December 8, 1992
Boston. -- A few months ago, not long after I wrote about my many unexpected encounters with Spam in Hawaii, I received a box in the mail. It was a six-pack of Spam products from Hormel.There were two cans of original Spam, two cans of 25-percent-less-salt Spam and two cans of 25-percent-less-fat-and-salt Spam Lite. Of course, the fine print on the side of the 25-percent-less varieties said, ''Not Recommended For Sodium Restricted Diet.''An enclosed letter said, ''Please accept this gift of 'Hawaiian Soul Food' as a souvenir of your spring vacation to Hawaii.
September 2, 2001
What's pink and squishy and was once called a war-time delicacy? It's Spam, the "miracle meat in a can" that first hit supermarket shelves in 1937 and is now about to get its own museum. It seems the spiced ham -- hence, "Spam" -- is more popular than ever. Set to open Sept. 15 in Austin, Minn., the Spam Museum pays tribute to one of the country's most-loved and most-loathed food products and the company that makes it: Hormel (whose Austin headquarters are about 100 miles south of Minneapolis)
March 29, 2003
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November 30, 2008
Some things should never make a comeback: the Yugo, Celebrity Boxing with Tonya Harding and Danny Bonaduce, the lime-green pantsuit Hillary Clinton wore on her first campaign swing through Iowa. I put Spam on the no-comeback list, too. Yet now comes word that Spam - the pink slab of pork and ham that comes in a can from Hormel, not the junk mail in your inbox - has become wildly popular again in this staggering economy. At a little over two bucks a can, it's a cheap way to eat something that looks like meat's illegimate cousin, but is, in fact, actual meat.
October 31, 1990
I won't say that everybody has a Spam story, but many people do. Mine begins once upon a time in Baltimore, when four friends lived at the top of Wickham Road, just near a big, jungly forest of tall trees. Now, the four friends had been told by their mothers not to go into the forest, but they kept looking longingly at the green and secret depths, so close to their red brick row houses."You'll get ticks," said their mothers. "You'll fall and get hurt. You'll get lost. You'll get dirty!"One fateful Saturday afternoon, the four had, as usual, blown their allowances in Irvington on a movie (25 cents)
January 1, 2004
Happy New Year! Is your inbox any cleaner yet? Theoretically, it should be. The federal Can-Spam Act officially took effect when the clock ticked off the last second of 2003, which means those creeps who have been sending us pitches for mail-order Viagra, body-part enhancers, diet supplements, cut-rate mortgages, intimate photos of bored Russian housewives and, of course, anti-spam programs, are supposed to clean up their act. What are the odds that...