Pat Shingleton: "No Ice, Use Ice Cream!"
In 1874, Robert Green operated a booth in Philadelphia. He ran out of ice, 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," it was bottled. The final process meant gently placing the bottles in the sunlight; regularly spinning them to reduce any sediment. Too much sun caused "popping" pop. Homemade ice cream or J&T's Custard provided a great treat. My favorite President, Richard Manship, is serving root beer floats to the staff at Channel 2, today.