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Siblings' food memories don't always match

Dick with sisters Carole and Debbie.

This story originally aired June 27, 2018.

Food memories are no more reliable than any others.  I learned that this week after an email exchange with my sister, Debbie.  Deb's been binge listening to Food for Thought and wrote to chat about a recent one in which I mentioned my childhood experience shopping for live chickens with my mother. 

She thinks I'm imagining it.

"I'm only four years younger than you and I think would definitely have remembered that."  Seems real to me, but even if Deb's right, at least I got a show out of it.

Our email exchange was so much fun that I shared it with Nancy Leson, hoping of course to get another show out of it.  That prompted her to get in touch with her own siblings on the same topics. She had completely forgotten the reason why their mother shoo'd them from the kitchen early on Sunday spaghetti nights.

Nancy and Sherry still making food memories. This time with frozen custard.

Though we can agree it was all about hotdogs and pinball machines, my sister Carole says the place we loved was Adventurer's Inn in Yonkers.  I say it was Cook's on the Boston Post Road. It had a huge neon windmill sign.  Great dogs and pastrami inside, and a big room full of pinball and skee-ball machnes in back. Now I can't even find a single reference to the place on the web.  Could I have imagined that, too?

One thing "The kids" and I do agree on is what happened the time I attempted to make a pizza from the Chef Boyardee boxed kit.   When we pulled it from the oven the best I could manage was "Well, better than nothing."

"Nothing would have been better," sister Carole corrected.

"Memory, like liberty, is a fragile thing." –  Memory researcher Elizabeth Loftus

Dick Stein has been with KNKX since January, 1992. His duties include hosting the morning jazz show and co-hosting and producing the Food for Thought feature with the Seattle Times’ Nancy Leson. He was writer and director of the three Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen. Previous occupations include the USAF, radio call-in show host, country, classical and top-40 DJ, chimney sweep, window washer and advertising copywriter.
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