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Updated Jan. 22, 2006
Posted Jan. 28, 2002

Hotdish Hoedown 2002

Book survives immersion in Jell-O; Ziploc seeks endorsement

Having borrowed "Why I Can't Read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays" by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn some years ago, a longtime Hotdish Hoedown guest unable to attend the 2002 potluck planned ahead.

While whipping up a batch of orange Jell-O and gelling it in a 8x14-inch glass pan, R.J. had carefully wrapped and sealed the 158-page paperback (University of Wisconsin Press, ISBN 0-299-1514401) in a Ziploc freezer bag, folding over the edges and securing them with scotch tape.

"The care he took in using two Ziploc bags, in double-bagging, really made the difference," the hostess said. "Some party-goers thought the book wouldn't make it, but it is in pristine condition, which is especially amazing, since he had the book knocking around his house for a couple of years before plunging it into gelatin."

RJ labeled the pan, "Thanks for the good read," and contributed it to Jell-O contest, courtesy of his family, who carefully transported the literary work to the community center for the party.

"Ziploc has called several times," the hostess added. "They want RJ and I to hit the talk-show circuit, to demonstrate how the book and the Jell-O were handled."