Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

The Father of Bubble Gum

Stan Freberg here. We lost the inventor of bubble gum not long ago. Walter Deemer, who was 93, invented it back in 1928. Be right back. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg here. If you have a piece of bubble gum handy, pop a bubble for its creator. In 1928, Walter Deemer worked for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company in Philadelphia. While testing different gum bases, the 23-year old accidentally hit upon a gum that made bubbles.

"It was an accident," he said later. "I made it pink, because that was the only food coloring I had around." The Fleer company put it out as "Dubble Bubble," and the rest is gum history.

Everybody loves bubble gum, except teachers. Think of the millions of school desks with pink wads of bubble gum stuck underneath - a tribute to Walter Deemer, who was never paid a royalty by Fleer. They did, however, make him a vice-president.

Big deal. This bubble is for you, Walter.

(SFX: Bubble popping)

Stan Freberg here.

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