"Let's Float this Idea..."
In 1874, Robert Green operated a refreshment booth in Philadelphia. On a certain day, Robert ran out of ice and went to his friend's ice cream booth and substituted ice cream for ice. His root beer "floated" the ice cream and a new treat was invented. Today is National Root Beer Float Day and when we were kids Hire's Root Beer Extract was mixed in a crock. Mom would apply yeast, we'd wash used pop bottles and with an antique "bottle capper," we bottled our own "pop." As noted in a previous column, the final process meant gently placing the bottles in the sunlight and regularly spinning them to reduce any sediment. Too much sun caused "popping" pop. Homemade ice cream or J&T's Frozen Custard provided a great treat. Last year, on this date, my favorite President, Richard Manship, served root beer floats to the entire staff at WBRZ, Channel 2. Unfortunately, Richard is out-of-town so I asked my favorite General Manager, Rocky Daboval, to advance this great tradition... I'll have the rest of the story, tomorrow.