Jacob Haller (jwgh) wrote,
Jacob Haller

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Another half-remembered story from my youth

This is based on memories of a story my parents told me when I was young, so I probably have a lot of it wrong.

My parents met in Chicago while they were in VISTA (which, if you aren't familiar with it, is sort of like the domestic Peace Corps).

This was during the Chicago riots, when parts of the city were essentially cut off from the rest of the city and essential services weren't available. VISTA took food, medical supplies, and so on into these areas. As part of this, they asked businesses to donate food and supplies.

One of the companies that they made this request to was Oscar Meyer. Oscar Meyer replied back saying that they were unable to donate any food, but they could donate a bunch of promotional sets of 45 RPM records of the Oscar Meyer Wiener song being performed in different musical styles.

The offer was declined.
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