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Trivia Question

What was the No. 1 TV show in 1953?

Soup's Up!

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Is there anything better on a chilly fall evening than a bowl of homemade soup?

As sad as I am to see summer go, the highly anticipated fall tradition of homemade soup is a welcome treat at our dining room table. Vegetable, chili, chicken noodle: we make (and eat) it all as soon as there is a nip in the air.

Soup has been a staple in the American diet since the days of the early settlers, who conjured up vats of potato soup thickened with sassafras, and oyster soup made with fresh harvests from the bays.

Soup has also played a background role in major historical events. Legend has it that President Lincoln's last meal included mock turtle soup. And, according to a recovered menu from the well-known maritime disaster of 1912, the last elegant meal for first-class passengers on the RMS Titanic featured hors d'oeuvres followed by a choice of consomme Olga (a veal stock soup flavored with sturgeon marrow) or cream of barley soup.

I am no chef; the residents of my home will never find consomme Olga in their bowls. But whenever I whip up a batch of soup, simmered on the stove or in the slow cooker all day, I do receive a round of grateful accolades. Soup is a comfort food that takes us back to our Good Old Days. When I was young, a hot, steamy bowl of chili was waiting for me after a long day playing in the piles of autumn leaves. Aromatic chicken noodle soup was lovingly served to help clear my stuffy nose and congestion. And vegetable soup, made with tomato juice canned from the summer's bounty, sure brought a bit of sunshine to an overcast winter day.

The fall season may be unsolicited, but the soup season is always welcome.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. What's your favorite homemade soup? How does it remind you of your Good Old Days? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine! Here are a couple of email responses from the August 19, 2015, update question: What was your favorite new school supply in the Good Old Days?

Barbara W. shared: "My favorite school supply was a box of colored pencils. Crayons left marks when you piled pages together. They had that waxy feel. Colored pencils, however, left no wax marks -- just clear, smooth color. I loved the way the wooden pencils smelled. And I could create anything and go anywhere my imagination would take me with just my box of colored pencils and an expanse of white, whether it was paper or a wall or whatever."
Jody M. agreed with the editor: "My favorite thing was Crayola Crayons too. We had a round, hard plastic ice cream tub with our old and broken crayons. I am 60 years old and some remain from my kindergarten days. We just recently gave them to my niece for my great-niece to use."

Special note from Mary Beth: The publisher of Good Old Days magazine, Annie's, is excited to announce a craft festival extraordinaire! Annie's Craft Festival: Learn, Meet, Create will be a stellar crafting event! It will be held in Fort Wayne, Ind., at the Grand Wayne Center from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2015. The festival offers classes taught by top instructors in crochet, knitting, quilting, sewing, card making, paper crafts, cross stitch, floral crafts, painting and more. There will also be a marketplace where you can shop for a wide variety of craft items, and a gala dinner featuring keynote speaker and best-selling author Debbie Macomber. More information about the festival and preregistration are available at I'll be teaching a fun writing class called "Preserving Your Memories." Sign up today! I hope to see you there!

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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Trivia Answer

The I Love Lucy show introduced "audience reaction" to live productions that were filmed for television. It was the No. 1 show in 1953 and a perennial favorite from 1951 through 1961; reruns are still shown on TV even today. Stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz became household names for many years to follow.

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