The Dispatch from Moline, Illinois on October 5, 1994 · 11
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The Dispatch from Moline, Illinois · 11

Moline, Illinois
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Wednesday, October 5, 1994
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yiFi WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1994 " THE DISPATCH AND THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS Bl :90 i ( r '"r 1 O ' ; " :' YEARS o o . ... i-i. I n ill - - v - 'J r" . ( ( fr . . . ',. ; . ., ' - tf v nm-A :,&' WMwM' ' I t " I ti -in ( . ) "-"miwi'' naA X. . j ., ,. . i L.,jj. - I,. ....... jm-.- wm.. ..... Hi. .-..a:. Gary Krambeok staff Banana splits, those gooey ice cream concoctions loved by many Americans, were developed in Pennsylvania back in 1904. These splits were provided by Lagomarcino's, Moline. V J appi) birthd aij9 banana sp is ! O Knight-Ridder Newspapers The banana split, that hallowed American ice cream treat, the most indulgent concoction of all the one that makes hot fudge cream puffs and double-dip cones seem like self-denial draped in whipped cream, decorated with crushed nuts and crowned with a cherry, turns 90 this year. Soda fountain annals reveal that it was in 1904 that a young man named David Strickler, an aspiring pharmacist from Latrobe, Pa., was inspired by the soda jerks making sundaes he saw during a trip to Atlantic City. When he got home to Latrobe, he created what would become the Mt. Everest of ice cream sundaes. Strickler's original was made with three dips of ice cream on a split banana and topped with chocolate syrup, marshmallow, nuts, whipped cream and a cherry all for a dime. Back in its infancy, the banana split's fame spread quickly. It wasn't long before other enterprising soda jerks, including one Stinson Thomas of Butler's Department Store in Boston, made the claim that they were the devisers of the dish. Thomas tried to pull it off in 1905, with a version that included It was in 1904 that a young man named David Strickler ... created what would become the Mt. Everest of ice cream sundaes. a banana split lengthwise and topped with two small scoops of vanilla ice cream, each topped with a cherry. A few slices of peach, a bit of pistachio and crushed walnuts finished it off. Naah, that's not a banana split. Much of this banana split lore comes to us courtesy of Bryce Thomson of Eaton Rapids, Mich., who calls himself "the world's oldest soda jerk." After many years in the ice cream business in Eaton Rapids, Thomson became editor of the Sundae School Newsletter, a monthly publication that goes to members of the National Ice Cream and Yogurt Retailers Association in 14 countries. Thomson, 77, has been producing the newsletter for 13 years from his home, where he has an old-fashioned ice cream parlor in his basement, "complete with the wire chairs and old photos." Thomson admits his personal preference is for the tin roof sundae rather than the banana split. "Too time-consuming to make," he says from the standpoint of a former soda jerk one who rose to become president of the ice cream company before he retired. , Thomson backs up Strickler's claim as the originator of the banana split. "Ice cream researchers and historians officially recognize Latrobe as the birthplace of the banana split," he says. "Until other documentation is found, PLEASE SEE SPLIT, BIO t ' v- ' . - 1 i ET CETERA "Are we becoming ' more dishonest? 1 Knight News Wire : We Americans are growing more dishonest than ever in our pursuit of a buck. In a Money magazine ! survey, 24 percent of respondents said they -! wouldn't correct a wait- er who undercharged I them. In a similar poll Conducted in 1987, only 15 percent of respon- dents said they wouldn't correct the waiter. :S Nine percent said they'd keep the cash if - they found a wallet con-, taining $1,000. In the ' 1987 survey, 4 percent i said they'd keep the money. ". Iff wife is older, marriage is riskier Knight News Wire When it comes to a marriage partner, pick. on someone your own ;age. A new Canadian T study finds that divorce rates are low for couples ; close in age, especially i when the husband is the same age or older. Rates I J I Weekend fun Thursday in Life are lowest when the husband is six years older than the wife, with age differences of two to 10 years (husband older) showing generally low rates. The chance of divorce is much higher when the wife is older than the husband than when the husband is the older of the two. How do women flirt? With a smile San Francisco Chronicle After countless hours of watching men and women in public places such as bars, Monica Moore, associate professor of psychology at Webster University in St. Louis, has determined that women often make the first romantic move. In a paper published in the Journal of Ethology and Sociology, Moore listed 52 "gestures and other nonverbal behaviors" that women use to signal an interest "in interacting with certain men." How do they flirt? Let us count the top 10 ways (in descending order): Smile; type I room-encompassing glance; solitary dance; laugh; type n short darting glance; hair flip; lean; type in fixate glance; head toss; and a tie between gesticulation and "pointpermission grant" (envision an invitation). For women who dare to be different, here are the five least-used methods on Moore's list (in ascending order): Lipstick application; lateral body contact (woman moves under man's arm so as to drape it around her); hang (in which the woman puts her arms around the man's neck and lifts her feet off the floor); hike skirt; and eyebrow flash. To sleep well, go to bed alone Knight News Wire If it's sleep and not sex you're looking for, sleep alone. Couples accustomed to sharing a bed sleep better when they sleep by themselves, a British study reported. But researchers also found that the partners believed that they had slept better when they slept together, according to a report in the Washington Post , C l-N N 1-1 s0C Chris Birks staff Mike Whalen, owner of the Iowa Machine Shed in Davenport, has published 'The Machine Shed's Farm Style Cooking Cookbook.' It includes recipes from Machine Shed restaurants and customers. Restaurant publishes cookbook If you like the food served at the Iowa Machine Shed restaurant in Davenport, you'll want to check out this new cookbook. , , A collection of recipes from Machine Shed restaurants, their customers and foodagricultural associations now is on the market. Mike Whalen, owner of the Machine Shed restaurants, has published "The Machine Shed's Farm Style Cooking Cookbook," a hardcover book that sells for 19 OS "We started collecting recipes a year and a half ago," says Carmen Darland, spokesperson for Heart of America restaurants ."To do that, we had metal mailboxes painted and placed in the ' lobbies of the restaurants. We received recipes from all over the country because of the travelers. We also contacted some of the commodity groups and some associations identified with agricultural cuisine and farm cooking. We had a great response." "The Machine Shed's Farm Style Cooking Cookbook" is sold at the restaurants and at the Iowa Welcome Center in LeClaire. To PLEASE SEE BOOK, BIO ' - ' , ' : V '

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