Q. Where can you buy Jack's Pizza -- the Super Cheese variety? My wife loves the stuff, but she can no longer find it. Yet she accuses me of not buying it because I think it's too unhealthy for her. Please assure her I would never stand between her and an occasional treat.
-- K.S., of Columbia
A. I'm sure you can remain the big cheese in her life once she learns Jack's Super Cheese has been discontinued. But, boy, that stuff must have left some kind of impression, considering it hasn't been produced since 2009 -- the year before Nestle acquired the Jack's brand from Kraft, according to Deborah Cross at the Nestle Pizza division in Northbrook.
Cross does have a suggestion that might earn you -- and Nestle -- some Brownie points, though. If Jack's original cheese variety can't satisfy her fromage cravings, you might try their latest devious idea: Jack's Pizza Fries. These are thin strips of pizza that are dipped into a marinara sauce. There is no tomato sauce on the strip itself, but it does have a thicker layer of cheese than the regular pizza, which might take your wife back to happier times with her pies.
It's so new that it's not yet listed on the site where you can find where to buy the many Jack's varieties -- www.nestleusa.com/product-locator. But, says Cross, it's so widely distributed around the Midwest that you're likely to find it anywhere Jack's is sold, so you might want to stir up her taste buds with a little private pizza party soon.
Q. I am trying to find the date my grandmother died. Her married name was Iva Clark, nee Zollman, and she died in the summer of 1954 at St. Mary's Hospital in East St. Louis. I am a shut-in with no computer, so if you can find this information for me, I will make a small donation to your favorite charity.
-- H.B., of Cahokia
A. Your offer is most gracious, but hardly necessary. For those who aren't aware, the Belleville Public Library has conveniently gone through the old East St. Louis/Metro-East Journal and several other papers and recorded the date and location of every published death on index cards, which are arranged alphabetically in cabinets near the WPA files on the second floor. Thanks to that tedious work, it took me longer to walk to the library than it did to hunt down the death notice.
Your grandmother died Saturday, July 17, 1954. Kassly Funeral Home handled the arrangements, which involved forwarding her body back to her hometown of Newark, Ark., for services and burial. I'll send you a copy of the notice that appeared July 19 in the Journal for any family album you might be compiling. Best wishes.
Q. I am trying to track down an article published in the Metro-East Journal in 1955. I hear maybe that Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville has the paper's files. Can you tell me more?
-- G.J., of O'Fallon
A. Looks like I can kill two birds with one stone today. As you may have surmised from the previous answer, there may be no reason you have to travel all the way to Edwardsville to find the article you seek. If you know the date the article appeared, you quickly can look it up on microfilm at the Belleville Public Library, just as I did once I found the date of the death notice. The library has a set of the paper's films until it went under in 1979.
Of course, if you need to do more extensive research, you may have to turn to SIUE, which took the old Journal morgue of about 400,000 items that it says covers primarily the period from the 1950s to the paper's final days. In that case, I'd start by calling the Lovejoy Library at 650-4636.
On the original "This Is Your Life" from 1952-1961, Ralph Edwards hosted every show except two. What famous actor/politician filled in for him?
Answer to Sunday's trivia: Alaska wanted a flag of its own. After being purchased from Russia in 1867, the only flag it had flown was the U.S. flag - even after it won territorial status in 1912. So, in 1927, the state's American Legion challenged junior high and high school students to design a banner that was emblematic of the huge territory. The winner was 13-year-old Benny Benson, of Seward, whose simple design of the Big Dipper pointing to the North Star on a field of dark blue beat out 700 other entries. He chose the Big Dipper -- also known as Ursa Major ("Great Bear") -- to symbolize the bears in Alaska and their strength.
For his creativity, he earned a gold watch engraved with his flag design and $1,000, which he applied toward his education in diesel mechanics. When Alaska became a state in 1959, they kept Benny's stellar achievement -- and then added to it by adopting "North to the Future" as the state motto in 1967.
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