News of the Week: Girl Scout Cookies, Spider-Man’s House, and Have You Ever Tried the Fosbury Flop?

In the news for the week ending March 17, 2023, are a costly cookie, filmhouse fears, John Jakes, and a number of other stories that aren’t so alliterative.


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What Would You Pay for a Raspberry Rally?

That question hasn’t yet reached the level of “what would you do for a Klondike bar?” but really, how much would you pay for a Girl Scout Cookie?

If you haven’t been keeping track of Girl Scout Cookie flavors, the newest one is the Raspberry Rally. It’s a crispy raspberry-flavored cookie covered in chocolate. They’ve proven to be so popular that they’re hard to find. They’re an online exclusive, and people have been snatching them up and reselling them on eBay and other auction sites. They’re usually $5 a box, but now they’re going for as much as $30.

This seller will sell you a dozen boxes for $200, which, all things considered, sounds like a deal.

By the way, the best Girl Scout Cookies are the Samoas, and don’t even try telling me otherwise.

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man!

What happens when you not only live at the Queens, New York, address where Peter Parker lived in the comic books, but your last name also happens to be Parker? Well, you get a lot of letters.

By the way, the house is for sale. All you need is $2.1 million.

How to Save America’s Small Movie Theaters

The combo of more home entertainment choices and the pandemic really hurt the movie industry, especially small movie theaters. Now actor Patrick Wilson and his friend are trying to save them, and CBS Saturday Morning has the story.

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Wienermobile Update!

I recently told you about Oscar Mayer’s search for young people to drive their famous Wienermobile around the country. The Washington Post has a fun piece on a day in the life of those drivers.

RIP John Jakes, Patricia Schroeder, Dick Fosbury, Otis Taylor, Joe Pepitone, Bert I. Gordon, Jesus Alou, Rick Scheckman, Pat McCormick, Bobby Caldwell, and Jerry Samuels

John Jakes was the author of such historical novel series as North and South, The Kent Family Chronicles, and The Crown Family Saga. He also wrote many stories for science fiction and mystery magazines. He died Saturday at the age of 90.

Patricia Schroeder was an influential, 24-year member of the House of Representatives who helped pass various legislation, including the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. She died Monday at the age of 82.

With his famous “Fosbury Flop,” Dick Fosbury changed forever the way athletes performed the high jump. He won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. He died Sunday at the age of 76.

Otis Taylor was a receiver who helped the Kansas City Chiefs win the 1970 Super Bowl. He died last week at the age of 80.

Joe Pepitone was an All-Star first baseman for the New York Yankees for eight seasons in the 1960s. He died Monday at the age of 82.

Bert I. Gordon directed or produced many of the great low-budget sci-fi and horror films of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, including The Amazing Colossal Man, Beginning of the End, Attack of the Puppet People, Village of the Giants, Food of the Gods, and Earth vs. the Spider (one of my favorites). He died last week at the age of 100.

Jesus Alou was an outfielder who won two World Series with the Oakland A’s and was one of three brothers who played in the MLB (the other two were Felipe and Matty). He died last week at the age of 80.

Rick Scheckman was a film historian and collector who was an important member of the crew on David Letterman’s NBC and CBS shows. He even appeared on-camera as several characters. He died last week at the age of 67. Leonard Maltin has a nice remembrance of Scheckman.

Pat McCormick was the first diver to sweep gold medals in two Olympics. She died last week at the age of 92.

Bobby Caldwell had a hit with “What You Won’t Do for Love.” He died this week at the age of 71.

Jerry Samuels — as Napoleon XIV — sang the classic novelty song “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” He died last week at the age of 84.

This Week in History

Girl Scouts Formed (March 12, 1912)

It was started by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia. The first troop had 18 girls.

Albert Einstein Born (March 14, 1879)

In a 1929 interview, the scientist told the Post’s George Sylvester Viereck that “imagination is more important than knowledge.”

This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Pillsbury’s Best Flour (March 17, 1934)

If you have a magnifying glass, you can probably make out that recipe and try it yourself. Or better yet, just subscribe to the Post and see every page of every issue!

March Is National Flour Month

I almost didn’t pick flour as our recipe ingredient this week. It’s such a common thing. It would be like celebrating National Water Week or National Stove Week. Hey, here are some recipes you can make on or in a stove!

But if I had chosen something else, you wouldn’t know about this Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie from Smitten Kitchen, or The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever from The Pioneer Woman. And you certainly wouldn’t be able to make Taste of Home’s Crispy Fried Chicken or these Old-Fashioned Southern Biscuits from Curtis Stone (try the beef stew too).

You can even use flour to re-create your favorite Girl Scout Cookie. The Samoas, of course.

Next Week’s Holidays and Events

Spring Begins (March 20)

At 5:24 p.m. EST, to be exact.

Earth Day (March 20)

Here’s the Post’s Ben Railton on how the day started and why it still matters today.


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  1. I Love The Post and have read it since I was a little girl.
    My Grandparents alway kept the issues for me to read.
    I’m so pleased to be seeing it in the present format but still enjoy the physical magazine.
    Regarding the Girl Scouts Cookie sales, in Santa Barbara they were out at every grocery store, bank and wide street with curb service… we bought 3 boxes this year.

  2. I have not seen any girl scout cookies being sold in person this year either. I do not understand why one of the cookies would be called the Fosbury Flop either. Flop means failure to me. Bob McGowan, shame on your teacher for showing your class such a ghastly movie. I have a niece and nephew in the 11th and 12th grades now, and they would never agree to watch something so awful. Leaving the class for good reason. The parents would be as upset for good reason also. I can tell you still love this movie. How could you? And how could Elizabeth Taylor have appeared in something this dreadful, with all that bickering? Thank goodness kids today would hate it. At least they have evolved in their tastes from when you were that age.

  3. Joe Pepitone was one of my favourite players. He was always Mr. Cool on the field. I remember him better as a member of the Cubs and later the Braves. He was so underrated.

  4. For a single Girl Scout cookie? A quarter. $5 (or now $6?) for a box, maybe. Of course I haven’t seen any girls and their moms in front of any stores, so I wouldn’t know. Have you Bob? Anyone else? People can sell whatever cookies they like for whatever amount they want, obviously. I’ve seen far more outrageous than this.

    I watched the segment on saving America’s small movie theaters. I think there’s a market for re-showing classic films from the mid-70’s and earlier. Speaking of, I had an English lit class in 11th grade (March ’74) where we had to write a review of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia of Virginia Woolf?” (from ’66) none of us had ever seen before!

    So great whenever the film projector was brought into the classroom. It was watched over 3 days per time allowance, and the students were spellbound. Not a peep other than the occasional gasps of shock: FROM THE ACTING, raw and real; no b.s. “special effects”.

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis; film perfection. The black & white was the frosting on the cake to stick the knife in even deeper. (“Getting angry, baby?”) Students 16-17 today wouldn’t be able to last 5 minutes of watching it. Actually, no. Make that less than 2 before they’d be running out of the classroom, headin’ for the hills!

    Love the 1934 Pillsbury flour ad. I wonder who painted it? It’s too bad the ’30s are (almost) always overlooked in the decades of the 20th. They weren’t ‘invisible’ and had their own uniqueness. Thanks for the link on Earth Day. More important than ever. I re-read it earlier and the comments, which I couldn’t have said any better myself.


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