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  1. #1
    Sheldon Guest

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    Irvine Robbins, co-founder of Baskin-Robbins ice cream store chain,
    dies at 90, daughter says

    By ROBERT JABLON,AP
    Posted: 2008-05-06 16:54:14

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Irvine Robbins, who as co-founder of Baskin-Robbins
    brought Rocky Road, Pralines 'n Cream and other exotic ice cream
    concoctions to every corner of America and places beyond, has died at
    age 90.

    Robbins had been ill for some time and died Monday at Eisenhower
    Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, said his daughter Marsha
    Veit.

    While the company advertised that it offered 31 flavors, in fact it
    has created more than 1,000 flavors, according to its Web site.

    Generations of kids trooped to Baskin-Robbins stores to buy ice cream
    flavors like Jamoca, Daiquiri Ice, Pink Bubblegum, Nuts to You and
    Here Comes the Fudge.

    "Frankly, I never met a flavor I didn't like," Robbins told The New
    York Times in 1973.

    Some were short-lived and created to mark specific events, such as
    Lunar Cheesecake for the 1969 moon landings and Valley Forge Fudge for
    the 1976 U.S. bicentennial.

    When the Beatles were to arrive in the United States in 1964, a
    reporter called to ask whether Baskin-Robbins was going to commemorate
    the event with a new flavor.

    Robbins didn't have a flavor planned but quickly replied, "Uh, Beatle
    Nut, of course."

    The flavor was created, manufactured and delivered in just five days,
    according to the Web site.

    Robbins opened his first ice cream store in Glendale, California, in
    December 1945, following his discharge from the Army. He used $6,000
    from a cashed-in insurance policy his father had given him for his bar
    mitzvah.

    Robbins offered 21 flavors at the store.

    "In light of what Baskin-Robbins was to become, that first store was
    incredibly amateurish," according to a biography by his daughter Veit.
    "It was called 'Snowbird' because Robbins couldn't think of anything
    else. The opening was delayed for a day because the paint on the floor
    hadn't dried."

    His cousin Sybil Hartfield bought $39 of the first day's sales of $53,
    according to the biography.

    His brother-in-law, the late Burton Baskin, opened his own ice cream
    store in neighboring Pasadena a year later. By the end of the 1940s,
    they had joined forces to create Baskin-Robbins. Robbins recalled they
    used a flip of the coin to decide which name came first.

    They also decided to sell their stores to managers, pioneering the
    franchise concept for ice cream stores.

    As corporate policy, employees were allowed to eat all the ice cream
    they wanted, because, Robbins said, "I don't want my employees
    stealing."

    Robbins was dedicated to upholding the quality of his ice cream
    regardless of the cost, his daughter said.

    "Everybody has a proprietary interest in ice cream," Robbins told the
    Times for the 1973 story. "All you have to do is mention ice cream and
    everybody has a flavor."

    Baskin-Robbins was sold to United Fruit Co. in 1967, but Robbins
    continued to work for the company until retiring in the 1970s.

    Today, Baskin-Robbins is part of Dunkin' Brands Inc. and has more than
    5,800 franchises worldwide.

    In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife, Irma; another
    daughter, Erin Robbins; a son, John Robbins; and sisters Shirley
    Familian and Elka Weiner. His son is a noted author ("Diet for a New
    America") and advocate of vegetarianism and natural foods.


    Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. The information contained in the
    AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise
    distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated
    Press. Active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.
    05/06/08 16:45 EDT
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  2. #2
    Lynn from Fargo Guest

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    On May 7, 7:09*am, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    . . ."Everybody has a proprietary interest in ice cream," Robbins
    told the
    Times for the 1973 story. "All you have to do is mention ice cream
    and
    everybody has a flavor."
    ================================================== ==========
    from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    Lynn in Fargo
    (also Dacquri Ice)


  3. #3
    Lynn from Fargo Guest

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    On May 7, 7:09*am, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    . . ."Everybody has a proprietary interest in ice cream," Robbins
    told the
    Times for the 1973 story. "All you have to do is mention ice cream
    and
    everybody has a flavor."
    ================================================== ==========
    from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    Lynn in Fargo
    (also Dacquri Ice)


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    Sheldon Guest

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    On May 7, 11:32�am, Lynn from Fargo <lynng...@i29.net> wrote:
    > On May 7, 7:09�am, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    > �. . ."Everybody has a proprietary interest in ice cream," Robbins
    > told the
    > Times for the 1973 story. "All you have to do is mention ice cream
    > and
    > everybody has a flavor."
    > ================================================== ==========
    > from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    > loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    > correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    > Lynn in Fargo
    > (also Dacquri Ice)


    My favorite was Mandarin Chocolate.


  5. #5
    Sheldon Guest

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    On May 7, 11:32�am, Lynn from Fargo <lynng...@i29.net> wrote:
    > On May 7, 7:09�am, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    > �. . ."Everybody has a proprietary interest in ice cream," Robbins
    > told the
    > Times for the 1973 story. "All you have to do is mention ice cream
    > and
    > everybody has a flavor."
    > ================================================== ==========
    > from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    > loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    > correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    > Lynn in Fargo
    > (also Dacquri Ice)


    My favorite was Mandarin Chocolate.


  6. #6
    l, not -l Guest

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    On 7-May-2008, Sheldon <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    > > loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    > > correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    > > Lynn in Fargo
    > > (also Dacquri Ice)

    >
    > My favorite was Mandarin Chocolate.


    Make mine Baseball Nut
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

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    l, not -l Guest

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    On 7-May-2008, Sheldon <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    > > loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    > > correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    > > Lynn in Fargo
    > > (also Dacquri Ice)

    >
    > My favorite was Mandarin Chocolate.


    Make mine Baseball Nut
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

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    Lynn from Fargo Guest

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    On May 7, 1:32*pm, "l, not -l" <lal...@cujo.com> wrote:
    > On *7-May-2008, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    >
    > > > from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    > > > loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    > > > correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    > > > Lynn in Fargo
    > > > (also Dacquri Ice)

    >
    > > My favorite was Mandarin Chocolate.

    >
    > Make mine Baseball Nut
    > --
    > Change Cujo to Juno in email address.


    ======================================
    Baseball Nut had a raspberry ribbon but I forget what kind of nuts. I
    loved that too.
    Lynn in Fargo - no B/R here anymore :-(

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    Lynn from Fargo Guest

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    On May 7, 1:32*pm, "l, not -l" <lal...@cujo.com> wrote:
    > On *7-May-2008, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    >
    > > > from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    > > > loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    > > > correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    > > > Lynn in Fargo
    > > > (also Dacquri Ice)

    >
    > > My favorite was Mandarin Chocolate.

    >
    > Make mine Baseball Nut
    > --
    > Change Cujo to Juno in email address.


    ======================================
    Baseball Nut had a raspberry ribbon but I forget what kind of nuts. I
    loved that too.
    Lynn in Fargo - no B/R here anymore :-(

  10. #10
    l, not -l Guest

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    On 7-May-2008, Lynn from Fargo <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > On *7-May-2008, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    > >
    > > > > from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    > > > > loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    > > > > correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    > > > > Lynn in Fargo
    > > > > (also Dacquri Ice)

    > >
    > > > My favorite was Mandarin Chocolate.

    > >
    > > Make mine Baseball Nut
    > > --
    > > Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

    >
    > ======================================
    > Baseball Nut had a raspberry ribbon but I forget what kind of nuts. I
    > loved that too.
    > Lynn in Fargo - no B/R here anymore :-(


    Cashews. On Monday, when I went to see if B'ball Nut was in season, I was
    saddened to find the B-R I usually go to has gone out of business. Guess
    I'll have to hit the Yellow Pages and see if there is another somewhere in
    the metro (St. Louis) area; I had to drive about 10 miles to the one that
    closed - I may have to buy in larger quantities if I have to go very far.
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

  11. #11
    l, not -l Guest

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    On 7-May-2008, Lynn from Fargo <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > On *7-May-2008, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    > >
    > > > > from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    > > > > loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    > > > > correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    > > > > Lynn in Fargo
    > > > > (also Dacquri Ice)

    > >
    > > > My favorite was Mandarin Chocolate.

    > >
    > > Make mine Baseball Nut
    > > --
    > > Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

    >
    > ======================================
    > Baseball Nut had a raspberry ribbon but I forget what kind of nuts. I
    > loved that too.
    > Lynn in Fargo - no B/R here anymore :-(


    Cashews. On Monday, when I went to see if B'ball Nut was in season, I was
    saddened to find the B-R I usually go to has gone out of business. Guess
    I'll have to hit the Yellow Pages and see if there is another somewhere in
    the metro (St. Louis) area; I had to drive about 10 miles to the one that
    closed - I may have to buy in larger quantities if I have to go very far.
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

  12. #12
    Van Guest

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    "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:ZsnUj.2824$[email protected] t...
    >
    > On 7-May-2008, Lynn from Fargo <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> > On 7-May-2008, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    >> >
    >> > > > from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    >> > > > loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    >> > > > correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    >> > > > Lynn in Fargo
    >> > > > (also Dacquri Ice)
    >> >
    >> > > My favorite was Mandarin Chocolate.



    I know it's OT, but:

    If it's gotta be one, I like Ben & Jerry's "Chunky Monkey".

    Van



  13. #13
    Van Guest

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    "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:ZsnUj.2824$[email protected] t...
    >
    > On 7-May-2008, Lynn from Fargo <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> > On 7-May-2008, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    >> >
    >> > > > from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    >> > > > loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    >> > > > correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    >> > > > Lynn in Fargo
    >> > > > (also Dacquri Ice)
    >> >
    >> > > My favorite was Mandarin Chocolate.



    I know it's OT, but:

    If it's gotta be one, I like Ben & Jerry's "Chunky Monkey".

    Van



  14. #14
    blake murphy Guest

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    On Wed, 7 May 2008 08:32:30 -0700 (PDT), Lynn from Fargo
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On May 7, 7:09*am, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    > . . ."Everybody has a proprietary interest in ice cream," Robbins
    >told the
    >Times for the 1973 story. "All you have to do is mention ice cream
    >and
    >everybody has a flavor."
    >================================================= ===========
    >from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    >loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    >correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    >Lynn in Fargo
    >(also Dacquri Ice)


    i have fond memories of champagne grape ice from when i was a sprout.

    your pal,
    blake

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    blake murphy Guest

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    On Wed, 7 May 2008 08:32:30 -0700 (PDT), Lynn from Fargo
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On May 7, 7:09*am, Sheldon <PENMAR...@aol.com> wrote:
    > . . ."Everybody has a proprietary interest in ice cream," Robbins
    >told the
    >Times for the 1973 story. "All you have to do is mention ice cream
    >and
    >everybody has a flavor."
    >================================================= ===========
    >from the seventies/eighties "Here Come the Nuts" - plain vanilla
    >loaded with (lightly salted) mixed nuts (no peanuts , if I remember
    >correctly.) I might have the name wrong.
    >Lynn in Fargo
    >(also Dacquri Ice)


    i have fond memories of champagne grape ice from when i was a sprout.

    your pal,
    blake

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