Mullin was my cellmate for several years. I even got him a job in the prison kitchen where I worked. One of the guards asked me to do it in order to protect Herbie. I always called him that. It’s like me, I never introduced myself as Edmund Emil Kemper III before the authorities did it for me. Herbie was hated by the other prisoners, because he pissed them off all the time. Often they would break his face. One day I find him in the showers and I realize that he has kept the bar of soap, although he has already bathed. "Excuse me, Mr. Mullin, do you have soap? There’s no more around here.“
That short guy hates me, I thought, he’s always intimidated by those who are taller than him. That’s how we met. I said to myself : “Little guy, you don’t lose anything by waiting.” And then I find out he loves Planters peanuts. I buy about twenty packs, I give him some and he must think: “Wow, that guy offers me peanuts and I haven’t done anything for him. I don’t even know him.”
MC: Yixing, if you could travel back in time and visit the US 100 years ago, what would you do? Who would you want to see? Yixing: ♫ I wish to go to the US, eat delicious hamburgers, and then meet my idol,,,, Michael Jackson?
Italian immigrant and co-founder of the Planters Peanut Company, Amedeo Obici was born on July 15th, 1877 in Veneto, Italy. Amedeo settled in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania region and co-founded the company with another Italian emigre, Mario Peruzzi. The company’s iconic logo of an anthropomorphic gentleman peanut was created by fourteen year old schoolboy Antonio Gentile in 1916.
Bookmark from the Collection on the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair, Queens Museum, 2011.1.117WF39.