Rich Galen

As I had never heard of Tom Petty and the Tomcats (or whatever the name of the band was which played at halftime) I watched about 20 minutes of "How It's Made" on the Discovery Channel and now know everything I believe I will ever need to know about cranberries and how they are prepared for market.

What happened to the good old days when the Super Bowl halftime featured REAL Americans like Paul McCartney?

On a completely different subject, a study by Clemson University reported in the New York Times proves that the infamous Seinfeld episode in which George Costanza is caught "double dipping" his chip into the dip is true.

According to Harold McGee's NY Times piece, food microbiologist Professor Dawson's conclusion was:

"Before you have some dip at a party, look around and ask yourself, would I be willing to kiss everyone here? Because you don't know who might be double dipping, and those who do are sharing their saliva with you."

My guess is, Professor Dawson doesn't get many dates.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at