Jack Mingo posed the following question to a group of writers: What
lunchbox or boxes did you carry as a kid? Was that by your selection
or your parents, and how did feel about that? Was there a lunchbox you
always pined over that you never got? Any poignant or funny stories?
(Honolulu): a promotion copy writer for Hawaii Newspaper Agency.
"To this day I favor hot
the Dead Guy (Florida)
"I live a couple of blocks
from the school I used to carry the lunchbox to..."
Davida Chazan, The Chocolate Lady (JDC-Israel/AJDC-Romania, Jerusalem,
Israel; nee Evanston, Ill): administrative assistant (and part-time
"No lunchbox for me...."
Bob Pastorio (Staunton,
Virginia): restauranteer, gourmet chef, and writes a food column in
his local paper :
"I have a shameful secret to
William Allen (Portland, OR): multi-value database specialist, "Jeopardy"
contestant, and grandson of the creator of Ajax cleanser.
"Why I ended up with a Hogan's
Kathie Meyer (Washington
State): librarian at WSU, favors brought-from-home nourishment eaten
in the company of the newsgroup misc.writing.
"I desperately wanted a Monkees
(Dayton, Ohio): software engineer, martial artist, private pilot and
writer, not necessarily in that order.
"My first lunchbox was Scooby
Malia Wyckoff Fairhope,
Alabama: mom, writer, brown bag enthusiast.
robin's egg blue with Woodstock yellow trim on the edges."
Susan Hough (Pasadena
area): research scientist with a non-fanatical interest in vintage toys.
favorite was a dome-top US Mail lunchbox..."
Peter Hickman (Raleigh,
North Carolina): statistical programmer.
"My lunchbox experiences were
all in Albuquerque in the late 1960s."
Morphis (Carrboro, North Carolina): freelance writer and editor
"Favorite? Definitely the
Strawberry Shortcake Box..."
Dot Hightower (Albany,
"A thermos with milk inside. Either
an egg-salad or a bologna sandwich..."
Elyard (Tacoma, Washington): infamous for his sabotage of beach renewal
efforts, studies Russian, writes assorted and sundry items, and acts
as Technical Director/Designer for Stone Bug Net, a microstudio
"Mine always had a leaky drink
Pat Marcello (Pittsburgh,
PA): writer, collector, and forgiver of mothers.
"Although my 1964 box wasn't
extremely durable, I carried it the entire year, and it was still in
near mint condition when the year had ended."
Heidi Wessman Kneale
(Auntie Dem; Perth, Western Australia).
"I love, I live, I laugh, I
write. Oh yeah, and I wear glasses. And I had a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Carisa Showden (Chapel
Hill, NC.): graduate student in political science, with an emphasis
in political theory.
"These days I carry my lunch
in a plastic grocery bag..."
(Wyndmoor, PA): has a husband, two small children, a dog, a cat, four
snakes, 13 mice and the flu.
"I used ugly, offbrand lunchboxes or cheap plain plastic bags..."