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    • Michael Rielly
      By Michael Rielly
      Dorcas Reilly, Creator of Green Bean Casserole, Dies at 92
      Friends and family are mourning the creator of an iconic recipe and a Thanksgiving staple.
      NBC Connecticut
      By David Chang
      October 23, 2018

      EXCERPT:
      Friends and family are mourning the creator of an iconic recipe and a Thanksgiving staple.
      Dorcas Reilly, the inventor of Campbell’s green bean casserole, died on Oct. 15. She was 92. 
      “Dorcas was an incredible woman, whose legacy will live on in more than 20 million American households this Thanksgiving,” the Campbell Soup Company wrote on its website. 
      Reilly, of Haddonfield, New Jersey, gained fame while working for Campbell’s Home Economics department in 1955. She combined green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup to create what was originally called “Green Bean Bake.” The recipe would later be known as green bean casserole, referred to by Campbell as “the mother of all comfort foods.” 
      Dorcas left Campbell's in 1961 and returned in 1981 to serve as manager of the Campbell’s Kitchen. She then retired in 1988. Campbell's donated Dorcas’ original recipe for green bean casserole to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002. 
      A spokesperson described Dorcas as a person who was admired for her “humble and unassuming nature.” 
      “Dorcas would often share that the first time she made her famous recipe, it did not receive the highest rating in Campbell’s internal testing," the spokesperson wrote. "Yet, it was her persistence and creativity that led to an enduring recipe that will live on for decades to come.”
      SOURCE: https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/national-international/Dorcas-Reilly-Campbell-Green-Bean-Casserole-Death-498372271.html
       
    • Michael Rielly
      By Michael Rielly
      U.S. Postal Service to Issue Classic Santa Stamps this Christmas
      Art Features Images from 1950s Coca-Cola Ads

      PRNewswie-USNewswire
      June 26, 2018
      EXCERPT:
      It's beginning to look like a classic Christmas! This October, the Postal Service will ring in the 2018 holiday season with four Sparkling Holidays stamps featuring character-rich close-ups of Santa Claus.
      The Santa images are from Haddon Sundblom paintings created for The Coca-Cola Company holiday advertisements that ran from the 1940s through the early 1960s. Sundblom, a famed commercial artist, depicted a rosy-cheeked, smiling, grandfatherly man in a red suit that came to embody the very essence of "Santa." 
        The Sparkling Holidays stamps will be issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
      Additional details will be announced before the stamps' release.
      The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
      SOURCE: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-postal-service-to-issue-classic-santa-stamps-this-christmas-300672388.html
    • Michael Rielly
      By Michael Rielly
      Rockettes’ Christmas Show Gets More Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall
      Variety
      by Gordon Cox
      October 2, 2018
      EXCERPT

      The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” may have been around for 85 years, but don’t call it old-fashioned. The annual Yuletide showcase for the Rockettes is getting a major tech upgrade this year, boosting the show’s immersive and interactive elements, incorporating drones in the performance and bridging tech and live entertainment in ways that will all come together in a brand-new finale staged by Tony-nominated director Sam Buntrock.
      Don’t worry: This year’s “Christmas Spectacular” will still have that traditional Nativity scene, replete with live camels, which has always come toward the end of the annual production. But the new finale — featuring performers interacting with animation on one of the largest 8K LED displays in the world; 100 small, flying drones; live aerialists; and, of course, a new number for the Rockettes — will turn its attention to the North Star.
      “It’s an expressionistic sequence,” says Buntrock, known for meshing technology and theater in stage productions like the 2008 Broadway revival of “Sunday in the Park With George.” “It traces the North Star through time, and fragments that into points of light that then get carried forth into the world, in the tiny points of light on a Christmas tree or on a candle. It has this sense that the Christmas lights have an origin story — like Batman.”
      SOURCE: https://variety.com/2018/legit/news/christmas-rockettes-radio-city-music-hall-1202964995/amp/
       
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