Four Generations of Skinnies

20210111 Sunday morning text from Jeff, “Wanna join us for virtual church and skinnies?” For the uninitiated, this was not about praying for a trim waistline. Jeff was offering to continue a tradition begun by his grandma more than fifty years ago. Skinnies meant pancakes that were as large as a dinner plate, but thinnerContinue reading “Four Generations of Skinnies”

Christmas in the Time of Covid

20210108 Christmas season began with a bang. Or should I say a doorbell. When we opened the door, what to our wondering eyes should appear but an elf and two pair of jammies. It was The Elf on the Shelf. And he was especially exciting for us, having previously met his mates Noggin and WoodenContinue reading “Christmas in the Time of Covid”

Pack-O-Fun magazine – the debut

19510501 Build-A Products paid for groceries but little else. Mom and Dad, now in their early thirties, wanted to create something with a future. Mom had proven to be a guru full of ideas for turning empty boxes, egg cartons and plastic bottles into gifts, games and toys. Could they make a living from that?Continue reading “Pack-O-Fun magazine – the debut”

The Pack-O-Fun Backstory

I was only ten years old when my parents, Edna and John Clapper, published the first issue of Pack-O-Fun magazine, but I can still recall some of their adventure. That they knew nothing of publishing is an understatement. * * * Dad’s family lived in Minnesota and had been hard hit by the depression. HisContinue reading “The Pack-O-Fun Backstory”