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December 2019 issue

Page 12A THE BEACON December 2019

Where Have My Penguin Cookies Gone

By Mary-Alice Helms

Does anyone else remember

those delicious Keebler

creations called “Penguin

Cookies”? Oh, my. Think of a

cookie sandwich, made of two

chocolate wafer cookies put together

with a creamy chocolate

fudge filling, then dipped in a

coating of smooth milk chocolate.

Talk about diet-breakers!

Of course, they are no longer

available. Keebler has discontinued

producing them. I tried

googling “Penguin cookies,”

and got some lovely pictures

of sugar cookies with penguins

on them, penguin-shaped

almond cookies, and penguin

mints. No Keebler’s Penguin

Cookies. They just don’t exist.

Another of my favorite

snacks was the cereal, Puffed

Rice. I used to eat it like popcorn—no

milk, no sugar. Unable

to find it in stores, I again

turned to my faithful computer.

The first listing was from eBay

and turned out to be a 2” x 3”

refrigerator magnet, designed

to look like a miniature Puffed

Rice box. Not at all what I

had in mind! This site also

advertised a “genuine 1950’s

Puffed Rice box”. It was just


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the empty box, shipped flat, for

$47.33! I quickly learned that

one can find almost anything

if price is no object! I did find

several food companies that

advertised puffed rice, with

prices ranging from $8.00 for a

1.5-ounce package to a dozen

6 oz packages for $33.48, or

$5.58 per ounce.

Another “lost” item that I

really wanted was Salt Sense,

a low-sodium product that I

have used for years. That, too,

I found online—at $11.75 for

three 10 ounce packages. Pricey,

yes, but it will take a long,

long time to use 30 ounces of

salt (I keep telling myself!).

My kids mention many

other foods from their childhood,

with great longing.

Things like “Whip and Chill”

and “Crispy Critters” and

“Alphabits” cereals. Those

two kinds of cereal could

provide entertainment as well

as good breakfasts. As for me,

I’ve been looking for “Raggedy

Peaches.” Does anyone

else remember those? They

came in large cans and were,

indeed, “raggedy,” not all

smooth and slick. I think that

they were of the freestone,



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and not the cling variety.

Of course, there are many

things, in addition to foods,

which have slipped away

from us with time. Kids no

longer play the games which

our kids played for hours in

the pre-electronic age. They

loved Green Ghost, Mystery

Date, and Shenanigans, along

with many other board games.

There were household items

we thought we had to have,

but which have disappeared

without a trace. Our niece, Nicole,

wanted a flour sifter as a

shower gift, but only the kind

that her grandmother had,

which featured a unique backand-forth

handle for sifting.

Her mother finally found one

for her in an antique store.

Maybe it is nostalgia, or

perhaps some things simply

were “better” to us when we

were young. One thing I’m

sure of: Nothing will ever

compare to a fresh- out- ofthe-

box Penguin cookie!


H ere

It’s been a long time for

this, so I’m a bit on the rusty

side. I haven’t written a newspaper

column since July of

2011. That’s when I left The

Harrison Press after being an

editor and columnist there for

the better part of twenty-five


Since it’s been a while,

I’ve decided to use this first

column to give you an idea

about who Ollie Roehm is.

Here goes.

I was born in Margaret

Mary Hospital in Batesville in

October of 1952. At the time,

my parents lived in a little

shotgun shack on SR 101

in Negangard’s Corner, just

outside of Sunman.

We eventually moved to a

house on Logan Road, now

known as North Dearborn

Road. I attended Bright Elementary

School, now known

as The Possum Saloon, from

the first grade into the fifth.

The family moved during

my fifth-grade year to the

old Siefferman farm on the

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Indiana side of Carolina Trace

Road in Franklin County. I

went to Springfield School

out near Mt. Carmel through

seventh grade. In eighth

grade, they sent me to Whitewater

Township School, and I

graduated high school there in

1970. There were thirty-five

people in the class; a lot of

them were farm kids like me.

I just told you all that

growing-up stuff to prove

my Indiana bona fides. I’m

a born-and-raised Hoosier.

Some of my family still

resides near Milan, and I

grew up hearing tales of the

Indians’ 1954 state basketball

championship. My dad, aunt,

and uncle were sitting in the

Hinkle fieldhouse bleachers

when it happened.

I left Indiana in 1971 to attend

school at the University

of Cincinnati. After bouncing

around Cincy for a few years,

I found the love of my life

in 1974. We were married

in 1975 and, truth be told, I

said “I do” to three beauties

on that October afternoon.

Mary had two girls, ages five

and two. Six years later, we

welcomed our son into the


Times were tough, and I

can’t remember all the jobs

during the early years of our

marriage. You took whatever

came along. The job market




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stunk to high heaven, and

there were a wife and two

little girls to worry about. In

1981 I started getting paid to

play music, and that helped

make ends meet. More about

that later.

In 1987 I went to work at

The Harrison Press as an advertising

sales representative,

and by 1989 I was serving as

editor. You might think being

the editor of a small-town

newspaper would be a laidback

gig, maybe even boring.

You’d be wrong.

We gave our readers the

news about everyday stuff

like births, deaths, schools,

sports, city and township

government, etc. But it was

often a wild ride, as we covered

murders, rapes, robberies,

fires, drownings, plane

crashes, mayoral scandals,

police scandals, elections,

fraud, embezzlement, thefts,

tornadoes, floods, droughts

and so much more.

Our work resulted in eleven

National Newspaper Association

awards, including three

first-in-nation for my column,

“From Here.” We received

nineteen Ohio Newspaper

Association awards, which

included six first-in-state for

the column. I’m kind of proud

of all that.

Future Beacon columns will

focus on everyday observations,

humor, local people,

local history, music, the

adventures of a small-town

newspaperman, and whatever

else I can pull out of my old

brain and heart.

I thank Tamara Taylor and

the folks at The Beacon for

allowing me to get back in

the saddle. And I thank you,

saddle pal, for riding along

with me. Without you, there’s

not much point to any of this.

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