Daily Bread for 12.9.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Midweek in town will be partly cloudy and mild, with a high of forty-seven. Sunrise is 7:14 and sunset 4:20, for 9h 06m 38s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 3.7% of its visible disk illuminated.


It’s the birthday of a frozen-food industrialist:

Clarence Frank Birdseye II (December 9, 1886 – October 7, 1956) was an American inventor, entrepreneur, and naturalist, and is considered to be the founder of the modern frozen food industry….

In 1925, his General Seafood Corporation moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts. There it employed Birdseye’s newest invention, the double belt freezer, in which cold brine chilled a pair of stainless steel belts carrying packaged fish, freezing the fish quickly. His invention was subsequently issued as US Patent #1,773,079, marking the beginning of today’s frozen foods industry. Birdseye took out patents on other machinery, which cooled even more quickly, so that only small ice crystals could form and cell membranes were not damaged. In 1927, he began to extend the process beyond fish to quick-freezing of meat, poultry, fruit, and vegetables.

In 1929, Birdseye sold his company and patents for $22 million to Goldman Sachs and the Postum Company, which eventually became General Foods Corporation, and which founded the Birds Eye Frozen Food Company. Birdseye continued to work with the company, further developing frozen food technology. In 1930, the company began sales experiments in 18 retail stores around Springfield, Massachusetts, to test consumer acceptance of quick-frozen foods. The initial product line featured 26 items, including 18 cuts of frozen meat, spinach and peas, a variety of fruits and berries, blue point oysters, and fish fillets. Consumers liked the new products and today this is considered the birth of retail frozen foods. The “Birds Eye” name remains a leading frozen-food brand.

On this day in 1844, Milwaukee gets her first daily:

1844 – Milwaukee’s First Daily Newspaper Published

On this date Milwaukee’s first daily newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, was published. David M. Keeler served and manager and C.L. MacArthur was the editor. [Source: History of Milwaukee, Vol. II, p.49]

Here’s the Wednesday game from Puzzability:

This Week’s Game — December 7-11
Candle Holders
For each night of Hanukkah this week, we started with a title with AND in the middle and replaced all the letters with asterisks, except for one instance of each of the letters in the word CANDLE, including the AND. (Those letters may appear elsewhere in the title as well.) The day’s clue also indicates the date and category of the title.
2015 TV show: **C****  AND  L*E*
Secrets and Lies
What to Submit:
Submit the title (as “Secrets and Lies” in the example) for your answer.
Wednesday, December 9
1943 game: C*****  AND  L***E**

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