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Thread #127899 Message #2859407
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
08-Mar-10 - 03:14 PM
Thread Name: Remember the Alamo (March 6, 1836)
Subject: RE: BS: Remember the Alamo
Santa Ana was a New Jerseyite- for a while. During one of his exiles from Mexico (a love-hate relationship) he introduced chicle, the basis for chewing gum, to Thomas Adams in the hope that it could be used as a substitute for rubber. That idea didn't fly, but it could be chewed. In 1884, with licorice added, Adams marketed Adams Black Jack gum. The enterprise involved Edward Beeman, who pushed pepsin as a digestive aid (Beeman's Pepsin chewing gum).
I have forgotten the exact details (posted somewhere in an earlier thread).
Just think, Santa Ana could have stayed in the U. S. and become a part of American entrepreneurial history!