Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 19, 1974 · Page 149
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 149

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 19, 1974
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time- for;- the grown-ups usually coincides with a collective, lusty clamor from the babies for their own meals--so one parent parcels out the portions of mashed banana and the formula refills, while the other cooks. Once the last dozing bundle has been bedded down for the night, the two tired parents, who both love good food, sit down to some quiet conversation - over a tasty meal accompanied by some of Gene's homemade wine. "It wasn't possible for us to relax like this at first," says Gene. "When Edna first got home from the hospital, we were inundated with calls-most of them congratulatory, but a few crazy ones from cranks, likening the quints to a litter of puppies and stuff like that "Mystics offered to help the' doctors keep the kids healthy. We even got mail from the White House: a letter from President Nixon-which was nice, considering we didn't vote for him!" Edna and Gene swapped notes with other parents of quintuplets, like the Kienasts of New Jersey, who have a four-year-old fivesome, and the Eteer family of Chicago, whose babies are nine months older than the Staneks'. 'They gave us a lot of tips on what to expect," says Gene, "and a lot of encouragement." No more windfalls At one time, having quints meant getting gifts and money galore, but attitudes have changed, so that the financial windfall enjoyed by the parents of the much-publicized Dionne quintuplets-- bom in Canada in 1934--is a thing of the past. Edna and Gene have to scrape along as best they can--with cribs, formula, baby food and clothes provided free by a department store and their local supermarket. The local community has provided a Children's Fund to. gather donations, a Catholic newspaper raised $1800 at a benefit "broom ball" game between local disc jockeys and Denver Broncos football players, and Gene's parents sponsored a dance in their hometown which brought in about $2000. But it's all a drop in the bucket, with the cost of raising kids The end of a perfect day: The kids have emptied their last bottles, so Edna and Gene have a nightcap. Tomorrow they'll be up at 6:30. what it is today--so the Stan- eks figure they'll be looking for advertising endorsement work in the years to come. Despite the stresses caused by their baby bonanza, the Staneks' marriage is on firm ground. Perhaps that has to do with what attracted Edna to Gene in. the first place, back in her relatively carefree single days. "Although I'd had a lot of fun dating different fellows," says Edna, "at 29 I was still in no hurry to give up my freedom and get married. "But when I met Gene, I thought to myself for the first time, 'Gee, he'd really make a good father.' Little did I know!" PARADE will have another on-the-scene progress report on the Stanek quints when they reach their first birthday. with proofs of purchase Minute LEMONADE from the makers of Minute Maid We'll sand you a coupon forfree Minute Maid lemonade when you buy Minute Maid orange " juice. . Start the summer right-with the delicious taste of lemonade from the makers of Minute Maid. Complete this form and send it to us (along with the proofs of purchase from Minute Maid frozen concentrated orange juice) and we'll send you a store coupon good for two free 6-ounce cans or one free 12-ounce can of Minute Maid frozen concentrate for lemonade. Either way, you'll enjoy a half gallon of good-tasting, thirst- quenching refreshment. -~ Or, if you prefer, you can use the coupon to enjoy other great tasting Minute Maid ades: pink lemonade, limeade, orangeade or lemon 'n limeade. They're all refreshingly delicious ...naturally. Matt to: LMMMtft Offer P.O. Box 19194 177024 Sand mft ny atom coupon oootf wr two fraa 6-ounc* cam or ona frae 12-ounoa-cwi of Minute MaUMro- ZMI oonowitiM* tor lamonada (or pMt lawionida. HHMMd*. ofanoaada or tomon 'n Hwaada). Ham «r» my plastic openino atrlpa from tour 6- OlinC* Cans. 1WO 12-OUnC* CW», Of on* 16-ounca can of Mlnuta MUd frown eonMMnttcl oranga juice. PIMM «tlow 4 weeks for delivery. Offer good through December 31, 1974. Offer good only In U.S.A. Void where prohibited. Please mail strips par postal regulations. Requests from groups or organizations will not be honored. Umlt one coupon par family. Ad* CHjr- "Minute Maid"* is a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company. If it's Minute Maid, there's no doubt about it 11

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