a string of numbers 1 to 44. The seven million entries required to cover all the combinations in a 44-number lottery is just half the number needed in a 49-number lottery so Virginia was the prime lottery for the trust to buy. In the three days before the drawing, 20 representatives of the Lotto Fund of Melbourne, Australia crisscrossed the state snatching up as many of the tickets as possible. The group bought tickets at 125 sites, all grocery and convenience stores in eight chains. They were only successful in purchasing roughly 85% of the possible tickets because of logistical difficulties. After all you had to have a completed lottery slip with each number combination made out and a clerk at the convenient store had to physically enter the number in the computer. Each game slip had room to select five combinations of six numbers, so the first step would require filling out 1.4 million slips. As I recall they had made arrangements with the stores that they would be the sole user of the store’s lottery computer that day. The store could handle about 2,500 tickets an hour but the lottery outlets were allowed to be open only 19 hours a day. So with only 85% of the number combinations purchased even the most heavily funded operation still had to rely on luck that they would have the winning number.

They were successful and won the 27 million dollar Lottery. The sole winning ticket in the Feb. 15 drawing was sold by a supermarket chain, Farm Fresh Inc., which accepted $3 million at its Norfolk headquarters from the trust for lottery tickets. At that time however the winnings were payable in annual installments over a twenty-year period. The end result for the 2,524 investors in the International Lotto Fund was $400 a year for each $3,000 unit bought in the trust. That would give an annual return of about 8% for each $3,000 unit owned, after subtracting the orginal $3,000 investment. Doesn't seem like a good return for the risk taken. Stefan Mandel, however as the consultant for the trust, netted $1.7 million in consulting fees for the deal.