Hydrox takes a backseat to Oreo
ASK MR. KNOW-IT-ALL
By Gary Clothier
Q: Can you tell me when and why Hydrox cookies became Oreos? — M.D., Naples, Fla.
A: Let me start off with a question: Do you know which cookie holds the title of being “America’s first creme-filled chocolate cookie”? If you said Hydrox, you are right. Hydrox was introduced by Sunshine in 1908; Oreo was introduced by Nabisco in 1912.
Over the years, Hydrox was sold to various companies. In 1999, Keebler replaced Hydrox with a similar cookie, Droxies. Droxies were dropped in 2003 after Kellogg’s took over. There was no merger of cookies; Hydrox was eliminated and Oreo became the undisputed king of creme-filled chocolate cookies.
According to cookie aficionados, Hydrox had a “tangy, less-sweet filling” and a crunchier cookie that stood up better in milk.
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Q: Years ago, I remember Chuck Connors — of “The Rifleman” fame — played baseball for the Chicago Cubs. Could you please give some information about him from when he played the sport? I remember seeing him on a Cubs baseball card. — L.V.G., Henry, Ill.
A: Kevin Joseph “Chuck” Connors was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940 as an amateur free agent. He did not make his major league debut until May 1949. He had only one at bat that season. In 1951, Connors played first base for one season with the Chicago Cubs. His batting average was .239. For super trivia junkies, he wore number 36 with the Dodgers and 40 with the Cubs.
From 1946 to 1949, Connors played two seasons with the basketball team the Boston Celtics. He was not very productive, which is why he tried baseball. He was also drafted by the NFL’s Chicago Bears.
He was born in April 1921 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and he died Nov. 10, 1992, in Los Angeles at age 71.
Q: At the start of the old TV Western “The Rifleman,” what kind of rifle is he using? — W.H., Terre Haute, Ind.
A: Chuck Connors is using a modified 1892 Winchester SRC .44-.40 caliber carbine with a standard 20-inch barrel. The signature rapid-fire mechanism was designed originally to keep Connors’ finger from getting punctured by the trigger as he rapidly fired the gun. The series ran from September 1958 until July 1963.
Q: What is the significance of the letters MHK on the uniforms of the New England Patriots? — H.G., Torrance, Calif.
A: The initials stand for Myra Hiatt Kraft (1942–2011). She was the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. She died of cancer at age 68. In her memory, all Patriots players wore a patch on their uniforms bearing Kraft’s initials (MHK) throughout the 2011-12 season.
Q: I used to read a trivia column by L.M. Boyd. Whatever happened to him? — Y.S.
A: I also read his column; he was one of the best. Louis Malcolm Boyd spent his entire career in the newspaper industry. He began writing a trivia column in 1963. Eventually his column appeared in nearly 400 newspapers. Boyd announced his retirement at the end of 2000, but because of popular demand, he brought the column back for a few more years. The final column ran on Aug. 7, 2004, when Boyd was 77. He died in January 2007. He and his wife, Patricia, were married 45 years and had six children.
(Send your questions to Mr. Know-It-All at AskMrKIA@gmail.com or c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)