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December 31, 2007 | 1 Comment

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Did you start Ketchup Advisory Board sponsorship due to Ronald Reagan's statement that it was a vegetable for school children?
Or what is the origin of the Ketchup Advisory Board?

Mary Wickline
San Diego

We wanted to promote the commonest food we could think of and thought that ketchup (or catchup, or catsup) qualified. It was either going to be ketchup or saltines. Or cottage cheese. We settled on ketchup. And then of course it turned into the saga of Jim and Barb and their dysfunctional family. Had nothing to do with Mr. Reagan.

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Dear Mr. Keillor,

I found your reference to ketchup and saltines in the same sentence interesting. My mother had a favorite snack .... saltine crackers with ketchup on them. Sounds a bit strange, but didn't know if this was a unique combination. Of course, she was from the Canadian prairies, and then spent many years in Minnesota. Maybe just a bent towards the simple pleasures!

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