A Word On Food: Robert is Here


Joyce Carol Oates wrote, “In a time of social distancing writers find themselves, surprisingly, at an advantage.  Ever adaptable, we humans are also the storytelling species:  No matter the technology, no matter the grimness of our condition, we want to be told stories. 

In November of 1959 a delicious story began at a rural corner of a South Dade farm field. An eight year old boy by the name of Robert Moehling was given the task to sell an excess of the family’s cucumbers. 

The way I have heard the tale …. and any tale told as often as this one has every right to have a slightly curvy road  … was that he sold not a one his very first day. His exasperated father took a storm shutter and spray painted “Robert is Here” in cursive lettering.


Now it’s time to hit the ‘Listen on WLRN’ button at the top to hear the remainder of my show. ‘A Word On Food’ airs on WLRN every Saturday around 8:30 a.m. at 91.3 and also 91.5 on the radio. I want to thank so many of you who tell me in person how much you are enjoying the show!

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