When I started at Hallmark Cards in 1992, my first position was in licensed properties. I was the editor for Peanuts and Garfield cards, and later Cathy and Ziggy and Disney and “Saturday Night Live” and pretty much any other licensed character that could sell a humor card.
I even traveled to Disney in California at one point and attended ‘Pooh College’ — as in Winnie the Pooh — and became somewhat of a corporate expert on how Winnie should look and sound to greeting card audiences, whether they be children, young adults, teens or even adult Pooh fans.
Because each Pooh is different. (You can quote me on that.)
Winnie the Pooh is also the World Ambassador of Friendship. The United Nations made an official declaration in 1997.
It’s a piece of trivia that you might find handy, because it’s National Friendship Day. Yep — Congress made that official as well, way back in 1935.
So, here’s my official note of gratitude to my friends — the ones I see every day, the ones I miss every day and the 340 I ‘talk’ to every day on Facebook.
I’m sure Pooh would approve.
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Did your Thanksgiving feast yesterday include pumpkin pie?
If the answer is no, it may not have been the result of poor menu planning. Your host or hostess may have been the victim of…
The Great Pumpkin Crisis of 2009
The what, you say?
The Great Pumpkin Crisis…the quietest food crisis since the Great Waffle Shortage just a few weeks ago.
Apparently heavy rains in Morton, Illinois — the Pumpkin Capital of the United States — depleted its pumpkin crop, and since Morton supplies Libby with 85 percent of its pumpkin, pie shells around the country were empty yesterday.
Not too many people, as it turns out. Like waffles, pumpkin is not a food stuff that incites screams of panic and outrage when it goes missing. No doubt yesterday cooks replaced the pie filling with sweet potato or pecan on their Turkey Day menu.
If there had been a beer shortage — well, let’s just say the football games might have been canceled.
I’m guessing only Linus cried…alone, in the pumpkin patch.
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Tagged Great Pumpkin Crisis of 2009, Great Waffle Shortage of 2009, Libby, Morton Illinois, Peanuts comic strip, pecan pie, pie, pumpkin, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, Thanksgiving, waffles