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LifeSavers – “A Hole Lot of Fun”

May 19, 2017 by

 “Sometimes memories sneak out of my eyes and roll down my cheeks.”

Did you ever wish you could have just one special day back from your childhood? A day where you could be in a certain place, with a specific person, at a particular time? A day you could freeze and thaw anytime you wanted? I think memories work like that.

I have many ”wish days” but there’s one that I’d love to relive. That certain place would be at our family store, Davidek’s Market, the specific person would be my dad, and that particular time would be after school.

When I was in junior high, the bus left me off 2 blocks from our little neighborhood store.  I’d walk there after school. Wednesdays were one of my favorite days to come through that swinging glass front door. I knew my dad would be waiting for me. In his crisp white starched apron, standing behind the wooden meat block cutting pork chops, probably for our next door neighbor’s dinner. I see him smile and hear him say, “There she is,” as I dropped my books near the black metal, manual adding machine.

Wednesday. It was the day our candy order was delivered. My dad knew to leave it for me to stock. It’s the day I got to open orange boxes of Clark Bars; brown and green boxes of Milky Ways; red, white and blue boxes of 3 Musketeers and cellophane wrapped boxes of Wrigley’s, Juicy Fruit, Double Mint and Teaberry gum. But my favorite candy treasure to open was the little packs of Life Savers.

Did you know LifeSavers were first made in 1912 by chocolate maker Clarence Crane because he wanted a sweet treat that wouldn’t melt in the summer heat? They got their name because they looked like life preservers.

Right in the middle of my dad’s long, white, porcelain meat counter sat a long metal LifeSavers holder. That holder held that same spot for as long as I could remember. I loved filling in each spot with the different colored rolls. I’d unwrap my favorite flavor first –Wild Cherry, which always seemed to be the first ones to go (hmmm . . . I think I had something to do with that). Then the multi-colored 5 Flavor rolls. The green Wint-O-Green. Next the blue Pep-O-Mint. Each little roll fitting snuggly in their designated spot.

Then when I was all through with my candy duties, I’d grab my roll of Wild Cherry LifeSavers, pull that little green string through the foil and plop one in my mouth. Just like it was yesterday, a burst of that sweet cherry delight swirling across my taste buds can bring it all back to me.

Memories of that one special day sneaking into my eyes. Just me and my dad, in the store after school, laughing and talking behind that white porcelain meat counter. With a roll of cherry LifeSavers in my pocket as I catch a tear rolling down my cheeks.

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An interview with Gary Duschl about the Worlds Longest Wrigleys Chewing Gum Wrapper Chain

April 22, 2010 by

Gary Duschl and the Worlds Longest Chewing Gum Wrapper

The other day, I had the good fortune to communicate with Gary Duschl who holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the LONGEST chain made out of gum wrappers.   I asked Gary if he would share his experience with the readers of our  candy blog and below is an excerpt from his reply.

I find project amazing on many levels, both physically and metaphorically, and it is one of the more interesting uses for recycling candy/gum wrappers   – Jon H.Prince, President, CandyFavorites.com

I started the gum wrapper chain on March 11, 1965 while a student in the ninth grade.  As some of the kids were making them and I asked them to show me how to do it.  My competitive nature took over and I had to have the longest chain in the class, then the school, then the town and I just kept going from there.

My wife and I visited the Ripley Museum in Niagara Falls in 1992 and saw what was on display as a giant gum wrapper chain.  My chain dwarfed that one, and after contacting the manager, I found that there was an actual Guinness Record for gum wrapper chains.

I contacted Guinness and they advised as to what I would have to do to register my chain with them.  After doing so, I have held the Guinness World Record for the longest gum wrapper chain ever since.

The chain is made up of Wrigley wrappers only but, unfortunately, Wrigley’s has stopped putting wrappers on their gum in North America which makes finding suitable wrappers more challenging.

I have been in and on numerous radio programs, books, newspaper articles and TV shows including the Rosie O’Donnell show.  I have recently returned from a press conference and book signing at the Ripley Museum in Times Square.  The president of Ripley Entertainment signed the 3 millionth link (1,500,000 wrapper) at a special presentation.

I have been working on the chain now for over 45 years and I do get the odd comment about it being a waste of time although I look at it differently.  I worked as a General Manager with the responsibilities for four plants for the last 40 years and have just recently retired.  I play golf, baseball, hockey and guitar and have a number of other outside interests.

I work on the chain while relaxing in front of the TV and add to it a little every day.  I do this as well as other things, not instead of other things and it is surprising how things grow if you add to them a little at a time on a regular basis.

I have averaged 91 wrappers a day for the last 45 years and the result is a chain 63,527 feet long. It is measured by professional land surveyors every March 11th and I send this new information to Guinness every year so they can update their data base.

I am very proud of my status with Guinness and with Ripley’s.  It is a tremendous feeling to be recognized as the best in the world in your field or profession.  Guinness has recently nominated my record as one of the top 100 records of the decade.  After the polling by Guinness of fans all over the world, my record was voted tops in my category (stunts) and as a result is now included in the Guinness top 10 records of the decade.  My ultimate goal is to have my Guinness World Record Gum Wrapper Chain reach a marathon length of 26.2 miles.

My website is www.gumwrapper.com and no, I have not chewed all the gum myself.  I have received wrappers from wonderful people all over the world. I also have a video on YouTube which I use to show people how to make their own chains