Before the apparently unstoppable and unending gummy craze swept the Western world, there were Dots.
I clearly remember the first time I ate Dots. The year was 1958. I was in the School Store across the street from Portage Park elementary school. I went up to the counter and asked for "dots," but what I wanted were the strips of paper with small, hard, many-colored candies impressed upon them. What I got were Dots…and I was too shy to say that these were not what I wanted. But man, did I want this candy after that!
Now, every time I got to the movie theater, I get Dots…except at the Lake Theater, where for some unaccountable reason, there are no Dots on offer.
I cannot imagine what lame and unacceptable reason might be offered for the lack of this classic snack at the Lake Theater, an otherwise exceptionally excellent establishment.
In the lobby of the Lake Theater, you can find Raisinets, Milk Duds, Sno-Caps (which used to be called Nonpareils), and an abundance of other favorites…but no Dots.
This is an unbelievable omission in an otherwise strong line-up of empty calorie treats-to-watch-movies-by.
So I beseech Gen. Mgr: Jim Boughamer and all the other fine folks at Lake Theater: give us some Dots! This is a big deal!!
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