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The Gerber Baby



Dorothy Hope Smith was born in Hayattsville, MD and in the early 1910s, Dorothy's family relocated to Chicago, where she spent her adolescence. She studied illustration at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She met Perry Barlow there and they were married February 22, 1922 and honeymooned in France.

Her husband, Perry Barlow was a cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine, drawing 135 covers over the years in addition to many cartoons. He also contributed work to Collier's, The Saturday Evening Post and others. Because Perry was partially colorblind, his wife Dorothy helped with the color process of his work. Dorothy and Perry had 2 sons, Collins and Peter. Peter's child is Dorothy's only granddaughter. Dorrie carries her namesake, Dorothy "Dorrie" Barlow Thomas. After Dorothy's death in 1955, their son Peter continued the color treatments to Perry's work. They moved to New York after they wed to pursue separate illustration careers. Eventually, the couple worked out of their Westport, Connecticut home.

Fremont Canning Company, owned and operated by Frank Daniel Gerber and his son Daniel Frank Gerber, were looking for a baby face for its new baby-food campaign that was to start in the later part of 1928. To find a baby face that it believed would represent the new baby food best, the Fremont Canning Company conducted a contest in the summer of 1928.
Dorothy Hope Smith submitted an unfinished charcoal drawing that was closer to a simple sketch than a professional drawing. This five-month-old baby was drawn with tousled hair, bright blue eyes, and round pursed lips. Smith told the judges that, if the sketch was selected as the winner, she would finish it professionally. The drawing won; but, to her surprise, the judges wanted no changes to it.

In 1928, the "Gerber Baby" symbol was introduced to help identify the new product. It was first used in a baby-food advertisement in Good Housekeeping. Within sixty days, Gerber Strained Foods using the "Gerber Baby" symbol had gained national recognition and it was distributed to various places throughout the United States. It became internationally recognized.




TV legend Sonny Fox to perform in Rahway Dec. 1


Kids’ TV hosts say the darndest things… and 1960s’ TV icon Sonny Fox will offer up plenty of wit and nostalgia when he brings his Wonderama revival to Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., 360 Hamilton St., Rahway.
An Afternoon with Sonny Fox features the popular kids’-show television host signing copies of his new memoir, “But You Made the Front Page: War, Wonderama and a Whole Bunch of Life,” as well as recreating many magic moments from the show.
From 1959-1967, the hottest ticket in New York was not to a Broadway show or a Yankee or Giant game. It was to get your kid on Sonny Fox's Wonderama show broadcast live on Channel 5. Demand for tickets was so high and the wait so long, expectant mothers were known to put in ticket requests in hopes they could secure a seat for their unborn child.
As comedian Whoopi Goldberg recalled, “On Sunday, I had to do two things: go to church and watch Sonny Fox.” American Theater Group, a New Jersey drama company in residence at Hamilton Stage, is organizing the event. Tickets are $40 and available online at hucpac.org, by calling 732-499-8226, or visiting the Union County Performing Arts Center box office, 1601 Irving St., Rahway.
“For kids of my generation, watching Sonny Fox was a fundamental part of growing up,” said Jim Vagias, American Theater Group’s co-producing artistic director. “We are thrilled he is visiting Rahway to allow us ‘Baby Boomers’ to experience this wonderful part of our childhood again." Fox’s unrivaled stature among the young New York metro audience enabled him to attract special guests from all walks of life, including Senator Robert Kennedy, the young cast of “The Sound of Music” film, and the designer of James Bond’s Aston Martin from the then newly released film Goldfinger.
In addition, the show regularly featured art lessons, magic performances by The Amazing Randi, riddles, Mad Libs and the favorite, Simon Sez. On Dec. 1 at Hamilton Stage, Fox will reminisce about the early days of live television and share choice Wonderama film highlights.
Audience members will get a chance to recreate some of the program’s favorite segments including stumping Sonny with riddles, playing Mad Libs and competing in Simon Sez.
“Hamilton Stage was created to showcase a wide range of eclectic entertainment appealing to a broad cross section of the community,” said Union County Performing Arts Center Executive Director L.E. McCullough. “An Afternoon with Sonny Fox is yet another exciting program devised by American Theater Group.”
For more information about American Theater Group, visit americantheatergroup.com.

For more information about the 2013-14 performance season at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage, visit hamiltonstagenj.com.

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Dean DePreta, called the "the titular head" of the Gambino crime family's southwestern Connecticut

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 Dean DePreta, called the "the titular head" of the Gambino crime family's southwestern Connecticut operation by federal authorities, was srntenced to 71 months in prison and fined  $50,000, and ordered forfeit $300,000 and required him to be supervised by U.S. Probation for three years following his release from prison.

DePreta was among 20 reputed Gambino associates, bookmakers and gamblers rounded up in June 2012. He was the only one who was denied bond and as a result has spent the past 16 months behind bars. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act through extortion and overseeing an illegal gambling operation that included a Costa Rica-based website and high-stakes clubs at 859 East Main Street and 614 Glenbrook Avenue in Stamford as well as at 2965 State Street in Hamden.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Chen said DePreta had as many as 30 bookmakers who paid a yearly fee to operate, and at least 200 committed gamblers. All this provided a $9 million profit in 4 1/2 years to the crime family, the prosecutor said.

One of the local bookmakers who cooperated with authorities was petrified when called to meet with DePreta at a local diner, Chen said. DePreta described the man as "easy pickings" whose family "got money," Chen said.

The man was forced to meet with DePreta and Nicholas "Nicky Skins" Stefanelli, a Gambino solider who was cooperating with the FBI after being caught in a drug deal. Stefanelli wore a wire during the meeting, which took place in a Southport diner. The bookmaker was told he had to come up with $5,000, court documents claim.