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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

We all scream for ice cream

Sad times for all ice cream lovers. It has been reported that
Irvine Robbins, one of the co-founders of the ice cream chain
Baskin-Robbins, died yesterday at the age of 90 after a long
illness. Robbins had opened his first ice-cream shop in 1945
after being discharged from the army, using funds that he 
had gotten from his bar mitzvah. His brother in law, Burton
Baskin, opened his own ice cream shop a year later. By the
end of the 1940's they had joined forces, flipping a coin to see
whose name would come first. One of their corporate policies
was to allow employees to eat all the ice cream they wanted,
because, as Robbins simply stated, "I don't want my employees
stealing." Baskin and Robbins also decided to sell their
stores to managers, pioneering the concept of franchises for
ice cream stores. Robbins, who retired in the 1970's, once
declared that "Frankly, I never met a flavor I didn't like."
Personally, there were some flavors that didn't suit my
palate, but I severely miss the old Baskin-Robbins that we
used to have in our fair city. But perhaps it is best, I am sure
I would be having even more weight issues if Jamocha 
Almond Fudge, simply the best Baskin-Robbins flavor EVER,
was readily available to me! 

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